Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Executive Privilege and the Outrageous Karl Rove

There's to be a House Judiciary Committee on Friday, on the subject of the Bush administration's use of executive privilege.(The Bush Administration has basically claimed from Day One that they are above the law & don't have to submit to Congressional, much less public, scrutiny.) Interestingly, the online version of a Los Angeles Times article today features an embedded link to YouTube video made by Brave New Films and sponsored by, a coalition of organizations that has gathered 80,000 signatures on a petition calling on the House Judiciary Committee to hold Rove in contempt for refusing to obey its subpoena and order him jailed. The video contains clips taken from 60 Minutes and other news programs on ABC, CNN, MSNBC, and C-Span.

You can watch it here.

I bet we'll be seeing more of these political videos. I can't help imagining what the early 1970s and mid-1980s would have been like, if people had been able to make videos while Watergate or Iran Contra was unfolding... The far right wing wasn't nearly so well organized back then.

1 comment:

Nancy Jane Moore said...

Of course, during Watergate Congress actually took action against an overreaching president, even without video. These days we may have blogs, youtube, and some great reporting by the likes of Seymour Hersh and Jane Mayer, and yet Bush and his people remain firmly entrenched. They're hated, they're unpopular, they're doing things that even Richard Nixon wouldn't have tried, but Congress isn't doing squat.