Saturday, July 15, 2006

I've noticed this too

Walter Pincus on "Fighting back against the PR presidency":
"A new element of courage in journalism would be for editors and reporters to decide not to cover the President's statements when he -- or any public figure -- repeats essentially what he or she has said before. The Bush team also has brought forward another totally PR gimmick: The President stands before a background that highlights the key words of his daily message. This tactic serves only to reinforce that what's going on is public relations -- not governing. Journalistic courage should include the refusal to publish in a newspaper or carry on a TV or radio news show any statements made by the President or any other government official that are designed solely as a public relations tool, offering no new or valuable information to the public."
This column is making its way around the blogosphere, and it's something I've found to be quite offensive as well.

I'll say once more, ixnay on the ridiculously oversized propaganda-ay...Bush's massive travelling PR backdrop has become obscenely obvious and 1984-ish...