Archive for Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Diversion tactic

August 30, 2006


To the editor:

MSNBC's cable news-reporter Keith Olbermann, on his show "Countdown" (performing the lost art of investigative journalism), noted suspicious coincidences of 10 "terror alerts" following within 24-48 hours of public revelations of politically embarrassing, or criminally suspicious activities by the Bush administration. In each of these 10 occurrences, the American public's attention was successfully diverted. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me ten times?

Daniel Patrick Schamle,



Curtiss 11 years, 6 months ago

Daniel, I know it looks suspicious, and fits in with exactly the way Karl Rove has always operated.

But it could be purely a matter of statistical likelihood. It comes down to the question of: Any time something happens that makes big headlines, what are the odds that the Bush administration was committing major crimes that very day?

See the problem? Every story in the news covers up potential headlines of Republican corruption and criminal activity because there's enough of it to fill every daily newspaper.

Or, as always, it could just be Clinton's fault.

bisky1 11 years, 6 months ago

you guys got no street cred. just ask valerie plame why.

KS 11 years, 6 months ago

Who watches MSNBC? Their ratings are in the tank. Sounds like a conspiracy theory to get their ratings up. The last I heard, they were asking the last one out to turn off the lights.

prioress 11 years, 6 months ago

The practice is good politics, and just about the only arrow BUSHCO has left in their quiver. Be ready for more "alerts" and crises as the November election approaches, particularly on the upcoming Iranian front. Be afraid, be very afraid, and don't forget to vote!

xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago

It is too late for Republicans.

They have forfeited their mandate to mobilize the country properly to fight the war on terror, choosing instead to pander to the super-rich who are their only true constituency.

As children, we were taught in school that, in times of crisis, America would always produce leaders who could rise to - even transcend - whatever challenges faced us. Bush, Cheney & Co. have proven the lie to that fallacy.

They are profoundly incompetent, and all the "terror alerts" in their puny arsenal can't reverse that.

xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago

A note to the conservative Republicans who post on this site:

The tenor of our discussions would be improved considerably if you would post substance - not ad hominem, shallow, specious drivel.

Thank you.

Jamesaust 11 years, 6 months ago

I think it more likely that there are "politically embarrassing, or criminally suspicious activities by the Bush administration" all the time and therefore terror alerts will always occur within 48 hours of such revelations.

prioress 11 years, 6 months ago

"I think it more likely that there are "politically embarrassing, or criminally suspicious activities by the Bush administration" all the time..." +++++++++ Good point, but BUSHCO is very good about hiding and burying their evidence. Look for GW's papers to be locked up for generations after his term ends. His library will be quite small!

xenophonschild 11 years, 6 months ago

Were I a conservative, I would seek to demonstrate the validity of the alerts in question.

If the alerts were genuine, that should be brought to public attention; conversely, if the timing of the alerts was perhaps too coincidental, that also needs to be publicized.

No Niccolo; just good common sense.

skullduggery 11 years, 6 months ago

Speaking of diversion, George Bush, and Keith Olbermann--Well, Olbermann has a good point. In fact his own show, helped to illustrate this point. Two days after the 04 election it was Olbermann, alone, of the mainstream media pundits, who brought attention to evidence surfacing in Ohio that there was , perhaps , electoral skulduggary afoot, possibly connected to deliberate efforts by Secretary of State , Ken Blackwell, to disenfranchise voters, and numerical anomalies in voting districts using diebold machines and tabulators. Over the next couple of days, news of the Ohio election problems began trickling into the less than mainstream media's consciousness. And, what do you know? The story dissappeared completely from the radar as the Bush administration chose this precise moment to launch its brutal offensive of Fallujah and the attention of the entire US media shifted completely from an election/post election mode to the offensive.

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