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April 23, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

ANONYMOUS....Newsweek's account of Josh Bolten's White House shakeup is fairly ordinary, but at least their descriptions of their blind quotes are amusing:

....says a White House aide who didn't want to be named talking about the new boss.

....says a Republican leadership aide who won't be named because he wants to keep his job.

....says a former administration official who asked for anonymity to avoid hurting his career.

....according to a close friend of Bolten's, who asked not to be named because he wanted to stay close.

Ah, Washington journalism....

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Perhaps this will be commented upon, by lots of people who don't sign with their real names?

Posted by: Lee A. Arnold on April 23, 2006 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

...says a high-up member of the administration, who didn't want to be named because he wants to stay Vice-President.

Posted by: craigie on April 23, 2006 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

...according to an administration insider, who wouldn't give her name, but who is black and still unmarried.

Posted by: craigie on April 23, 2006 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

If I was Bolten, I might start getting reeeeeeeeeally paranoid about all my friends and colleagues at that rate.

Posted by: Chris O. on April 23, 2006 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin Drum said:

"Ah, Washington journalism...."

This is too charitable to the thugs in office. Washington journalism was not always like this. The current administration's use of fear is unprecedented.

Posted by: A on April 23, 2006 at 2:08 PM | PERMALINK

Lee, most of the commenters here don't claim to have any special knowledge or access. Our comments stand or fall upon their own merits, or lack thereof.

Although I do think it would be interesting to see what some of the more annoying trolls do for a living and how many of them still live in their mother's basement.

Posted by: mwg on April 23, 2006 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK


Rememeber - the Shrub has procalimed endlessly about the culture he has changed into one where "people are accountable for what they do"

Apparently not among the staff, however.

Posted by: marty on April 23, 2006 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

dead men walking.

Posted by: mestizo on April 23, 2006 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

If somebody isn't willing to go on the record, they aren;t worth paying attention to.

Posted by: Frequency Kenneth on April 23, 2006 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

There's no mystery here; as usual, the liberal media is manufacturing quotes, then ascribing them to 'anonymous' sources. It's impossible for the President to prove a negative, that NOBODY said it, so the media does this whenever a republican president is in office (but never, of course, when there's a democrat president).

By using the 'retaliation' line, they smear the administration and provide a convenient excuse for not revealing their non-existent source. By manufacuring quotes to undermine a presidential administration in warite,m they are undermining the cause.

They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Posted by: Al on April 23, 2006 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

'There's no mystery here; as usual, the liberal media is manufacturing quotes, then ascribing them to 'anonymous' sources. It's impossible for the President to prove a negative, that NOBODY said it, so the media does this whenever a republican president is in office (but never, of course, when there's a democrat president).

By using the 'retaliation' line, they smear the administration and provide a convenient excuse for not revealing their non-existent source. By manufacuring quotes to undermine a presidential administration in warite,m they are undermining the cause.

They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.'
--Al

Wow, if this post is for real, you really have drunk deeply of the right-wing Kool-Aid, haven't you, Al? I expect the Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, freemasonry and black helicopters to be included in your follow-up post. Is NewsMax or WorldNetDaily your favorite website?

I think the point of Kevin's post is that no one wants to ever go on record criticizing Dubya or his decisions, due to the Bush Administration's fetish with secrecy (they always forget that they work for the American people, not the other way around). Regarding "proving negatives", Bill Clinton was expected to do this endlessly - that he didn't kill Vince Foster, that he didn't bankrupt Madison Guarany S&L, that he didn't rape Juanita Broadrrick. It was never-ending.

I think you need to read a few more books (they are rectangular and have writing on paper) and get off the Internet. You are friggin' loopy!

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on April 23, 2006 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

The Bushies may not name names, but here is a lovely example of how Dick Cheney conducts foreign policy meetings.

Your tax dollars at work.

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on April 23, 2006 at 7:06 PM | PERMALINK

The reasons given for wanting to remain unnamed would make an interesting story itself. Lose your job for talking to the press with your opinions of the personnel moves? That's our Bushie!

Posted by: tomeck on April 23, 2006 at 7:32 PM | PERMALINK

The funny thing to me is that two of the sources listed by Kevin, and a couple of the other anonymous sources that didn't have such ironic descriptions, didn't say anything that looked embarassing to the administratin or anything that wouldn't have been common knowledge within the White House.

So either asking for anonymity has become standard practice for everyone in Washington or talking to the press without specific permission is now a potential career-ending move no matter how innoccuous your comments are. Neither of those speak well for the health of our public institutions and as much as I would like to blame it on Bush, it appears to be a problem common to both parties and all branches of government, and even more common in industry.

Posted by: tanj on April 23, 2006 at 8:05 PM | PERMALINK

The funny thing to me is that two of the sources listed by Kevin, and a couple of the other anonymous sources that didn't have such ironic descriptions, didn't say anything that looked embarassing to the administratin or anything that wouldn't have been common knowledge within the White House.

That's beacuse they're making the quotes up. Pay attention.

Posted by: Al on April 23, 2006 at 8:10 PM | PERMALINK

This the economic girly man Josh Bolton?

The one who keeps pics of Shrubs hands!!

http://www.johannhari.com/archive/article.php?id=407

The strange, unexplored overlap between homosexuality and fascism - Know your enemy.

( fascism I mean, not homosexuality )

Posted by: professor rat on April 23, 2006 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

It's starting to sound like a Monty Python skit

Posted by: paul on April 23, 2006 at 8:27 PM | PERMALINK

'The strange, unexplored overlap between homosexuality and fascism '
-professor rat

Hitler had homosexual urges, according William Shirer and J. Edgar Hoover wore womens clothing in private. There is a tendency there...

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on April 23, 2006 at 9:11 PM | PERMALINK

actually, these are quite droll: i hope newsweek keeps it up.

Al is also quite droll: what a performance artist he is....

Posted by: howard on April 23, 2006 at 10:31 PM | PERMALINK

Hitler had homosexual urges, according William Shirer and J. Edgar Hoover wore womens clothing in private. There is a tendency there...

Yes, a nice random sampling of two assholes. Come ON.

Posted by: shortstop on April 23, 2006 at 10:36 PM | PERMALINK

They know about the NSA's wiretap program AND the firing of Mary McCarthy, and they're still talking to reporters? I see polygraphing in their not-too-distant-futures.

This could get fun.

Posted by: Maven on April 24, 2006 at 2:16 AM | PERMALINK

In other words, what we already know: if you tell the truth or refuse to engage in criminal partisan activity, you will be destroyed by the GOP; if you lie and aid and abet criminal partisan activity, you get to keep your job.

More Fitzmases ahead . . .

Posted by: Advocate for God on April 24, 2006 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Thanks!
-招聘

Posted by: jobs on April 25, 2006 at 9:24 PM | PERMALINK

Blindness can sometimes have its benefits I guess.

Posted by: Tim on April 26, 2006 at 11:29 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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