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Monday, August 04, 2003


Barbara Amiel writes: I have often seen disagreements between the BBC and British governments, whether Labour or Conservative. But the battle going on now is quite different. It is a struggle for power between the two. Incredibly, it has all the hallmarks of an attempted coup d'├ętat by the BBC. (Link from Instapundit, so I assume everyone interested has already read it.)

This past Friday I watched Washington Week in Review - which is becoming increasingly difficult to do - and saw a table of journalists take a moment to reflect on the 30th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, whereupon the American press accomplished precisely that. Yes, they used proper constitutional forms back then - but they might not be so mindful of legalistic niceties now. Besides, impeachment is all for show anyway, as the Clinton reprise-as-farce demonstrated.

They miss those days so very badly. You could hear it in their voices, and see the way their eyes brightened in remembrance. Watergate was when the press became - in its own eyes at least - an extralegal, co-equal branch of government, able to play checks-and-balances with the big boys. Ah, if only they had their own Article in the Constitution, rather than depending on a single clause in a single amendment!

Perhaps the noticeable increase in shrill partisanship is due to the fact that they're the only branch still controlled by Democrats.

posted by Kelly | 6:14 PM link