Fit to print: GOP plans bill condemning New York Times
Mind you, this is just a bill condemning them; it doesn't have any legal leverage. It just basically says, "New York Times, you've been bad. Shame on you."
The issue? Recently the Times reported that the Bush administration condones a government program to monitor banking records, as The Hill reports. Our Beloved President stood up and indignantly cried, "We're at war! We can't defend our country and our freedoms at the same time!" Okay, I'm paraphrasing, but that's what it amounts to.
The funny thing is that the Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal all ran this story, but it's only the Gray Lady that Bush is bashing, and that Congressional Republicans are preparing to bash. I guess it's the old narrative of America versus those damned East Coast liberals again (but I'm pretty sure that Wall Street is on the East Coast.) Faux populism rides again!
Even more insidious is Representative J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona), who's working on a bill to revoke the New York Times' press credentials. Not the Los Angeles Times' and the Wall Street Journal's, mind; just the New York Times'. Yeah, make sure that messenger is killed good and dead.
America's conservatives are acting spectacularly disgustingly these days, probably due to the fact that polls are against them and their president, and with an election coming up in just over four months, that's a problem. Still, I bet the New York Times feels awfully foolish for having run all those stories backing the Bush lies for attacking Iraq without doing the perquisite research first.
Moral: never trust the Bushes. Never even be nice to them. When in doubt, ask Tony Bliar.