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 propaganda: laughter.

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.


Click audio link and fast forward to minute 37 to hear for yourself:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030225-9.html#18