Tuesday, March 28, 2006

When MSM Outlets.

Check out the opening graphs in the Washington Post's coverage of Andy Card's resignation as White House Chief of Staff:
White House Chief of Staff Andrew H. Card Jr. announced his resignation this morning after nearly 5 1/2 years as President Bush's top aide. Bush said Card will be replaced by Joshua B. Bolten, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Card will serve until April 14 to provide a transition period. The move could presage broader staff changes as Bolten takes over an operation hobbled by political problems heading into a crucial midterm election season.

Bush made the announcement in the Oval Office at 8:30 a.m., standing at the podium with Card to his right, Bolten to his left. The president thanked Card for his "wise counsel, his calm in crisis, his ability, his integrity, and his tireless commitment to public service" and said "he will always be my friend."

Turning to Bolten, Bush described his new chief of staff as a creative thinker and a strong advocate for accountability and effective management in the federal government.

"He is a man of candor and humor and directness, who is comfortable with responsibility and knows how to lead," Bush said.

Card has held the top staff job at the White House longer than any person since Sherman Adams under President Dwight D. Eisenhower and had earned enormous respect within the building and around Washington for his calm professionalism and stamina. But his stewardship of the Bush team had come under question in recent months after a series of mishaps, including the failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers, the bungled federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the slow public disclosure of Vice President Cheney's shooting accident and the unexpected Republican revolt over a plan to turn over management at a half dozen ports to an Arab-owned company.
It's a fair portrayal of Mr. Card's decision to leave the White House after six years. Now, contrast this to the AP coverage of the same event:
Struggling to revive his troubled presidency, President Bush replaced longtime chief of staff Andy Card with budget director Joshua Bolten on Tuesday and gave Bolten authority to make further changes in a White House staff that even Republicans have complained is tired, insular and lacking fresh ideas.

Appearing with Bush in the Oval Office, Bolten gave no hint about what, if any, shake-up he might order. But White House officials said no one should doubt his ability to replace Bush aides. "He'll have all the authority he needs ... to make the decisions that he feels best, working with the president," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

Like Card, Bolten, 51, is a Washington insider whose ties reach back to Bush's 2000 campaign for the White House. Democrats - as well as some Republicans - grumbled that the new White House boss looked a lot like the old one.

Bush said of Bolten, "He's a man of candor and humor and directness, who's comfortable with responsibility and knows how to lead. No person is better prepared for this important position."

Before being named budget director in 2003, Bolten was Card's deputy chief of staff for policy, a colleague of such senior aides as top political adviser Karl Rove and White House counselor Dan Bartlett.

Alarmed by Bush's falling approval ratings and White House mistakes - from the bungled Hurricane Katrina reaction to the ill-fated deal to allow an Arab company to manage U.S. ports - Republicans have been urging the president to bring in new advisers with fresh energy. The GOP's concerns have been heightened by anxiety over midterm congressional elections in November. Card, as chief of staff, became a target for blame.

Democrats said Card's departure wasn't enough. "Simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic by replacing Andy Card with Josh Bolten without a dramatic change in policy will not right this ship," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
Whoa, nelly! Is the AP covering the same event as the Washinton Post?

The Reasonable mouth-foaming of Mr. Hunt continues to discredit the work of the White House Press Corps. Determined to see a reeling Bush in every crinkle, Mr. Hunt forges a story in total disregard of the facts.

First of all, Mr. Card resigned. The President did not ask for Mr. Card's resignation; he accepted this time after Mr. Card offered it at least once before. Mr. Hunt, apparently in love with hyperbole and the murky meshing of his vaunted opinions with facts, believes the President has essentially dismissed Mr. Card in order to save his presidency.

Exactly when will the Reasonable MSM mouth-foamers finally dry out?