Tuesday, September 07, 2004

It's not a speech until it's spoken and it's not a Bush speech until it's broken

In his Notebook discussion of Kos' breaking the Bush speech embargo, Eric Zorn said:
There's a certain insider-geek thrill to knowing the news before it happens and reading along with the prepared text of a speech, but it gets old fast. And not only that, big political speeches are as much theater as they are content, and watching a speech with fresh eyes and ears is by far the best way to get a feel for its impact. *** In the end, not many people are going to want to do it and such leaking wouldn't be worth trying to stop even if it were possible.
But Mr. Zorn left out the best argument against reading the prepared text of a Bush speech -- that the text often doesn't contain Mr. Bush's most revealing statements. For instance it is unlikely that the prepared text of Monday's speech contained this revelation from Mr. Bush:
Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNS aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country.
From the Tribune Company's Los Angeles Times

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