Laughter is the best dissent
A story doing the rounds on the net in March 2003 shows that
reporters have a good weapon they can use against official
Unfortunately, scenarios such as the following are all too
rare. Why, for instance, don't reporters howl with laughter
at all Tony Blair's press conferences?
This week's most important story is
Bush's efforts to buy a majority of votes on the U.N.
Security Council [for going to war with Iraq]. But when reporters
pressed Ari [Fleisher the Whitehouse press secretary]
about the terms of these deals, Ari feigned outrage:
"I haven't seen the story. And
you already have the answer, about what this will be decided
on. But think about the implications of what you're saying.
You're saying that the leaders of other nations are buyable.
And that is not an acceptable proposition."
Suddenly, a remarkable thing happened
the reporters LAUGHED. They laughed LOUD.
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