Thursday, September 08, 2005
This week the media, once again, proves itself incapable of resisting a cute Psy-Op-laden phrase regardless of it’s tainted parentage and blatant power to obfuscate and blur obvious government and presidential responsibility.
The phrase, of course, is that politically redolent Bush I chestnut, The Blame Game, a phrase that had its Bush II unveiling with Poppi and Bar’s September 5th durkhredn redn zikh mit TV mentsch Larry King:
KING: What do you make of all the criticism?
G. BUSH: The criticism of what?
KING: The federal government's response, the lateness…
G. BUSH: Any time there's a crisis people want to blame someone. I've never been much for the Monday morning quarterbacking and to be very candid, Larry, I think some of the criticism had been grossly unfair…But you know the media has a fascination, Larry, and you know this, I'm not saying you but the media has a fascination with the blame game…
KING: But even the president said the reaction should have been faster that he wasn't satisfied.
G. BUSH: Sure. I don't think -- certainly I'm not satisfied but I'm just talking about the blame game and there was one particularly vicious comment that the president didn't care, was insensitive on ethnicity.
Overnight, Bush I’s calculated planting of a tried and true prosaic bad seed was sprouting like Kudzu from the mouths of CNN’s morning anchors and a few select echo chamber hacks.
Tuesday morning, Poppi’s boy, the spelter-tongued President himself, attempted the Psy-Op phrase candy, but, forgot to include the vital negative contraction for “do not”:
THE PRESIDENT: I think one of the things that people want us to do here is to play a blame game.
By Tuesday afternoon, White House Press Secretary was festooned with multiple tendrils of a rapidly sprouting Blame Game vine:
Q: Is the President prepared to say where this White House, where this administration went wrong in its response to Katrina?
MR. McCLELLAN: You know, David, there are some that are interested in playing the blame game.
Q: Scott, a question about the "plenty of time" assertion that you make…should the accountability be determined immediately and that part be removed?
MR. McCLELLAN: I know some just want to engage in the blame game. There will be a time to talk about all these issues.
Q: The person who says that he found out about the Convention Center seeing it on the media…is that satisfactory?
MR. McCLELLAN: Again, this is getting into -- we're somewhat engaged in a blame game. We've got to --
Q: It's not a blame game. That's accountability --
MR. McCLELLAN: Terry, we've got to --
Q: It's accountability.
Q: You're telling us today there will be time for that somewhere down the road?
MR. McCLELLAN: We can engage in this blame-gaming going on and I think that's what you're getting --
Q: No, no. That's a talking point, Scott.
Q: The whole country is watching and wondering about some --
MR. McCLELLAN: The time for bickering and blame gaming is later.
Q: Wouldn't it be more appropriate to follow the suggestion of appointing somebody as the coordinator, overall coordinator for the relief effort?
MR. McCLELLAN: Again, this is getting into trying to finger-point and play the blame game.
The next day, Wednesday, Mr. McClellan, that unblushing Jezebel of spin, was still enrobed in the leafy chokehold of H. W. Bush’s Blamezu vine.
This morning saw the Republican leadership, fresh from an audience with the Bicyclist-in-Chief, taking their turns dancing with Blamezu and a recent Google search found, among all political and media stripes, 17,300,000 general web references and 8,850 news references to the phrase, The Blame Game.
But, as indicated in this morning’s Zogby poll and what will, without doubt, be reflected in future polling, the standard bag of manipulative political tricks are failing in the face of a Katrina death count in the multiple tens of thousands.
Astute political comic Jon Stewart beautifully gift-wrapped this latest infestation of Bush denial last evening:
Well, the way that they're making is sound is that if you're playing the Blame Game, you're to blame.
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