Dispatch: A friend

Another email from a friend — this one anonymous — that I thought worth sharing here:

i’ve been wondering about the media folks and their bursts of honesty and anger about bush–like you said, even fox has them, but also it’s coming from middle-of-the-roaders like brooks and some republican politicians too.
it is sorta extraordinary, and while you could say that the events in the south are simply so horrific that these folks have no choice but to howl, really think about it–iraq is a huge screw-up too, and abu ghraib and guantanamo. plenty of horror there, and evidence of misdeeds. so why now and not then?
well, i just got this feeling that perhaps these are reasonable people who have been supporting the administration by reflex for a long time but who’ve been privately getting more and more troubled. oh, not troubled enough to say anything out loud, maybe they felt some loyalty too, but uneasy. and finally, here’s katrina–something simple and clear-cut enough to give them the cover they’ve been wanting, that will allow them to break with the home team. these breakdowns on tv–they’re genuine, i think, and the things they’re seeing are horrific enough in themselves to warrant that response–but i really wonder if there’s this something else too, a terrific relief bursting forth of FINALLY being able to admit the fuck-up and get the hell over to the other side of the room. it feels like the infectious laughter of the crowd after the little boy points out the emperor’s nakedness. only this crowd’s not laughing.






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    David Kolodney

    Ramparts magazine broke the first “expose” story on the CIA. (They had been super-sleuth heroes.)They were not supposed to be allowed to operate within the US, but they had recruited practically the entire leadership of the US National Student Association, whose role included fingering radical student leaders in other countries.
    The relevance of this is coming!
    We broke the story on the front page of the NYT, by giving them an exclusive on the first report.
    Then–with the cover having passively, innocently, reported on our reporting–in subsequent days they ran a bunch of CIA exposes _they_ had, but had been sitting on forever, including CIA infiltration of the AFL-CIO, effective ownership of supposedly independent Praeger Press publishers, and so on…
    BTW, when they later ran the Pentagon Papers, and were accused of anti-patriotism, part of their defense was “Didn’t we lie on the front page about the Bay of Pigs”?