Bush drinking and now Bush drugs have been buzzed about in Washington at times by people in the know. Remember that day Bush almost choked we were told on 'a pretzel', explaining how it happened that he fell over visibly banging his head. Word in Washington at the time was the American President was all alone drinking beer, eating pretzels, and watching football on TV a little tipsy in the White House residence that day...and the 'choking pretzel' story was the best they could come up with.
In the interim since this early Bush episode with the bottle we've now learned, 30 some years after the fact, that President Nixon was so drunk in the White House one night at the time of the 1973 Middle East war that he couldn't even take an urgent phone call from the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
As for this new 'drugs' story, is it true? We can only make professional judgements what is being talked about, what to report, what we judge to be credible and important. When the President sulked away from the Press on 8 July we did indeed find that very usual and reported it then. Now this.
And why haven't we heard it from the corporate media big newspapers and TV programs? Well, there are lots of other things we haven't heard from those traditional news sources, lots of other things these sources misreport or play down, lots of other things we end up hearing about months or even years after the fact.
Of late for instance the corporate media reported in tandem that CIA Director George Tenet was resigning for 'personal reasons' because he simply wanted to 'spend more time with his family'. Right!
The important recent story about the United Nations General Assembly voting to endorse the International Court of Justice decision calling on Israel to tear down the illegal wall -- the first time the entire European Community voted in unison against Israel -- was reported only in a small story on page 15 of the Washington Post.
Another recent important story -- that the 9/11 Commission had uncovered the 'motive' for the 9/11 attacks to be in large part hatred for U.S. support of Israeli policies -- was tremendously downplayed by the corporate media and could only be found with a high-power journalistic magnifying glass.
And what about the major story published and broadcast abroad earlier this month -- and which MER focused on at the time -- about the U.S. strongman in Baghdad, Iyad Allawi, reportedly personally gunning down six hand-cuffed prisoners to show how tough he is.
We could easily compile a much longer list. Indeed, just read back through MER articles in recent years and this kind of thing happens far more often than any of us usually stop to realize in our busy days.