Once upon a time, the U.S. news media played an important "checking" function on the government. The press was the public's guard dog, challenging official wisdom and holding public officials to account.
That was before Fox News and the presidency of George W. Bush. With Fox News on the beat, the Bush Administration has an all-purpose lapdog, a platoon of attractive faces and coiffed hairdos always ready to accept whatever pablum the President and his people dish out, all the while snarling back at actual journalists.
The latest example speaks for itself. Here's Secretary of State Condi Rice speaking (unwittingly) into a live mike earlier today: "My Fox guys, I love every single one of them."