Lying WaHoPo Whores
by Glenn Greeenwald
the reply I received yesterday from Kris Coratti, Director of
Communications for the Post:
Hi Glenn, I passed along your e-mail. Thank
you for your question -- we don't discuss the details of our
Thank you again,
Coratti sounds like a CIA spokesperson trained by Dick Cheney.
Apparently, the Post believes it should be completely
shielded from accountability and has no obligation to answer any
questions about how it reports or what information it conceals
from the public. From now on, every institution ever questioned
about anything by The Post should answer the same way:
we don't discuss the details of our internal operations or
decision-making. It's just bizarre to hear a newspaper, of all
adopt the corporatized language of imperious, reflexive secrecy.
The fact that Nakashima felt compelled -- or perhaps is
compelled -- to turn my innocuous inquiries over to corporate
communications officials reflects how these newspapers are
indistinguishable in mentality and behavior from any other large
corporations which seek to hide rather than disclose what they
This is exactly the type of response one would receive from, say, BP or
large telecoms about their surveillance cooperation with the Government.
I'm amazed that journalists wonder why leading media institutions are
held in such low esteem.
How else would a rational person view a media outlet which constantly
demands transparency and accountability
from others yet -- using heavy-handed Cheneyite decrees -- explicitly
declares that it will not respond to any inquiries
about what it chooses to disclose and conceal?
The Washington Post and the New
York Times have been in the bag for the GOP since Reagan.
They were told, "Play
ball with us or you get nothing" so they sold out - all of them.
Remember Woodward and Bernstein?
The rule in 1974 was "Get two independent
sources or wqe won't print it."
Now their mottos is, "Fuck it, whatever
works best for the Republicans."
We have a Constitutional crisis on our hands.
War lies, 5,000 dead and torture?
The people don't have a right to know everything.
Same for the networks and the cable
whores didn't even need a paycheck to fall in line.
And you know how I know this for sure?
The worst of the whores testified that he was for sale to the Bush White House -
traded favorable coverage for better access."
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