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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Blown Call

Guess I blew my call this weekend that Scooter Libby would be walking. Instead, he was convicted on 4 of 5 counts before the court, and will probably spend a little time in jail.

Probably the best piece I've read on the story though, isn't about the effect on the White House, or how the jury came to their decision, instead it's Howard Kurtz' Media Notes in the Washington Post reminding us that this is how the game is played in DC.

It's not just with this administration, every previous administration, Congress, and different departments all use the media to do their bidding, under the "unnamed sources" mantra.

When a Congressman wants to save a pork project in their district, an unnamed soure will tell the media how some big baddy in government is trying to put people out of work someplace by killing something.

When an agency is trying to sell a hard to sell project, it comes out in the media that it's the greatest thing since sliced bread to try and get some support for it.

The biggest thing to come out of the Libby trial is that we all need to remember, the media works for someone elses agenda quite often, and should be taken with a grain of salt; Bloggers included.

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