Thursday, October 13, 2005

Bush Holds Scripted Teleconference With US Troops.

Early on Thursday, President Bush held a teleconference with 10 soldiers from the Army’s 42nd Infantry Division, in which Bush asked the troops about their preparations ahead of the upcoming vote in Iraq for the proposed constitution.

Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Allison Barber prepared the soldiers for the exchange, to make sure the event went on without a hitch.

But what Barber didn’t know, along with the White House, was that an audio stream was recording the preparations, a full half hour before the President arrived. In the audio, you can hear Barber speaking to the soldiers, and preparing them for the specific questions Bush would ask, which soldier would answer their question, and what to do if Bush deviated from the soldiers’ “scripted” responses.

Despite that the conference was booked as a “conversation” with the President, it was nothing more than the President asking questions to soldiers, who would respond with comments prepared for them at by the Bush administration.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to the audio yourself.

17 Comments:

Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I have listened to this "rehrearsal" and I still can't understand what the big deal is. They basically scripted who was going to get what question but their answers were not scripted and their feelings aren't scripted. The soldiers could have said whatever they wanted to without reprisal or retribution.
I guess to the person who is looking for anything to hang the president then this would seem to be as if they were told what to say but the bottom line was that they only rehearsed who was going to get the microphone and make sure that the microphone cord wasn't wrapped up in someone's leg as they were passing it around.

Nice try...really...

You can thank me later for keeping you fair and balanced

7:52 AM  
Blogger M A F said...

What makes this rehearsal of the scripted press conference a "big deal" is that it is being denied as both rehearsed and scripted, despite the video tape evidence.

It is clear that some people are willing to ignore what they see and hear and accept the words of an administration that relies upon deception to get its message out.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Alva Goldbook said...

the answers were CLEARLY scripted. Scotty McClellan tried to deny it, but when a reporter called him on it, he weaseled around the question.

To deny that the soldiers answers were NOT scripted is to deny your own hears.

Miami, I respect your opinions, but don't be utterly rediculous.

12:13 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Again what makes you think that the responses were scripted? Nothing in this or anything that I have read or seen have indicated that the RESPONSES were dictated to them. Do you have proof that this is the case? I think not. Try not to get too caught up in the "gotcha" politics that the liberals have made their main strategy lately and remember that facts are facts regardless of how you want to twist them to make certain ideas you may have reality.

3:00 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

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3:26 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

In an attempt to keep Alva "fair and balanced" I would submit the following...

Here is the actual link to the article
http://snookerswamp.blogspot.com/2005/10/that-staged-event-soldier-speaks.html

It is the words of one of the soldiers that was "supposedly" told what to say, if you were to belive Alva, and how it is completely nothing more than a bogus attempt to recrete the news.

Please remember before you decide to call this soldier a liar and part of the "conspiracy" that these are his words not mine.

Sgt. Ron Long tells his side of the story.

Yesterday, I (bottom right corner in the picture) was chosen to be among a small group of soldiers assigned to the 42ID's Task Force Liberty that would speak to President Bush, our Commander-in-Chief. The interview went well, but I would like to respond to what most of the mass-media has dubbed as, "A Staged Event."

First of all, we were told that we would be speaking with the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, so I believe that it would have been totally irresponsible for us NOT to prepare some ideas, facts or comments that we wanted to share with the President.

"We were given an idea as to what topics he may discuss with us, but it's the President of the United States; He will choose which way his conversation with us may go.

We practiced passing the microphone around to one another, so we wouldn't choke someone on live TV. We had an idea as to who we thought should answer what types of questions, unless President Bush called on one of us specifically."




But then again this would only be just repeating the real story if only Alva had decided to present ALL sides of the story.

Don't worry Alva, I am adding this one to the tab as well.

3:28 PM  
Blogger M A F said...

I offer in refutation of maimimaimi's defense of the scripted event the words of the previously quoted soldier, Sgt. Long as they are most helpful.

Now, if this were not a scripted event why then were the soldiers, according to Sgt. Long "given an idea as to what topics [Bush] may discuss with us"?

If this were not scripted there is no reason to have "given an idea" to the soldiers as to what was going to be discussed. It is clear that Bush was reading from his script and that the soldiers were responding accordingly.

7:47 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I offer in refutation of maimimaimi's defense of the scripted event the words of the previously quoted soldier, Sgt. Long as they are most helpful.

Now, if this were not a scripted event why then were the soldiers, according to Sgt. Long "given an idea as to what topics [Bush] may discuss with us"?

=====>And you are telling me that NO one ever interviewed on Television is EVER told what the topics to be discussed will be? How does that make their responss in any way scripted? They were told what the President will like to talk about. Nothing more. Nice try though, not.

If this were not scripted there is no reason to have "given an idea" to the soldiers as to what was going to be discussed. It is clear that Bush was reading from his script and that the soldiers were responding accordingly.

=====>This is the problem with hating someone. No matter what kind of factual evidence is provided to you it won't change what you want to percieve is truth. The facts are that the ONLY thing that was scripted or rehearsed was the movement of a cheap microphone that had a cord so that they would choke each other as it moved around.

Try to steer clear of the "gotcha" politics. It only makes you look foolish and exposes your hatred and does little else.

7:27 AM  
Blogger M A F said...

Poor miamimiami, when all else fails you accuse me of hating Bush because I make a point (a valid one at that) about his scripted event.

Again, if you have watched the video feed it is clear that the media event was scripted. The soldiers were props in the Bush media event; (they followed the script according to Sgt. Long) from the passing of the microphone to each subsequent soldier to answer, and when they should talk about September 11th. (Did you see the video feed?)

So, you have posted that there was no scripting, then you admit that "the ONLY thing that was scripted or rehearsed was the movement of a cheap microphone." Talk about looking "foolish" in there attempt to play "gotcha" politics.

Last point, I will leave "hating" Bush or you for that matter to others as it isn't worth my time or my energy.



Hey Alva, keep it up!

2:47 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

Poor miamimiami, when all else fails you accuse me of hating Bush because I make a point (a valid one at that) about his scripted event.
======>Actually no you didn't. You failed horribly. You have not proven anything other than your ability to take a simple rehearsal of microphone movement and tried, in vain, to make it much greater than what it was.



Again, if you have watched the video feed it is clear that the media event was scripted. The soldiers were props in the Bush media event; (they followed the script according to Sgt. Long) from the passing of the microphone to each subsequent soldier to answer, and when they should talk about September 11th. (Did you see the video feed?)

=====>I saw the video feed, read the transcript, and read Long's response. And the ONLY thing that was scripted was the movement of the microphone and NOT their answers. Do you have proof that the actuall responses were scripted?

So, you have posted that there was no scripting, then you admit that "the ONLY thing that was scripted or rehearsed was the movement of a cheap microphone." Talk about looking "foolish" in there attempt to play "gotcha" politics.

=====>If describing to you the factual events of something in order to disprove your fantasies of a scripted conversation is looking foolish than who is the bigger fool? The one who is telling you what actually happened or the one who is so desparate to hate a person that they see what they want to see and not what happened?


Last point, I will leave "hating" Bush or you for that matter to others as it isn't worth my time or my energy.

======>You hatred of Bush is evident in your attempt to discredit him even if it means that you have to make our soldiers look like stupid lemmings. You unfortunately have gotten caught up in the "gotcha" politics except that I am more observant and less willing to let my personal feelings affect what factually occurred.

3:39 PM  
Blogger M A F said...

You obviously are quite skilled at projection miamimiami. I have made valid points, direct your attention to your own contradictions and all you can muster is telling me who I supposedly "hate." (Just so you know, your skills in omniscence are woefully inadequate.)

The only one playing "gotcha politics" is you. You have successfully "gotcha" your self in your own trap. Well done.

10:06 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

You obviously are quite skilled at projection miamimiami. I have made valid points, direct your attention to your own contradictions and all you can muster is telling me who I supposedly "hate." (Just so you know, your skills in omniscence are woefully inadequate.)
=====>Again you failed to point out how the R-E-S-P-O-N-S-E-S from the soldiers were "scripted". I think you know this or otherwise you would have been able to supply such evidence like I have. My skills weren't even tested here. All I did was show you what could have easily found by my gradeschool children. The only thing that was "scripted" was the physcial movement of a cheap wired microphone. But again I must be the fool for pointing this out right? Right....

The only one playing "gotcha politics" is you. You have successfully "gotcha" your self in your own trap. Well done.

=====>Ok. You win. You "got me". I must bow to your better knowledge of things unseen and unheard. I mean facts are there and I must be the fool who can't see what only you can see. Ok. I guess I have to admit that based on the lack of evidence and your omnipotence that the soldiers answers were scripted too. Yikes. I think that you may have actually convinced yourself of this. But you know what they say when you try to wrestle with a pig....

3:55 AM  
Blogger M A F said...

Here is some video of the "staged" event. Pay attention to the satellite feed.

3:24 PM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

This coming from the media outlet that really staged a fake event.

Look here and see what the main stream media has been doing to all of us for years...

Real Staged news event

Again the answers that the soldiers gave were not scripted for them. But what the hell...I mean this is the same thing as trying to convince a deaf man what a song sounds like.

4:19 PM  
Blogger M A F said...

I notice that you are quick to ignore the words spoken by the press aide Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Allison Barber prepared the soldiers by asking them the question that Bush would ask.

Then there are the words of Ms. Barber who tells the soldiers that should Bush go off the "scripted" questions that one particular captain is to show us what he is made of if called upon to improvise.

And the scripted portion of the soldiers responses as it pertains to a certain female captain who was told to pause before speaking about seeing Bush on 9/11, Barber refered to that portion of the script as being an important message.

So, the soldier definately were props in the scripted event. They had rehearsed their answers with Ms. Barber (as she states) so it isn't a question of the soldiers "feelings" as much as the soldiers doing their duty via satellite.

And lastly, your mention of the boating incident is nothing more than a non sequitur. Perhaps if anything it makes NBC more qualified to determine what is "scripted" as they have experience. (Then again the only people that seem to think that the event wasn't scripted are people like Limbaugh and Maulkin.)

1:00 AM  
Blogger MiamiMiami said...

I notice that you are quick to ignore the words spoken by the press aide Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Allison Barber prepared the soldiers by asking them the question that Bush would ask.

Then there are the words of Ms. Barber who tells the soldiers that should Bush go off the "scripted" questions that one particular captain is to show us what he is made of if called upon to improvise.

And the scripted portion of the soldiers responses as it pertains to a certain female captain who was told to pause before speaking about seeing Bush on 9/11, Barber refered to that portion of the script as being an important message.

So, the soldier definately were props in the scripted event. They had rehearsed their answers with Ms. Barber (as she states) so it isn't a question of the soldiers "feelings" as much as the soldiers doing their duty via satellite.

And lastly, your mention of the boating incident is nothing more than a non sequitur. Perhaps if anything it makes NBC more qualified to determine what is "scripted" as they have experience. (Then again the only people that seem to think that the event wasn't scripted are people like Limbaugh and Maulkin.)

======>Ok. Dreamers may dream and hopers will hope. If it makes you feel better to think that the whole thing was scripted be my guest. And no not everyone thought it was scripted. But it just shows how desperate the left is in this country to find anything to poin their hopes on to win public appeal. The truth is that the majority of Americans don't see it your way and this is a fact that you still haven't managed to grasp yet. I can try my best to show you the errors of your ways but ultimately you have to accept it for truth, I can't make you see it.

Maybe that's why your side keeps losing elections and making up imaginary reasons on how it happened......

3:03 PM  
Blogger M A F said...

Damn miamimiami you really should give up pretending that you are omniscient as you have once again put your foot into your mouth with the following;

"Maybe that's why your side keeps losing elections..." My side? And what side is that? And please don't skimp on details.

Look, you have once again found your "argument" such as it is, to have been refuted by the video tape evidence and the works spoken right from Barber's mouth. And all you have left is the fabrication of great conspiracies.

And when it comes to "dreamers" and "hopers"(sic) you obviously speak from first hand experience when you state "And no not everyone thought it was scripted." And then claim "The truth is that the majority of Americans don't see it your way..."

Well, I won't take your word for it as this exchange has shown you may be "right" you are certainly not correct.

9:10 PM  

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