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Behind the Misty Scrim

Blue Oregon
By Jeff Alworth

I'd like to draw your attention to a passage from the lead editorial in today's Oregonian:

"Two years later, though, the U.S. death toll is nearing 1,900. The misty scrim that obscured our view of the war -- wishful thinking, distortions, outright lies -- is rapidly dissolving. Americans increasingly see the war as it is, and know it's going badly. Little wonder that when a gold-star mother parks herself inconsolably in Crawford, Texas, asking hard questions and spurning glib answers, she strikes a nerve."

I've highlighted the bit that particularly attracted my eye. Here we are 28 months into an ill-conceived war, and the Oregonian appears to be using Cindy Sheehan as cover to mention the lies upon which the war was justified. And now the editors are sufficiently emboldened to actually call the administration's justifications "lies."

Yet there was never a misty scrim* obscuring our view. Like other transparent fabrics, Bush's rationales concealed nothing. While it was impossible to know the full extent of US intelligence at the time, some of what they offered were clearly lies: the 2003 State of the Union (which they did cop to, redfaced, eventually), the bogus aluminum tubes, and the mushroom clouds, to name just a few.

What's interesting isn't that the Oregonian is finally identifying the administration's pre-war rhetoric as lies; rather, it's the timing. Whether because of Cindy Sheehan or the majority of Americans who now think Bush lied, The Oregonian has found it's courage. (All right, I don't have LexisNexis, but I don't recall seeing a lot of "lying" language. You'll correct me if I'm wrong.)

It was shocking to think that a President might mislead a country to justify an invasion. Yet that's the role of the press. If a President does lie to the country and our independent media don't call him on it, who will? The mainstream press takes a lot of crap now about covering things like the "runaway bride," the Michael Jackson trial, et. al. It's clear that in an ever more competitive--and unsubsidized--market, the media have to give the people what they want. I can overlook some pandering.

The press must also take unpopular stands and report what they find, however--not what the President's press office feeds them. It's great to see The Oregonian finally holding Bush to account for his lies and incompetence. But it's hardly a bold position, given the protection a grieving mother has afforded. The reason amateurs set up shop on blogspot is because they want to say the things the press doesn't appear to have the courage to report. The only misty scrim is the one the Oregonian is using to try to cover their impotent coverage of the war two and a half years ago. Let's hope this editorial signals a new direction.

scrim: (n) A transparent fabric used as a drop in the theater to create special effects of lights or atmosphere


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The carefully constructed matrix of lies and deceits that has been crafted is dissolving right before many peoples eyes. The shapers of public opinion are having to deal with a much higher and powerful force and they are scared ***tless by what is happening. They are like the evil bully who has always gotten his own way by lying, intimidating and charming his associates, who suddenly finds himself trapped in tiny corner surrounded by the evil, myopic strokes of his own feverish brush.

Some of these "people" who have been the Masters of Manipulation really do think that they are entitled to be in control, or that they have some divine mandate for how they want to rule and construct the world.

As they are realising..."One reaps what one sows !"

...and boy are they going to reap it.

Given the obviously cowardly nature of rove one can see him folding at any moment, he is planning his escape right now!!!He will turn on his "master" at the drop of a plea bargin.

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