17.11.04

Powell y los periodistas

Otra razón más para lamentar la dimisión de Colin Powell (No, no me refiero al hecho de que su sucesora no tiene novio y de que si lo tuviera, quizá no tendría ganas de destruir el mundo. Al menos, eso es lo que piensa un humorista).

A diferencia de sus compañeros de Gobierno y de los políticos de otros países, incluido el nuestro, Colin Powell sí cree en la libertad de prensa. Incluso cuando los periodistas le vuelven loco con sus errores:

And the Fourth Estate really isn't identified particularly in the Constitution except in the First Amendment: speech or the right of the people to peacefully assemble will not abridged, will not be restricted in any way. People are supposed to be able to come out and shout and scream at their government.

Hopefully, they won't do it too often and hopefully they won't do it to me too often, but they do. And it's sometimes quite annoying. It sometimes makes my life miserable. Very often, it's dead-on and then I'm embarrassed. Very often, it's totally wrong and then I'm just mad. But the best thing about being mad is you get over it and you get mad and you read a paper and you throw it across the room, you get your remote, you start clicking for some -- you know, get me Judge Judy. I don't want to watch this any more, you know. (Laughter.) I've had enough of these guys.

And so, you get annoyed. But I have been around a lot of years and I get over my annoyance quickly because I understand that is the nature of our system. You must have a free press that screams and hollers and makes your life miserable. You all know the famous expression to -- you know, to take care of the oppressed and to go after those who are afflicting the oppressed; to comfort the afflicted and to go after those who are doing the affliction, that's part of a free press.


Ana, siempre Ana

Su amor platónico estaba ayer mucho más guerrera que el general que tanto le atraía. En la FAES, nada menos. Ana Palacio:

Reagan y Thatcher fueron tan impopulares como Bush, pero la historia demostró que tenían razón. La libertad está amenazada hoy tanto como ayer. Sólo hemos sustituido los ejércitos rojos por los terroristas.


La historia absolverá a Ana Palacio. Lo que no sé es cómo.