Monday, February 21, 2005

I guess I'm supposed to be blogging about ...

... Eason Jordan and Jeff Gannon. It's apparently some kind of rule that the left and right hemispheres of the blogosphere -- so to speak -- must get their mutual panties in oppositional twists at the same time, over similar issues.

Thing is, I just don't have that much to say about either one of these teapot tempests. But, for the record:

- I didn't think that Jordan's claim of US troops targeting journalists in Iraq was especially controversial, nor am I surprised that CNN wussed out and canned him over it when the "shocked, shocked!" horsehockey started.

- And hey, if the White House wants to invite a reputed gay prostitute writing under a pseudonym and working for a GOP hype operation to cruise the West Wing and drop in on press conferences to toss softballs at McClellan and Co., so what? There seems to be some kind of campaign coming together to put the press, or Congress, or someone, in charge of press credentials for White House press conferences.

Screw that. Either leave it up to the White House to decide who they want to let in -- or force them to let in the first n people waiting at the door who aren't carrying AK-47s, wearing vests woven out of Semtex and screaming "Viva Jihad! Up bin Laden!" (n being the number of available chairs). If the New York Times wants to compete with Knappster, we'll see who's willing to camp out on the sidewalk longer for the chance to ask President Bush what the fuck he was thinking when he (insert latest presidential debacle here). Chances are it'll be the Times guy, as I have better things to do than wait around for George W. Bush to say something important.

In the meantime, if you want to keep up with the whole Gannon thing sans annoying hypocrisy, visit Unqualified Offerings. Henley's got a handle on it.

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