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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Clinton did the same thing, often. He would do speeches before supporters to promote his agenda. While it is distasteful to me -- not the exclusion of people per se, but just the public relations tour thing -- it is not new with this President, it's been around.
    • True. But I wouldn't be surprised if the current administration might be quite a bit more zealous in their pre-screening.

      This is sad no matter who does it -- sad for the administration and sad for the people who won't listen no matter what they say. We just keep pushing one another into corners.

      • I think something important to keep in mind is that this is all about P.R. It is not about reality, and the more people on both sides think it is, the more it gets in the way. If we can stop it, great, but absent that, I find it is best to ignore it. I agree with most of Bush's positions, and I mostly ignore it, because it is a sideshow.

        I posted about a similar experience [slashdot.org] recently, too. It's annoying, but ... it is what it is.
        • Yeah, it's easy to ignore. But it seems like PR IS ALL THAT'S THERE -- all dessert, no dinner. (grumble grumble bitch bitch, nothing to see here)
          • I dunno, I think there's a lot of substance to talk about. You just won't find it at these PR events.

            The problem is not the PR events, it's that they work. Network news shows soundbites, so they give them soundbites. And it's not even the national news, it's mostly the local news that these events are geared toward. But they work because they fit into the preexisting, lame, news system. Bleah.

            Don't blame me, I watch PBS NewsHour. ;-)