The device purportedly concealed under George W Bush's jacket during the first Presidential debate in 2004 has more backbone and a tail. This week the
media have analyzed themselves and have called out the New York Times for spiking the story for reasons of "politeness" (read: covering up a
Presidential deceit and national embarrassment), extending the conspiracy of silence on these events further. The media story is of interest in its
own right, the same month that detailed investigations into the manufacturing of propaganda by journalists paid by the Whitehouse continues. What
exactly created the mystery shape under the POTUS' jacket is still out for the jury to decide.
The Battle of the (Bush) Bulge: Why Did the 'NYT' Kill Its Story?
By Brian Orloff
Published: February 09, 2005 1:00 PM ET
NEW YORK "It's just as important a story after the election, and they've dropped it," says freelance writer David Lindorff, referring to the alleged
bulge under President Bush’s suit jacket during the first presidential debate late fall. Lindorff’s take on how, and why, The New York Times
killed a story on the controversy just before the November election gained wide attention this week after it was published in Extra!, a magazine
produced by the media watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting.
His Extra! story, "The Emperor's New Hump," partly based on e-mails from a Times reporter, revealed that reporters at the newspaper extensively
reported a story -- only to see editors kill it in the week before the election -- raising questions about a subject that had been treated as
something of a joke by many in the media and dismissed out of hand by the White House.
The Times’ story got as far as it did mainly because a respected NASA scientist had produced enhanced photographic evidence that the president was
wearing something -- a bulletproof vest, electronic device, or back brace, no one could say....
"This administration has really cowed the media into really being afraid to call it for what it is," he said. "They did it with Nixon. It got to the
point where they recognized that Nixon was a crook. But they haven't done that here because we're not dealing with criminality. We're dealing with
just deceit. ... But they can't bring themselves to say that about the president. ... They're just too polite."
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Here's some questions of interest:
1. Why is every cover-up involving a President now a "X-Gate" after Watergate, are we lacking imagination?
2. Does anyone really believe the "bulge" is just bad tailoring, given the other options investigated (radio mike, defibrillator, flyswatter etc)?
3. How long is the memory of the average media punter, who lets events like this slide away, over and over?
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Was Bush Wired Up During The Debate? I Report, You Decide.
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