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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Any casual reader of the liberal blogs has encountered references to “Howie the Ho” and other similar mocking references to Washington Post and CNN employee Howard Kurtz.
This morning, wearing his faux plastic impartiality with the panache of a true quisling, the baleful Howie wonders if the disaster of the President’s babbling prime time press conference might not really be a success among the majority Attention Deficit disordered citizens of the fly-over states:

Imagine that you're a casual viewer in Kansas City or Orlando or Phoenix. You hear the president talk about Sept. 11, how Saddam was a threat, how battling terrorism is a tough task, how he will do whatever it takes for America to prevail, how he doesn't like seeing dead bodies on television either but his responsibility is to remain resolute. You haven't heard him say this 20 times, like the journalists have. You see a plain-talking president sticking to his guns. You don't think it's reasonable to blame a guy who'd been in office for eight months for 9/11.

Since Tuesday evening’s most suspiciously curious Bush version of an American tradition, the corporate domestic US media has been, for the most part, in full Emperor’s New Clothes mode.
White House Correspondent Has Christian Anderson reports:

The chamberlains, who were to carry the train, stretched their hands to the ground as if they lifted up a train, and pretended to hold something in their hands; they did not like people to know that they could not see anything…Nobody wished to let others know he saw nothing, for then he would have been unfit for his office or too stupid.

Unfortunately for those peddling the increasingly tatty War Leader costume, even the most severely attention disabled Midwesterner can’t escape the weeks long and current $40 million Bush media blitz.
The President likes to say 911 changed everything.
For many in the fly-over states and, I’m sure, many on the golden coasts the changes that followed the 2000 election, 911 and Enron have cut deeper and more personally than anything the President’s marketing strategists can imagine.
America is growing weary of mumbo-jumbo and soon, as Hans Christian Anderson concludes:

“But he has nothing on at all,” said a little child at last. “Good heavens! Listen to the voice of an innocent child,” said the father, and one whispered to the other what the child had said. “But he has nothing on at all,” cried at last the whole people.

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