There seems to be an unwritten law that politicians and their spokesmen must be polite to the news media, whatever the provocation. This shouldn't be the case. The media is immensely powerful, they're the Fourth Estate, practically the fourth branch of government. And they are biased, of course. Evan Thomas of Newsweek said recently that the pro-Kerry bias in the media will boost Kerry by 15% come election time. There was a time when the media were too deferential towards politicians, now it's the exact opposite. Now is a perfect time to turn the tables on the overwhelmingly hostile White House press corps who have embarked on a massive damage limitation exercise on behalf of the Kerry campaign. Yesterday, for example, Bush condemned the SwiftVets along with all the other 527s. That wasn't good enough for the media. One female reporter said something like "Never mind the other 527s, why don't you just condemn the SwiftVets?" Bush should have said something like "Let me get this straight, you want me to single out the one 527 that just happens to be hurting the Kerry campaign and forget about the $62 million worth of ads directed at me?" Why can't Bush say that? Why can't the media answer questions? Is there a law against it? Why aren't the media taken to task by the politicians for a change? Polititicians have First Amendment rights too, don't they? White House press secretary, Scott McClelland ought to directly challenge reporters to demand Kerry sign an SF-180, for example. Some may say this is a risky strategy. The media may get even more biased. I don't think that's possible.