June 22, 2004

In Book, Clinton Explains Problems with 'Elite' Press

Seems like there's a lot of animosity towards the press, and it's not a new phenomenon:
"He then recounts a conversation with old friend Nicholas Katzenbach, then on the board of the Washington Post, telling him that he was 'ashamed of the paper's coverage on Whitewater.'"

To put it in some perspective, I'll refer you to a Toby Keith song, "The Critic":
Tell it like it is

He gets up real early on his mornin' drive
Down to the office for his 9 to 5
He drives a 94' two tone economy car
Loves to tell the local bands down at the bar
That he's the critic, yeah I can hook you up
I know everybody in the business

He flunked junior high band he couldn't march in time
He tried to write a song once, but he couldn't make it rhyme
He learned 2 or 3 chords on a pawn shop guitar
He just never quite had what it took to be a star
So he's a critic I work for the gazette man
I got a real job

He did a 5 star column on a band you never heard
He did a bluegrass review without an unkind word
He thought it was time to ask his boss for a raise
His boss said I can't even tell if anybody's even readin' your page

So he thought and he thought a little more
He caught a young hot star headed into town
Then he hid behind his typewriter and gunned the boy down
Here come the letters, the emails, the he faxes
They raised him to 20 thousand dollars after taxes

He's a happy critic yeah
He's rollin' in the dough
Man I could do this forever
This is easy
They're all readin' my column
Please don't tell my mama

That I write the music column for the gazette
She still thinks, that I play piano down at the cathouse
Emphasis mine.