Glenn Greenwald on the Media

05 April 2008

From Salon:

In the past two weeks, the following events transpired. A Department of Justice memo, authored by John Yoo, was released which authorized torture and presidential lawbreaking. It was revealed that the Bush administration declared the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights to be inapplicable to "domestic military operations" within the U.S. The U.S. Attorney General appears to have fabricated a key event leading to the 9/11 attacks and made patently false statements about surveillance laws and related lawsuits. Barack Obama went bowling in Pennsylvania and had a low score.

Here are the number of times, according to NEXIS, that various topics have been mentioned in the media over the past thirty days:

"Yoo and torture" - 102

"Mukasey and 9/11" -- 73

"Yoo and Fourth Amendment" -- 16

"Obama and bowling" -- 1,043

"Obama and Wright" -- More than 3,000 (too many to count)

"Obama and patriotism" - 1,607

"Clinton and Lewinsky" -- 1,079

In a non-insane press corps, you would expect a Justice Department memo arguing that the fourth amendment does not apply to the President within the United States would rank higher as a story than a bowling score. At the very least, the bowling score shouldn't be reported 65 times as much as the memo.

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