Situational ethics

Token Fox News Watch lefty, “Media Writer” Neal Gabler, on media response to the “Mission Accomplished” banner…
There’s another dynamic here, as well. That is, the press is solicitous when it’s being well-manipulated because they respect the Bush machine when everybody stays on message, and when they know how to massage the press. The press turns on the president when the machine becomes less efficient. In short, essentially, they’re perfectly willing to be co-opted by the president, but they will not collaborate if the co-optation is not effective.” – FNW, 11-01-03
Chew on that one for awhile.
(Cross-posted at Velvet Hammers)