"Bamboozlepalooza: All the News That’s Fit to Link"
The 20-day report of the Bamboozlepalooza tour, put together by the administration to summarize how seemingly successful the first third of the trip has been, includes a “What They’re Saying” section that provides links to press coverage of the Social Security debate, even linking an editorial from early March of last year. While they are trying to convince others that the events are successful and the press coverage is positive, the administration is being quite selective about which news articles are being linked.
Recent press coverage of the Battle Creek, Michigan, stop:
Excerpt from a Kalamazoo Gazette article, which is linked: “At the back of the stage where Cheney spoke, a sign read, ‘Strengthening Social Security for the 21st Century.'”
Excerpt from a Detroit Free Press article, which is not linked: “Outside the auditorium where Cheney spoke, two men protesting the president’s plan held a large banner that read, ‘Defend Social Security, Privatization Is A Scam.'”
Vice President Cheney and the Social Security debate:
Headline of a Washington Post article, which is linked: “Cheney Joins the Social Security Campaign”
Headline of a Washington Post article, which is not linked: “Cheney: Social Security Plan to Cost Trillions”
Support for Social Security from other conservatives:
Excerpt from a Kalamazoo Gazette article, which is linked: “[U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, R-Battle Creek ] said he has reservations about the stock-market accounts but remains ‘wide open’ about the proposal.”
Excerpt from a Gannett News Service article, which is not linked: “Rep. Joe Schwarz of Michigan said Social Security ‘has worked well for so long, I don’t think it needs any wholesale change.'”
Excerpt from a Detroit Free Press article, which also is not linked: Rep. Joe Schwarz of Michigan said, “Social Security is essentially a public-defined benefit program, and I am not convinced that adding private accounts to the mix will solve the problem.”