Rob Garver

Rob Garver is a freelance journalist living in Springfield, Va., and is currently studying at Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

Recent Articles

The Fighting Irish

Does the Bush administration retaliate against reporters who don't play nice with the White House? Well, let's just say that Carol Coleman, the Washington correspondent for the Irish television network RTE, won't be interviewing President Bush again anytime soon -- or ever, for that matter. In an interview timed to coincide with Bush's visit to Ireland over the weekend, the veteran reporter questioned the president aggressively about the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the subsequent occupation, interrupting him several times during the 11-minute exhange. It was the first one-on-one presidential interview granted to Irish television since the Reagan administration, and the White House selected RTE from among a number of Irish media outlets that had requested time with Bush. Coleman returned the favor by asking pointed questions, and by noting that the president would be met in Ireland by large crowds protesting the U.S. invasion of Iraq. When Bush tried to justify the war on the basis of...

Backstage Pass

Consider it a sign of how good right-wing Republicans have become at influencing media coverage that David Bossie was a disappointed man on Monday. The previous evening his conservative advocacy group, Citizens United, placed an advertisement attacking Bill Clinton on seven CBS affiliates around the country, timed to run during an hour-long 60 Minutes interview about the former president's just-published autobiography. Bossie, a partisan whose methods were heavy-handed enough to get him fired by Rep. Dan Burton and rebuked by Rep. Newt Gingrich, was true to form in his latest effort. The 30-second spot implicitly accuses Clinton of leaving the United States “vulnerable” to the September 11 terrorist attacks and features a picture of his book with the title, My Life , slowly being replaced by blood-red letters flowing across the cover to spell “My Fault.” By the next day, Bossie had been interviewed on MSNBC and Fox News; his group's ad had been mentioned prominently in several...

Cut-and-Paste Over

The New York Times put U.S. politicians on notice Tuesday: If you try to mislead the American people with dishonest campaign ads, they'll sic Jim Rutenberg on you, and he'll splash your lies all over the most influential front page in the country. Or some of them, anyway. Especially if you are John Kerry. Not so much if you are President Bush. But that's not all. The Times also served notice that any politician who goes on national television to try to mislead voters will find Elisabeth Bumiller on his or her tail, and she'll … well, never mind. Rutenberg's piece on dishonest campaign ads Tuesday would have been a solid piece of reporting -- if the campaign ads it focused on were the only ones he had to choose from. But the story ignores some of the Bush campaign's more egregious TV spots, such as the claim that Kerry's single vote against a defense appropriations act in 1990 was equivalent to 87 votes against critical weapons systems. Keeping Rutenberg's piece company on the front...