least surprising development of the day
Washington Post: An Answer? Out of the Question
It was, perhaps, inevitable, and it happened late last week: The White House went completely incommunicado.
For two years, lawmakers, journalists and watchdog groups have complained that the Bush administration has been stingy with information on everything from energy policy to Iraq rebuilding. But the less-is-more communications approach reached its logical extreme in a pair of briefings in Texas on Thursday and Friday by deputy White House press secretary Claire Buchan. In an exchange of nearly 3,800 words, the spokeswoman managed not to answer about 75 questions.
I suppose the reflexive Bush boosters must be terribly amused by Dubya sticking it to the so-called "liberal media," and those pesky, nosy Congressional oversight groups, but this Administration's obvious attitude that its actions are not really any of the American public's darn business stikes me as somehow, ah, counter-(small-d)-democratic.