The press gives Bush another free-pass -- mia culpas will come later.The press did some way-too-late self examination after they gave Bush a free-pass on the Patriot Act and on the Iraq War. Long after the pig was out of the pen. Now they're doing it again.
Hey press! Do you jobs! Denounce this shameless, un-American power grab by Bush!
Detainee bill lifts Bush's power to new heights
President now has legal authority even courts can't challenge
With the final passage through Congress of the detainee treatment bill, President Bush achieved a signal victory Friday, shoring up with legislation his determined campaign against terrorism in the face of challenges from critics and the courts.
Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asserted since Sept. 11, 2001, the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation. In effect it allows the president to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely and interrogate them -- albeit with a ban on the harshest treatment -- beyond the reach of the full court reviews traditionally afforded criminal defendants and ordinary prisoners.
After 9/11 the press used the excuse that they, too, were swept up in the emotions of the event. But what is their excuse now?