Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The Things That Matter Most

Dastardly Syrians and Iranians Helping Insurgents in Iraq! Outright War in Lebanon! Soldiers Getting Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan! Massive Cost Overruns and Corruption in Iraq Reconstruction! Record Trade Deficits! New Orleans' Still Not Fixed! Seniors Falling into the Medicare Doughnut Hole!

The Bush-league White House is focusing on the things that matter:

Next up: a renovation of the [White House] briefing room, likely with a video wall that could display everything from "flags waving in the breeze [to] detailed charts and graphs," according to a senior White House official working on the project. For TV viewers, the video feed could be the sole on-screen image, or could share the space with the speaker.

White House officials say they are weighing how -- and how often -- to use the video capability. But the new technology could help transform White House briefings -- midday exchanges with reporters in a utilitarian setting -- into more interesting viewing. Both the planned video capabilities and Mr. Snow's hiring appear to be part of a subtle but sweeping effort by administration officials to deliver their message directly to the public, particularly through video.
Because as long as we can give the illusion that everything is o.k., everything is o.k.!

Hat tip to the Agonist.

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