by D. Cupples | We ordinary Americans expect sleight of hand from magicians on a stage. We expect dishonest manipulation of our perception (even lies) from corporations advertising products for sale during our favorite TV shows. As taxpayers, we should never accept corporate-style public-relations campaigns from public servants whom we pay to run our government and protect our nation.
A few years ago, we learned that high-level Bush Administration officials had misled our nation into invading Iraq (e.g., false claims about WMDs and an Iraq-9/11 connection). A few weeks ago, we learned that FEMA staged a fake press conference with staff posing as journalists. Today, Think Progress reports that Condoleezza Rice did something similar after becoming Secretary of State: