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June 28, 2005
The Clairvoyant New Media

Don't mess with the AP's Jennifer Loven -- she apparently is the wire service's resident fortune-teller. More than three hours before George Bush wil speak at Fort Bragg to review progress on Iraq and the war on terror, Loven has already heard him speak and delivers her analysis (via Michelle Malkin):

President Bush on Tuesday appealed for the nation's patience for "difficult and dangerous" work ahead in Iraq, hoping a backdrop of U.S. troops and a reminder of Iraq's revived sovereignty would help him reclaim control of an issue that has eroded his popularity.

In an evening address at an Army base that has 9,300 troops in Iraq, Bush was acknowledging the toll of the 27-month-old war. At the same time, he aimed to persuade skeptical Americans that his strategy for victory needed only time not any changes to be successful.

Wow! Here I am, thinking that I need to actually watch the speech in order to live-blog it later on. This crack efficiency must be due to the layers of editorial control that the Exempt Media keeps claiming as their advantage over bloggers as journalists.

In the fourth paragraph, Loven gives the game away a bit. One would expect the tortured tenses to have attracted an editor's eye at some point as it went through those filters (emphases mine):

"Like most Americans, I see the images of violence and bloodshed. Every picture is horrifying and the suffering is real," Bush said, according to excerpts released ahead of time by the White House. "It is worth it."

It was a tricky balancing act, believed necessary by White House advisers who have seen persistent insurgent attacks eat into Americans' support for the war and for the president and increase discomfort among even Republicans on Capitol Hill.

I believe I'll still live-blog this, considering Loven's track record of covering anything with George Bush. I plan on watching the speech on C-SPAN and then reviewing it on Fox, if Brit Hume has his normal post-speech panel in place. I'll leave the crystal ball to the AP and the Exempt Media.

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