Friday, February 17, 2006

The real Elmers in "Fuddgate"

Jon Ham over at Carolina Journal points out an obvious flaw in the White House press corps which should be apparent to anyone who has ever even dabbled in journalism:

"Imagine if just one of the reporters assigned to cover the vice president had staked out the entrance to that ranch in Texas instead of waiting in some warm spot to be spoon fed by a flak. At some point they would have seen an ambulance arrive. Don’t you think that would have piqued some reportorial interest? But apparently that’s not the way reporters who cover the president and vice president work.

In truth, the White House press corps does very little news gathering, if by that we mean beating the bushes to find out things. Instead, they sit in a comfortable auditorium and wait to be told things. One White House correspondent rarely scoops the others, evidently because the correspondents would rather have the security of getting news handed to them collectively than face the prospect of missing a big story.

Not unlike the way the liberal Media wants real life to work. Just sit back and let the government take care of you.

It just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, knowing the Fourth Estate is watching our government like hawks. Well-fed hawks. In gilded cages.

(Special thanks to the lovely Mary Katherine Ham over at for this link. Yes, she is Jon's daughter. At least that is what she says. If the White House press corps were responsible for verifying this, we would never know.)

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