A place to rant about politics, the media, and especially the electorate. Much like alcohol, the electorate is both the cause of, and the solution to, all of America's problems.

Location: Seattle, Washington

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press...

Except if the press fucks up - then they're out. One and done. And especially especially if "rights-loving"* freepers attack, Then they're definitely out.

CBS was going to do a segment on Iraq/forged Niger documents, but they've killed it:

The Iraq segment had been ready for broadcast on Sept. 8, CBS said, but was bumped at the last minute for the segment on Mr. Bush's National Guard service. The Guard segment was considered a highly competitive report, one that other journalists were pursuing.

CBS said last night that the report on the war would not run before Nov. 2.

"We now believe it would be inappropriate to air the report so close to the presidential election," the spokeswoman, Kelli Edwards, said in a statement.

I for one think they made the right decision. Moreover, I wish such decision making had been in place 30 years ago during Watergate - it was MUCH too close to an election for a free press to tell the truth. Sheesh.

In football, there's a type of position called "defensive back". Basically they're the ones whose job it is to intercept passes thrown by the offense's quarterback. Concerning defensive backs, there's a stock saying: "DBs have to have a short memory". They get balls thrown at them play after play. Sooner or later the guy they're covering is going to catch one. DBs can't afford to wallow in such failures, because there's another play starting in 30 seconds. Similarly on the flip side. The DB doesn't have time to exult in the glory of a great play, because, well, there's another play starting in 30 seconds.

It seems to me that CBS is wallowing in their failure, and indeed has had the coach pull them from the game and put them on the bench.

What a bunch of pussies.

* Just so no one is confused: Freepers love protecting their rights. They also love infringing on others'.


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