What Else Is In Scott's Head?

The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

I Hate The Flu

My wife and step-son have been sick with the flu for the last week. After several days of not coming down with the flu, I thought my immune system would kill any flu bugs if they attempted to infiltrate my body.

Damn useless immune system. Now I'm sick with this friggin' flu. But, dear reader, I'm here to provide my usual commentary, despite the flu AND the fact that I'm hopped up on Dayquil.

I'm not sure what to make of the news that Karl "Bush's Brain" Rove had been promoted to Deputy White House Chief of Staff. Which sort of makes him the unofficial President of the United States.

Here's a heartwarming story of a young Karl Rove. In 1970, he snuck into the campaign headquarters of Alan Dixon, a Democrat running for Illinois State Treasurer. Rove got a hold of campaign letterhead and distributed them to soup kitchens and red-light districts. One thousand campaign "invitations" were distributed with the message to come to Dixon campaign headquarters for "free beer, free food, and a good time for nothing."

That's a fun story, isn't it?

Finally today: Could it be that some members of the Washington Press Corps (the ones that ask the "tough" questions about the Bush administration) are not really journalists? Well, in one case, it looks like it. The Boston Globe reported on Feb. 2 that a "reporter" by the name of Jeff Gannon somehow ended up with press corps credentials, although his background in journalism seems to be his contributions to a right-wing news site, Talon News, a site possibly created by a GOP group, and not a group of journalists. Gannon was a favorite with White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, who frequently called on Gannon for questions, which in most cases were of the sort to make Bush look good and Democrats to look bad. Or something like that. Media Matters has collected a number of hard-hitting questions posed by Gannon. Conservative bias in the news? You bet.

You can read more about Talon News at Media Matters. Good stuff.

Posted to Gannon's web site is the message, "Because of the attention being paid to me I find it is no longer possible to effectively be a reporter for Talon News. In consideration of the welfare of me and my family I have decided to return to private life. Thank you to all those who supported me."

You know, I'm pretty sure most journalists like attention. I do. And I don't care if it's good or bad. I've received many nasty e-mails from crazed right-wing weirdos, and it always was a pleasure to read them. So, crazed right-wing weirdos: go ahead and drop me a line. If it's a good e-mail, I'll post it to my hate mail section. So, send those e-mails! Scott at scottcsmith dot net.


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