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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Political Theater

Posted By on Sun, Apr 29, 2007 at 9:32 AM

 "Four years ago this spring the Bush administrationtook leave of reality and plunged our country into a war so poorlyplanned it soon turned into a disaster."

The words of Bill Moyers in his "Buying the War" eye-opener. Like a man who gets right to the point.

"The story of how high officialsmisled the country has been told. But they couldn't have done it ontheir own; they needed a compliant press, to pass on their propagandaas news and cheer them on. Since then thousands of people have died,and many are dying to this day. Yet the story of how the media boughtwhat the White House was selling has not been told in depth ontelevision."

Better late than never, eh?

If you haven't seen it, it's available online here at PBS.

And closer to home in the Beautiful Dark & Damp Burlap area, yours truly's second Statehouse cafeteria food-fight of this season, aka "Point-Counterpoint,"  will air on CH. 17 - at 11:40  A.M. & 5:40 P.M. We, me and the CCTV crew, taped it under the dome on Wednesday when the place was jumping!

It's the only time I'm aware of that Burlington Rep. Kurt Wright, a Republican, has refused to appear on a television program. In this case, he would have been opposite fellow Burlington pol, Rep. David Zuckerman, a Progressive. The issue on the table was the Impeach Bush & Cheney Resolution that had passed the Senate. and was headed for the House Floor that afternoon.

Perfectly understandable, eh?  Who in their right mind would want to have to go before the TV cameras and defend George "WMD" Bush?

With no Kwik Stop Kurt, just an empty seat, I had to play his part opposite The Pony Tail. After knowing Kurt for going on three decades, I think I have his mannerisms and political gyrations down pretty good.

Just kidding.  I didn't play his part. Well, not too much of the time, anyway.

But according to reliable sources, GOP Rep. Wright had heard such - that I played him - and called CH. 17 demanding he be allowed to view the program before it airs!!!

Big Brother?

Those sources say they were eventually able to calm down Ol' Kurt. Poor guy's extra sensitive  imagewise these days. Heck, in addition to state rep, he recently ascended to the presidency of the Burlington City Council.

Presidents have much larger....heads, eh?

Speaking of presidents, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin is also a guest, as is Associated Press writer Ross Sneyd.

No beating around the bush....


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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