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Colmes-Cocked

While Jonah was getting to talk in paragraphs on CNN, I was being ruler-whacked into one-word answers on the Alan Colmes radio show distributed by Fox. Yes or no: should all the pictures be censored? No nuance allowed! Apparently, Colmes was playing Tom Cruise, and I was supposed to yell “I can’t handle the truth!” I didn’t make Jonah’s argument precisely, but that it’s one thing to show the pictures a few times to hold our government accountable, and it’s another thing to pound them home for two weeks trying to make them The Whole Story of the war. But Colmes was channeling what the media no doubt feels: that the pictures are a ticket to Partisan Paradise, a silver bullet to destroy the Bush presidency. And the whole way along, they can chant “Right to know” as they try to turn Bush into Nixon, the architect of an unhappy ending.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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