Saturday, May 31, 2008

Big confessions in small venues

By Libby

As unimpressed I am with Scottie McLellan's soul baring this week, the ensuing navel gazing among the major media figures has been fascinating. Harry Smith of CBS News in a keynote address to the Advertising Council of Rochester said this:
Smith noted McClellan knocked the U.S. media for a past lack of assertiveness in challenging the president's arguments for war, and said he agreed there hadn't been enough media skepticism.

Recalling a trip to Iraq before the war began in 2003, Smith told the audience: "The regret I'll take to my grave is not standing up and saying, 'What are we doing here?'"
We'll all go to our graves regretting he and the rest of his colleagues hadn't done that, but at least he has the decency to admit it.

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Blogger Kvatch said...

We'll all go to our graves regretting he and the rest of his colleagues hadn't done that...

And our children, their children, and their children's children will resent us long after we are gone for saddling them with the bills.

11:36:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

One can only hope they'll forgive us for at least trying to stop it Kvatch.

12:50:00 AM  
OpenID expatbrian said...

Not to mention the 4,100 US boys and god knows how many Iraqi's who are already in their graves because no one had the guts to question the little maniac.

I think we buried the wrong people.

3:26:00 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Perhaps much of the opprobrium dumped on the former spokesflack this past week was because his colleagues recognized this belated confession was to try and avoid the shitstorm that they still will have to face.

10:01:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Brian, I don't often wish ill on others, but I hope Bush and Cheney and the rest of the cretins pay a heavy karmic debt for this misery.

Nolo, I think you're right about that. The only people truly upset are the perps and the media cowards who failed to do their jobs.

11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'm unimpressed too, and I can't help put wonder if the country might have pushed harder for impeachment if he had come forward sooner.

4:14:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

There's a lot of things that would have happened if the media had done their job Kathy. It's sad and it's maddening.

10:22:00 PM  

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