This is a lightly edited excerpt from a post I wrote in August, 2006.
Let's take a ride inside the Republican Spin-And-Noise Machine,
courtesy of Jim Rutenberg
of the New York Times
In Wake of News, a Plan: Uniting Party and President
One week ago, President Bush and his political
aides were facing the most daunting election-year
landscape of his presidency.
Their party was splintered over Mr. Bush’s proposed immigration
overhaul and uncertain about the political effect of violence
in Iraq. Even with the White House working to bring Republicans
together behind the president’s agenda, several candidates
were making public shows of establishing their distance
from him and his sagging approval ratings.
That picture of Republican disunity eased dramatically
this week with the defeat on Tuesday of Senator Joseph I.
Lieberman in the Democratic primary in Connecticut and
the news on Thursday that Britain had foiled a
potentially large-scale terrorist plot.
The White House and Congressional Republicans used those events
to unleash a one-two punch, first portraying the Democrats
as vacillating when it came to national security, and
then using the alleged terror plot to hammer home the
continuing threat faced by the United States.
Did you catch that? NYT
terror plot". Does that tell us something important?
Is this article going to give us the truth, the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth?
Well, not exactly. But watch this: If you read between
the lines, you can see the whole gory plan laid bare
-- from one end to the other.