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Russert Watch: Running from Sheehan and the Truth Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington: Russert Watch: Running from Sheehan and the Truth Arianna Huffington
Mon Aug 15,11:27 AM ET

Today Andrea Mitchell was sitting in for Tim Russert -- once again, no mention of that on the Meet the Press web site. If there were any more proof needed of how ensconced this show is inside the D.C. establishment, here is how Mitchell brought up Cindy Sheehan in her interview of Joe Biden: "There is a mother of a soldier who died in Iraq who is protesting down in Crawford and has now been joined by organized anti-war protesters. Do you agree with Cindy Sheehan? Should we withdraw immediately?"

Can you imagine another way of formulating the obligatory question about Sheehan that would more easily have allowed Andrea -- and Biden -- to distance themselves from the grieving mother who wants to meet with the man who sent her son to die in Iraq?

Biden, who is running for president, loved, of course, the opportunity to talk about troop withdrawal rather than a mother's standoff with the president. He ended his answer as far away from Crawford as possible: "When we were in the Balkans, we, in fact, dealt with the Croats as well as the Serbs according to the Dayton accords..."

Dayton? The Balkans?

Here is Biden, with pretensions of being a "regular joe" kinda guy who just "goes by his gut" and "connects with the people," and in his one chance to speak about Sheehan, he's off to the Balkans. Andrea lets it drop, and you can almost feel the two of them breathe a sigh of relief, having successfully tiptoed across the minefield of an actual story -- a mother whose sacrifice gives her the moral authority to confront the president of the United States.

After Andrea made sure Cindy knew her place in the Meet the Press world, she quickly moved on to a question about John Roberts and the growing fight over whether the White House will release documents relating to Roberts' tenure as Deputy Solicitor General:

"You and seven other Democrats on the committee," she said, "have written to the administration demanding documents, records from when John Roberts was in the solicitor general's office. Is this a fishing expedition?"

A fishing expedition? A journalist calling a request for public documents from the White House a fishing expedition? Biden's answer to the question barely matters -- though he doesn't, for the record, believe that it's a fishing expedition for the Senate to have access to the same information on Roberts in confirming him as the White House had in selecting him.

What does matter is that Andrea Mitchell has drifted so far away from being a journalist that she used the phrase "fishing expedition" to describe a request for public documents. I guess we won't be seeing Andrea's name on any FOIA requests. But she's certainly proved why she's Tim's favorite guest host.

Meet the Press wouldn't be Meet the Press without its signature exchange: a completely implausible statement met with... complete silence. Here we are in the next segment, with E.J. Dionne and Byron York (beloved occasional HuffPost blogger) discussing Sheehan. Here is York: "Talking with administration officials... they do not want to criticize her. I mean, they said to me in privacy we're going to give her as much room as she needs.... In private they have not criticized this woman."

Talk about swinging for the fences! Yeah, sure, whatever you say, Byron. We totally believe you. The response of Karl Rove et al when faced with a critic of their Iraq policy who is becoming something of an uncontrollable media sensation is to say -- in even private conversations -- hey, above all, don't criticize her!

Other than the guest host of Meet the Press, who are you kidding?

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I am so sick of Joe Biden and John Kerry.

With both of these guys it seems to be about trying to please everybody and ending up pleasing nobody. Do Biden or Kerry really thing any of the neo-cons are ever going to vote for them, just because Biden tells Condi Rice she's "the real deal" and that he "likes" her, or Kerry rolls over on November 3rd and gives up on "fighting for every vote to be counted." No. And progressive democrats aren't going to forget so easily that they were sold-out by these supposed friends.

I want the progressive wing of the Democratic party to stop talking about Joe Biden and John Kerry as if they have a chance in heck of being the Dem's candidate for president -- they do not!

The right-wing media spin machine has strong control over the major dailies and the Sunday shows and a pretty strong handle on the cable shows and the nightly prime-time network news as well as 90% of the talk radio dial. STOP WATCHING MTP and stop talking about MTP as if it mattered! The main stream media is in its "last throes" and when the public wakes up and realizes that the MSM has NOT been covering the real stories, they will stop going to it for news and/or entertainment and it will shrivel up and die.

They will TRY to come around (they are, after all, pack animals) and follow the audience and the money, but by then it will be too late. Trust betrayed is trust lost.

Blogs and alternative news sites are the only place to know what's REALLY going on any more, and YES, it will require more work and your "news of the day" will NOT be spoon-fed to you pre-digested any more -- you may actually have to THINK and ANALYZE at bit. I'm sure you are up to it, in spite of the destruction of the education system in this country over the last 20 years.

Question Authority!

Seek truth!

Believe your INSTINCTS!

Support the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of the United States (oh yea, and READ it too!!!).


See, it all fits together in a jig-saw puzzle answer to all our problems.

This is a democratic republic and requires public participation in the process.

Charlie L
Portland, OR

Your DLC cohorts ever again, I want you out on the street permanently trying to make it as an average ordinary joe american.

See how you can handle it, Biden.

As for Kerry, you have betrayed my trust and never went up to Blackwell with the vigor of a soldier and said "Every vote will be counted. Period. Regardless of who won."

And now that its revealed you won, you have betrayed the american people by not standing up to count every vote. I am sick of your good cop/bad cop routine and sick of the fakes!!!


It is time to end this charade once and for all, elect progressives to every single office. Have every still in use voting machine DE-SELECT the phony fakes and put REAL people in every single position!!

Doug E.

Isn't Andrea Mitchell married to Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan? Thus, isn't it a bit strange of NBC to allow questioning of this sort by a reporter who is literally in bed with the Government? There is a conflict of interest here so blatant that it is actually contrary to the public interest. The free speech zone allowed to Cindy Sheehan, and thus to any American citizen, keeps shrinking. Another example of why the networks should lose their FCC broadcasting licences for total abandonment of the public interest.

If this is truly a groundswell, then I hope for two things. First and foremost that more energy will go into resurrecting the great American experiment than punishing the corrupters. Second, that every available extra bit of energy will go into "jailing" these cancerous

For an additional wake-up call, please have the patience to read Michael Ruppert's "Crossing the Rubicon"

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