Tortuous coverage

Today’s lead headline in The New York Times: Bush Doesn’t Expect NATO to Provide Troops for Iraq. Today’s lead headline in The Financial Times: Bush sidesteps questions over prisoners’ torture. Tell me again how the Times has an anti-Bush agenda?

What’s most amusing to me is that he didn’t sidestep the questions, so much as answer them without admitting it. Growing increasingly frustrated at reporters’ insistence on a straight answer, he kept saying things like, “What I authorized was staying within U.S. law.” And thanks to The Wall Street Journal’s exposure of what one NPR commentator compared to a criminal defense attorney’s poking and prodding at the law, we know exactly what the administration interpreted the law to allow.

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