THE NOISE MACHINE….This piece from Terry Neal is a bit of a ramble, but it’s worth reading anyway. The real goal of the right wing media destruction machine, he says, is self-evident:

A certain and clear pattern has emerged when a damaging accusation or claim against the Bush administration or the Republican-led Congress is publicized: Bush supporters laser in on a weakness, fallacy or inaccuracy in the story’s sourcing while diverting all attention from the issue at hand to the source or the accuser in the story.

….It was almost as if the Newsweek fiasco had occurred in a vacuum, or in an alternate reality, where the Iraq war, fought over non-existent weapons of mass destruction, had never occurred. The scenario unfolded over the past two weeks in a Twilight Zone-like atmosphere in which an administration that has held neither itself nor any of its underlings accountable for a war that has so far cost more than 1,600 American lives and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives worked itself into a tizzy for a brief report in a news magazine ? based on an anonymous source ? that turned out to be unsubstantiated.

Good for him. I forgive the rambling because it’s pretty obvious he’s infuriated by how this has played out. As he should be.