Or how to lose friends and influence with the neocons.
Paul Craig Roberts used to be an influential guy. He was US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during 1981-82 in the Reagan administration and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute. He was also Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review, as well as a columnist for the Washington Times. Pretty impressive conservative resume all in all. He was quoted regularly by Rush and G. Gordon Liddy. So why is he now receiving death threats from the neocons supporters?
He became a critic of the War on Iraq and the policies of the Bush admin. He recognized that the "liberal media" is a myth perpetuated to help conservatives win elections and deceive the public. And he saw conservative values and traditions thrown out the window by the neocons in the White House and on the airwaves. He sees a frightening new America and as a good conservative (yes, I said it... I'm a flaming liberal, but I don't hate conservatives) he decided he had to speak out.
Not so long ago I would have identified the liberal media as the New York Times and Washington Post, CNN and the three TV networks, and National Public Radio. But both the Times and the Post fell for the Bush administration's lies about WMD and supported the US invasion of Iraq. On balance CNN, the networks, and NPR have not made an issue of the Bush administration's changing explanations for the invasion.
Apparently, Rush Limbaugh and National Review think there is a liberal media because the prison torture scandal could not be suppressed and a cameraman filmed the execution of a wounded Iraqi prisoner by a US Marine. Do the Village Voice and The Nation comprise the "liberal media"? The Village Voice is known for Nat Hentoff and his columns on civil liberties. Every good conservative believes that civil liberties are liberal because they interfere with the police and let criminals go free. The Nation favors spending on the poor and disfavors gun rights, but I don't see the "liberal hate" in The Nation's feeble pages that Rush Limbaugh was denouncing on C-Span.