Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Manufacturing Outrage

So who's lying about this Newsweek bullshit -- Scott McClellan or Gen. Richard Myers? Well, we'll let you decide (excerpt from end of last Thursday's press conference -- emphasis mine):

GEN. MYERS: It's the -- it's a judgment of our commander in Afghanistan, General Eikenberry, that in fact the violence that we saw in Jalalabad was not necessarily the result of the allegations about disrespect for the Koran -- and I'll get to that in just a minute -- but more tied up in the political process and the reconciliation process that President Karzai and his Cabinet is conducting in Afghanistan. So that's -- that was his judgment today in an after- action of that violence. He didn't -- he thought it was not at all tied to the article in the magazine.

Now, does Michelle Malkin have anything smart and catchy to say about that? Does she want to try " Lied, People Died" out for size? I'm guessing not.

Since Newsweek themselves clearly don't have the fucking balls to stick up for themselves, apparently all us amateur citizen journalists have to do it for them. Again.

Tell you what, you craven jerkoff mealymouthed media weasels. Get out of the game already, and learn an honest trade that you're willing to fight for, because clearly you don't respect the one you're in nearly enough.

Even without the soul of this nation on the line, I have nothing but contempt for people who do not treat their vocations as craft. I believe in the old guild system, where everybody endeavored to produce something of value and worth, upheld its traditions, refined its craft, and constantly looked for ways to innovate and streamline the process. This principle holds true no matter what you do -- plumber, musician,....or journalist.

I do not think these people understand or respect journalism. I don't think they've read Lincoln Steffens or Upton Sinclair. I don't think they realize that Sy Hersh didn't get into it to sell tampons and SUVs and pharmaceuticals between sound bites. I think they look at Screamin' Chris Matthews and Li'l Russ, and try to scheme for themselves an anchor seat that'll get them that bitchin' house in Nantucket. I think they'd rather suck dick for a fake scoop than go out and work for a real one.

The people who are lambasting Spikey Isikoff are the exact same people who sang his praises when he was Linda (Jabba The) Tripp's favorite stenographer. They count on the apathetic non-particpants of this spinner-rim society to not have any institutionalized memory, to discard all these names and faces that can actually affect their lives.

Thanks to their self-immolating enablers in the media, they keep winning, even as we catch them in lie after mendacious lie.

You think in the days of the Roman Empire, one guy turned to another and said, "Hey, you think the empire's crumbling?" No fucking way; even while they were trying to get Germania back from the Alarics and Visigoths, they still thought they'd win....just because they were Romans, fortune's favored.

This is no longer about whether we flushed the Quran down a toilet, if it ever really was about that in the first place.


Craig Heath said...

Don't mean to quibble, but this is at least somewhat about whether we flushed the Quran down the toilet - in a larger sense.

Noone who holds sectarian values seriously can admit another sect might be right. This is the nature of sectarianism (and this is why we originally chose not to be a sectarian society). And, since we are deciding more and more to be sectarian as a country, we must, by definition, "flush" the other sect's holy book down the toilet. We're doing that every day, while we congratulate ourselves on our magnanimity.

And BTW: I think you need to capitalize and trademark your phrase "spinner-rim society". It's brilliant, and a condensation of the idea that "bread and circuses" can take many forms.

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