If you ever give another cent to NPR, you are a stooge. Here’s their political editor, Ken Rudin (joined here by sob-story memoirist David Carr) with the whole kit-and-kaboodle — Obama is Nixon, if Bush had done this, imagine how the media would haver reacted, etc. (via Steve Benen)
The problem, of course, is that Bush did do this, and no one in the media (except the specific journalists being attacked) said a word. They don’t even remember it happened.
There was the time the Bush administration attacked Newsweek over a controversial story about the treatment of the Koran at Gitmo. Newsweek backed down.
There was the harsh criticism of NBC news, noted here by Dan Froomkin.
There was the time they included a picture of journalist Ron Suskind in a Republican National Committee email.
There was the time Ari Fleischer told Houston Chronicle reporter Bennet Roth that his question had been “noted in the building”.
Let’s be honest: part of the difference here is that the national media simply doesn’t fear Obama the way it feared Bush. In the end, they’re probably right: Ken Rudin can call Obama “Nixonian” all day without fear of repercussion. If he had said this about Bush, you’d better believe he’d be afraid he’d lose his job.