Irony Is Dead

Keith Olbermann pointed this out on Countdown last night. This is from yesterday’s White House press briefing by Dana Perino. She was commenting on the situation in Burma.

Q And the protests, themselves, seem to have been stilled. What do you make of that?

MS. PERINO: Well, unfortunately, intimidation and force can chill peaceful demonstrations. And reports about very innocent people being thrown into detention, where they could be held for years without any representation or charges, is distressing; and we understand that some of the monasteries have been sealed. Now, obviously, this has, again, a chilling effect on protestors, but we would ask that everyone show restraint and allow those who want to express themselves to be able to do so in Burma.

Yes, very distressing.

Blackwater Headlines Tell the Tale

Lots of stuff about Blackwater in the news today.

At the Washington Post, see “Report Details Killings by Blackwater Staff in Iraq” by Karen DeYoung, “Gold-Plated Rambos” by Patrick Pexton, and an editorial, “Blackwater Waves.”

At the New York Times, John Broder writes “Report Says Firm Sought to Cover Up Iraq Shootings.”

At TPM Muckraker, Spencer Ackerman writes, “Email Shows State Officials Doing Blackwater Damage Control.”

At Salon, see Ben Van Heuvelen’s “The Bush administration’s ties to Blackwater” and P.W. Singer’s “The dark truth about Blackwater.”

At Newsweek, see “Death From All Sides” by Kevin Peraino.

And, finally, see “Republicans ask Waxman to postpone Blackwater hearing” at Politico.