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Excellent post by Andrew Sullivan

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Andrew Sullivan is a conservative, but he thinks. Here’s a very good post by him:

Roger Simon nails it [and do click this link—I’ve posted the beginning below – LG]. For one brief moment, the press looked at the fantasist incompetence of the Republican establishment and did some actual reporting and vetting. Now, they seem cowed again by a bully like Steve Schmidt. For my part, I don’t believe the lesson of the past eight years is that the press should not ask every single question – and get honest, prompt answers – when we are being told things that we have to take on trust. After the WMD fiasco, when we all but gave the president the benefit of the doubt in wartime to be truthful about the very basis of a war, we have a responsibility to keep probing, filtering, vetting, asking. It’s our fricking duty. I learned my lesson not to take anything these people say on trust.

The McCain camp landed America and the world with someone who could technically be president of the US next February with close to no vetting and no real knowledge of who she is – and we are supposed to just accept the propaganda being peddled by people who once worked for Karl Rove.

Never again. Keep asking. Keep Googling. In so many ways, the Republican myth machine has finally met its match. It’s not the “Washington establishment” for Pete’s sake. They were busy sipping champagne and nibbling on truffles with Washington celebrity McCain at fabulous restaurants until very recently. It’s you, ordinary citizens with modems and questions. That’s who they’re afraid of. That’s who they want to intimidate.

Not this time.

Here’s the beginning of the Roger Simon piece:

On behalf of the media, I would like to say we are sorry.

On behalf of the elite media, I would like to say we are very sorry.

We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked.

We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice?

Bad questions. Bad media. Bad.

It is not our job to ask questions. Or it shouldn’t be. To hear from the pols at the Republican National Convention this week, our job is to endorse and support the decisions of the pols.

Sarah Palin hit the nail on the head Wednesday night …

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

4 September 2008 at 11:38 am

Posted in GOP, Media

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