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Watch For Press Elbows Tonight

I expect the press questioning of Bush might be quite rude in tone tonight. Liberals will be prodding for some blood-drawing after their extreme disappointment over the last formal press conference on March 6, 2003.

At that time, ABC reporter Terry Moran made waves by telling the New York Observer that Bush left his colleagues in the press corps “looking like zombies.” New York Press columnist Matt Taibbi suggested reporters were routed, like Texans at the Alamo: “The entire White House press corps should be herded into a cargo plane, flown to an altitude of 30,000 feet, and pushed out, kicking and screaming, over the North Atlantic.”

By October, Bill Moyers told the left-wing web site Buzzflash.com that “Matt Taibbi wrote in The New York Press at the time that it was like a mini-Alamo for American journalism. I’d say it was more a collective Jonestown-like suicide. At least the defenders of the Alamo put up a fight.” A review of the that supposedly soft session is here.

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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