January 14, 2009
FLASHBACK: Liberal Hack Was OUTRAGED at Cost of Bush Inauguration, Not So Much About Obama's
Media Splatters blowhard Eric Boehlert, who never misses a chance to blame Bush, the Republicans, conservatives and the "right-wing mainstream media" for each and every problem in the world, is OUTRAGED at the cost of the inaugural celebration and that reporters didn't ask "harder questions" about it:
This week's inauguration story came ready with two interesting news angles: the huge cost (in contrast with the dire situation in Iraq) and the unprecedented security. And in both cases, the political press corps, as has been its habit under the Obama administration, showed little interest in prying. In the days and weeks leading up to the event, the press has largely treated inauguration criticism as partisan and silly, making sure to give Obama backers lots of time and room to defend the unmatched pomp and circumstance.Oh, wait. I accidentally substituted OBAMA for BUSH. Boehlert wrote that in 2005 upon witnessing Bush's second inauguration.
A complimentary column matching the levels of OUTRAGE at the inaugural costs for Obama's upcoming celebration - which are dwarfing any before them in US history and climbing into the $100 millions - could not be located at Media Matters, Slate or anywhere else.
Where's the outrage, Eric? You have the chance to criticize a truly ostentatious, waste-filled, service-crippling, inconvenient inauguration with unprecedented security and at unprecedented costs - in the midst of the worst economy in 100 million millenia and "dire situations" all around the world - and I just can't seem to find your column condemning this show of ostentaciousness or the press's lack of interest in asking "hard questions" about it.
Funny, that. Let us know when you get around to it, mkay?