April 07, 2008

Make, announce, type.

With the escalating assault by the Government on the free press and independent media, I thought the following quote - delivered by comedian Stephen Colbert in his brilliant roasting of the Bush Administration and the press who covers it - could do with a re-airing.

It's as applicable to our own local Bush Administration/Rove political impersonators as it is to the Bush Administration itself:

"Here's how it works. The president makes decisions. He's the decider. The press secretary announces those decisions, and you people of the press type those decisions down. Make, announce, type. Just put 'em through a spell check and go home ... Write that novel you got kicking around in your head. You know, the one about the intrepid Washington reporter with the courage to stand up to the administration. You know -- fiction!"
Just as the Republican-led Congress engaged in an agenda of absolute right-wing partisanship while talking about bi-partisanship (translation: Democrats lie down), the PLP's constant drumbeat about media bias is really a demand for reporters and journalists to become stenographers and become totally biased in the PLP's favour.

This isn't just about The Royal Gazette. It's about independent media and a Government that resents scrutiny and dissent.

Other media, a la Tony McWilliam at the Bermuda Sun with his head in the sand statement (come on Tony, you know it's more than just a battle against the Gazette), surely know that they're next; they've opted to do nothing but bide their time. (Yours will come. Better to get in front of it.)

Apathy and short-sighted short-term survival tactics will be the death of Bermuda.

Posted by Christian S. Dunleavy