Thursday, June 01, 2006

David Reinhard Writes the Definitve Line of the Times

Sarcasm can be a dangerous thing in print. The Oregonian's David Reinhard tried it this morning and came up with the definitive statement on the war in Iraq. That's what big-time columnists do. They turn out lines that historians can quote to tap into the true mood of the era. They say things instinctively. In the Reinhard column Thursday about the incident with the Marines at Haditha, David fired off the following sentence: "Never mind the actual facts of the matter." Yes, he was mocking the reaction to the incident, but what a sentence. Isn't that what Steve Colbert has been saying? It's not the truth, but the "truthiness"? David has inadvertently stumbled onto the definitive line of the Bush years: Never mind the actual facts of the matter.

No one should want a rush to judgement on the Marines at Haditha - an incident that happened more than half a year ago. Representative Murtha has tremendous contacts in the military and he seems to believe it was ugly. Of course, David Reinhard thinks Murtha should have waited till the official Pentagon findings were announced - at least their latest version. That sounds fair, unless Murtha felt that if he didn't go public, the chances that this incident would get the proper attention would be greatly diminished. Last November is already quite a while ago, and this White House has been known to cover up a thing or two. But David Reinhard writes like this administration is a determined messenger of the truth. Just allow them enough time to investigate and they will turn over the real story to the American people. See? Now I'm being sarcastic. We all know this administration views the truth as a bigger enemy than Osama. The White House has been engaged in one long spin campaign, complete with fake news stories, deception, and an endless series of lies. Isn't that what they ultimately said about the Iraq War: "Never mind the actual facts of the matter"? That's why people like Murtha go public. That's why Joe Wilson went public. Because if no one says anything, the White House wins. David Reinhard doesn't like the way this incident is being used to make the case that the Iraq plan was flawed. But you know if there was anyway the White House could use it as a PR boost for themselves, they would do it - even if they had to lie. Ask Pat Tillman's family how that works. Maybe David Reinhard should write speeches for President Bush. That would be a great opening line for everything the President says: "Never mind the actual facts of the matter."

THE MARINES IN IRAQ

18 Comments:

At 8:11 AM, Blogger carla said...

Great piece. Really excellent.

Reinhard is truely shameless.

 
At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Never mind the actual facts of the matter": good catch. You nailed it.

 
At 9:18 AM, Anonymous wetman said...

In the world of Bush/Rove/Cheney, the truth is one of many tactical options; nothing more, nothing less.

 
At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of the 'truth' of the matter, I believe our city would be a far better place if its citizens just ignored Reinhard. Eventually, his bosses would notice that no one cares how he repeats what the talking points tell him. Whatever else you might think of the Oregonian, I think they want a little originality on their pages, and Reinhard just can't get it up in that department.

 
At 10:55 AM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Regardless of the 'truth' of the matter, I believe our city would be a far better place if its citizens just ignored Reinhard. Eventually, his bosses would notice that no one cares how he repeats what the talking points tell him. Whatever else you might think of the Oregonian, I think they want a little originality on their pages, and Reinhard just can't get it up in that department.

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

You can say that again.

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

I am going to assume your 'say that again' comment was aimed at me. More people need to say it again -- and again and again....

Unfortunately, we can't just ignore the neocons and their puppet Bush. We need to keep speaking out.

Thanks for you site. I really enjoy it.

 
At 7:01 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Thanks for the kind words, Laurelhurstdad. I just took a comic moment when the message was repeated, but I really appreciate you writing in.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

Now you made me feel foolish! The double entry was because there is no feedback when you submit, and I wasn't smart enough to check that the first post had indeed been posted.

But I do appreciate that you didn't make fun of my 'Thanks for you site', which was a typo, I swear!!

And now that I have your attention, can you start another blurb about Voter Owned Elections? I would think the solution is to give each qualified candidate a checking account. They could spend as they see fit, but someone in the Auditor's office would have to co-sign. They could do an immediate check on what the money is for, and there would be a record of where it went. Simple? Am I missing something here? Given that it's free money to the candidate, they shouldn't complain about the extra step.

What do you think?

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

Given the Rolling Stone piece that I mentioned in a post above "Voter Owned Elections" is now the most ironic phrase in America. I'll keep a heads up in case I get a take on this subject. I am hoping to blog more now that May is done. Maybe something called "Diebold Owned Elections"?

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger LaurelhurstDad said...

I'm sure that someone, somewhere, will pick up on 'DOE', with the Diebold connection. The idea of anonymous votes, cast by a machine, programmed and controlled by Republican-paid functionaries, is something to broadcast everywhere.

Of course, Reinhard (remember him?) loves the idea. Keeps the riff-raft out of the process.

 
At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Tenskwatawa said...

Bill, Laurelhurst, distinguished visitors:

There is a way around touch screen Bushelection fraud: WRITE-IN ballots.

For your House Representative.

Just everyone get in agreement ahead of time WHOSE NAME in your District to WRITE-IN.

Emails. Phone calls. Even blogs.

No Democrats No Republicans, by party lable. Our country is divided between rich and poor. NOT between Democrats and Republicans. D's and R's are all the rich. Those two political parties are one big enemy against the people, our country, and D's and R's hate our mission statement of Fair Elections, Liberty, and Justice for all.

The Democrat and Republican political parties are the enemy.

As for David Ratfart -- it is not possible to both ignore him and buy the newspaper at the same time.

Keep your money from where your mouth isn't. Also boycott cable TV -- religious supremacists, like Ratfart, get their money from our subscriber dollars.

BANKRUPT fascist mass media.

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A joke for Leno:

Pictures of WMD in the White House:
Wrinkled Manly Dysfunction.

Punchline: Condie says "bad intelligence."
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June 2, 2006 -- A White House source, speaking on background, vehemently denied to WMR that there are marital problems between President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush over a reported extramarital affair between Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. However, two mainstream media sources have confirmed that their sources also have reported an ongoing affair between Mr. Bush and Rice.

The mainstream media is hamstrung in reporting stories about Bush's personal life. For example, in 2001, the media highlighted Bush's comments about his passing out from choking on a pretzel while watching a football game in the White House. In reality, Bush, who claims he gave up drinking years ago, passed out from being inebriated. Washington's movers and shakers knew the story about Bush's drinking but the media studiously avoided it.

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June 1, 2006 -- UPDATED -- Rocky shoals for Bush marriage? Informed sources Inside the Beltway report that First Lady Laura Bush has established temporary residence in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC as a result of a tiff with President Bush over an extramarital relationship involving her husband. Mr. Bush's tryst is said to involve Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It is not known how long Mrs. Bush plans to remain at the Mayflower, however, her security detail has been present at the hotel during hours when the First Lady would normally be residing in the White House. While she was National Security Adviser, Rice, who has never been married, referred to George W. Bush as "my husband" before she corrected herself and said, "President. Bush" Rice was speaking at a dinner hosted by New York Times bureau chief Philip Taubman when she made her "husband" remarks.

WMR is tracking the Laura Bush story.

 
At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A joke for Leno:

Pictures of WMD in the White House:
Wrinkled Manly Dysfunction.

Punchline: Condie says "bad intelligence."
--------

www.WayneMadsenReport.com

June 2, 2006 -- A White House source, speaking on background, vehemently denied to WMR that there are marital problems between President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush over a reported extramarital affair between Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. However, two mainstream media sources have confirmed that their sources also have reported an ongoing affair between Mr. Bush and Rice.

The mainstream media is hamstrung in reporting stories about Bush's personal life. For example, in 2001, the media highlighted Bush's comments about his passing out from choking on a pretzel while watching a football game in the White House. In reality, Bush, who claims he gave up drinking years ago, passed out from being inebriated. Washington's movers and shakers knew the story about Bush's drinking but the media studiously avoided it.

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June 1, 2006 -- UPDATED -- Rocky shoals for Bush marriage? Informed sources Inside the Beltway report that First Lady Laura Bush has established temporary residence in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC as a result of a tiff with President Bush over an extramarital relationship involving her husband. Mr. Bush's tryst is said to involve Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It is not known how long Mrs. Bush plans to remain at the Mayflower, however, her security detail has been present at the hotel during hours when the First Lady would normally be residing in the White House. While she was National Security Adviser, Rice, who has never been married, referred to George W. Bush as "my husband" before she corrected herself and said, "President. Bush" Rice was speaking at a dinner hosted by New York Times bureau chief Philip Taubman when she made her "husband" remarks.

WMR is tracking the Laura Bush story.

 
At 4:39 PM, Anonymous Miles said...

Reinhard serves an important function for the thousands of Portlanders who suffer from chronic low blood pressure. Just read one of his regular lying propaganda pieces and you're right up there in the normal range again.

But monitor yourself carefully. One too many Reinhard articles could kill you.

 
At 4:40 PM, Anonymous Miles said...

Reinhard serves an important function for the thousands of Portlanders who suffer from chronic low blood pressure. Just read one of his regular lying propaganda pieces and you're right up there in the normal range again.

But monitor yourself carefully. One too many Reinhard articles could kill you.

 
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