washington press corps
As media critic I.F. Stone once said, "The Washington press corps is like a group of stenographers with amnesia," dutifully printing official handouts and reporting events with little or no historical or critical perspective.
"The Washington press corps is like the bully in A Christmas Story-mean to people they can easily beat up, but whiny and ultimately kowtowing to people who can beat them up. When W was riding high, they wouldn't touch his ass, and piled on him when he was down. They can only relate to people from fear or contempt. So I say good for Obama. They are getting the treatment they deserve."
"Bullying between boys has been a concern of vice principals as long as there have been schoolyards to fight in and windows to break. But it's only been the past 15 years or so that thoughtful psychologists and child development experts, mostly women, have taken a look at the very different ways girls bully each other. Where boy bullying is hard to ignore, given how often it leads to physical aggression and outright violence, girl bullying is far more subtle and therefore easier to shrug off. Yet the effects on girls are no less devastating; and the wounds cut so deep that many women will be emotionally and socially disabled by them for the rest of their lives"
"Now, the last 6 years have shown clearly that the Washington Press Corps is like a group of frisky puppies - they're cute, they're easily confused, and as long as you give them snacks (i.e., the occasional interview or leak), take them out for an occasional walk, and offer an occasional pat on the head, they will (for the most part) return unconditional love and affection. (If any of the puppies exhibits unseemly distemper, you just call Rupert, Jeffrey, Bob, or Dick, and they'll take care of calming the bad puppies down, muzzling them, or putting them to sleep.)"
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