Looks like the Bush supporters came out in full force against this piece. I get it – you do not buy my take on why the White House behaves as it does. And for some odd reason this seemed to cause many of you to attack CBS. Maybe it's something in the air?
Give me a break, this latest piece from Meyer sounds like Jr. High School kids talking about their contempt for the Principle! Who in their right mind would criticize a president for demanding loyalty! My memory is just good enough to remember 20 percent interest rates, Iran hostages who could not be rescued, and Rust Belt America dying on the vine! Meyer can be critical of the Bush cabinet and advisors all he wants, but presidencies who were not as driven by "gut feelings" were paralyzed when it came to the big decisions. Those decisions that Meyer admits that Bush makes without hesitation. This White House IS confident. To detractors that will always look and fell like arrogance. Maybe the point of the article was simply to promote the earlier article by Pillar... tacky, like a President using an aid as a humidor!
You criticize Bush for having faith and being sure of his convictions. So these are bad things? Clinton was seen often at church with a Bible under his arm and was talked up in the press as an "Alfa Male" and yet this was a good thing. Also, if a contempt for the press is equated with an arrogance of power, then most of America must be pretty arrogant.
I found this article to be profoundly dull. I must wonder about the author's sanity. To sit there and ponder such absurd thoughts is only less regretful than me taking the time to read this nonsensical article. G'day.
Using the current business model as an explanation for the way in which this White House operates hadn't occurred to me until I read your column. I don't know why it didn't. After all, Bush's college degree is in Business Administration. It's a perfectly logical construct.
But I don't think the business side of it over arcs the faith and power aspects. It's a three-legged stool, used for milking money from the citizens to provide butter for corporate interests.
However one views it, your point that the operations of our government reflect directly those that we accept from business interests is deadly accurate. To reverse this state of affairs is going to require cataclysmic change. I wonder where that change is going to come from.
Listen to yourself, you should look in the mirror. Your diatribe describes you and others in the former mainstream press, to a "T". You and your ilk now just write to and for each other. All of us can now check your beliefs (reported as news). You in the press are the newsmakers. You are the dinosaurs. Just like "60 Minutes" and CBS News. We just simply do not believe you anymore.
"I have come to believe that this White House (As in the "Mainstream Press") behaves how the worst American corporations behave: self-interested, opaque except under duress, deceptive, market-sensitive, skilled and blinkered. I apologize if that seems naïve or simplistic."
No need to apologize, we just don't tune in anymore.
"........that the Bush administration has become drunk on power and thus indulges its predilections for secrecy, manipulation and imperiousness."
As in the "Mainstream Press"
"In campaigns, the standards of truthfulness and honesty are very low. They resemble the standards we've stooped to in corporate life, just as the techniques of campaigns imitate corporate ones."
As in the "Mainstream Press"