Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Rove puff piece by the AP - WTF?

Rove Has Unparalleled Influence With Bush. Yes, we know all of this, so I have one question. WTF is going on? The only answer, it seems to me, is that this highly favourable, one-sided AP "article" must be a response to this Gallup poll on Rove released yesterday, "Karl Rove's Image Problem":
A recent USA Today/Gallup poll finds that Americans have a more negative than positive opinion of presidential adviser Karl Rove, a pattern that has been consistent over the last year.
Keep that in mind as you pore over some of the excerpts from the rehabilitation piece that follows:
Rove fell under a legal cloud after a grand jury, starting late in 2003, began investigating the leak of a CIA officer's identity to reporters. He learned in June that he would not be indicted.

With that threat behind him, Rove is back to his old playful self _ sporting Elvis sideburns on a recent trip to Memphis with the president and traveling around the country for lucrative storytelling to GOP donors.
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At a recent presidential fundraiser near Bush's Texas ranch, a line that formed for photos with Rove was nearly as long as the line waiting to see the president.

Rove is an impressive fundraiser himself, bringing in $10.4 million in 75 events this cycle, more than any other Republican official besides the president, first lady and vice president.
And here's a gratuitous slagging of Democrats offered up, uncritically:
Once again he's using the tactic that helped Bush win re-election in 2004 _ suggesting that Democrats cannot adequately protect the country from terrorists.

"The problem for these Democrats is that their policies would have consequences and their policies would make us more, not less, vulnerable," Rove said from a podium beneath the beamed, vaulted ceilings and brass chandeliers of the Inverness Country Club in Toledo. "And in war, weakness emboldens your enemies and it's an invitation for disaster."

He even targets those who are decorated military veterans like Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Pennsylvania Rep. John Murtha.

Rove recently said those Democrats "may be with you at the first shots, but they are not going to be there for the last tough battles."
Hello? "Reporter"? You're uncritically repeating Rove's shtick and come off like you're basking in his genius. WTF is going on?
Asked about his recent weight loss, Rove, without mentioning his liquid-based diet, smiled and told reporters he'd lost 22 pounds through "clean living."

The mischievous Rove stuck his head out of the car before it sped off to add gleefully: "And avoiding you guys."
Chuckle, chuckle...the fun-loving Rove at play, dragging his nation's politics right down into the gutter and viewed negatively by the majority of Americans. But you'd never know it based on this strangely positive puff piece...