Cutting Through The Crap

Friday, July 23, 2010

Well (if a little strenuously) Said

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I don't watch Olbermann any more, because unlike Foxophiles I don't need constant reinforcement of a narrow point of view, and I finally got turned off by his over-the-top self-righteousness and his tendency (as opposed to Rachel Maddow, whom I also stopped watching but highly admire for her actual journalism) to have only yes-men on his show. Which is not to say I disagree with him.

The above is exactly what I've been saying about Fox "news" and the RWS™ and all of those like Blue (I exclude Frank because I think he's huffing his hoses so much he doesn't know what he just said at any given moment and as a liberal I must empathize and hope he gets help) and teabaggers and the silent sea of softheaded seekers of solace from cerebration who enable them by defending them or simply ignoring the obvious: they're liars. All of them. Every single one. Deliberate liars. They're inimical to functioning democracy. They've taken the idea of journalism and perverted it, intentionally. Knowing the value of a vigorous and free press (protected by the Constitution the ignoring of which they supported for the prior eight years), they've chosen to destroy it by discredit. It's like those programs to control mosquitoes by releasing sterile ones into the population. I can't speak for the mosquitoes, but this plan is working well.

I'll say it again: if you heard it on Fox "news" or from any of the RWS™, it's a lie. It's a deliberate falsification based on a destructive agenda and it's predicated on the belief -- for which there remains no disproof -- that its listeners and supporters are too stupid or too needy or too lazy or too uneducated or too hidebound by their preconceptions to figure it out. And, of course, on the knowledge that among those who do figure it out, most won't care. Will, in fact, love it for that very reason.

Democracy depends on an educated electorate. Education depends on good public schools and a functioning, intelligent, well-intentioned and skeptical press. And so, systematically, brilliantly, cynically, the right wing has been amputating every leg of the stool. And they've been doing it for a single simple purpose: fool the rest of you so they can take the money and run.

Give me another explanation, and I'll consider it.

3 comments:

Timmyson said...

Just to be clear, and I've been having trouble getting this from news sources on the issue:

Did Breitbart do this himself and then Fox "news" was the first to promote it, or did they work with him to originally produce the fraudulant video?

While both are reprehensible (and not entirely surprising) there is an important difference.

Sid Schwab said...

It's not clear to me, the relation between Breitbart and the editing. However, given his history (the clearly edited "acorn tapes"), I don't believe he was innocent of it, didn't know it, even if someone else did the editing.

I don't think, however, that Fox was necessarily in cahoots: their one occasionally-credible reporter, Shep Smith, didn't go with the story because he didn't trust the source.

There is a difference, I'll agree. Important? Arguable. They relentlessly hype such stories, manufacture their own (the NBBP being only the latest), and, in the case of their para-premier personality, "apologize" in the most non-apologetic of ways.

They might be innocent of fabrication in this particular case, but it's their modus operandi generally. If the grunt work was done for them, they ran with it like Usain Bolt.

Frank Drackman said...

I get it, Fox lies, Becks the Anti-Christ, or wait, Chaney's the Anti-Christ, Beck's Mr. Spock, with his Vulcan Mind-Meld, Brainwashing the President(Sweet Light Crude be upon Him) to fire a hard workin Sista...
I'll ask you like my daughters used to a few years ago...
"WHY DADDY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY? WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!"
Forget the stupid Birth Certificate, what happened to the President's Balls???

Frank "Nitrous Makes You Happy" Drackman