Does this sound like the US?
“According to Justice Department spokeswoman Barbara Comstock, Ashcroft wants to explain “key facts directly to the American people” and not have to subject himself to “as much of a filter from people who are already invested in having a different view of it.”
Of course he does. What public official wouldn’t prefer a stenographer to an interlocutor? Ashcroft, like the president he serves, wishes to conduct the public’s business in an echo chamber. With aplomb and no hint of bad conscience, they practice the politics of no-politics, the politics of l’etat, c’est moi.”