Things That Tick Me Off
Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 8, 2010
With the Nasr firing, here we find yet again exposed the central lie of American establishment journalism: that opinion-free “objectivity” is possible, required, and the governing rule. The exact opposite is true: very strong opinions are not only permitted but required. They just have to be the right opinions: the official, approved ones. Just look at the things that are allowed. The Washington Post lavished editorial praise on the brutal, right-wing tyrant Augusto Pinochet, and that caused no controversy. AP’s Washington Bureau Chief Ron Fournier got caught sending secret, supportive emails to Karl Rove, and nothing happened. Benjamin Netanyahu formally celebrates the Terrorist bombing of the King David Hotel that killed 91 civilians and nobody is stigmatized for supporting him. Erick Erickson sent around the most rancid and arguably racist tweets, only to thereafter be hired as a CNN contributor. And as Jonathan Schwarz wrote of the Nasr firing:
William Barr is on the board of directors of Time Warner, the parent company of CNN. Barr was a senior adviser in the Reagan administration, which attempted to assassinate Fadlallah, missing him and killing more than eighty bystanders.
Having someone who was part of the slaughter of 80 civilians in Lebanon on your Board is fine. And having a former AIPAC official with an obvious bias toward Israel (just watch Blitzer in this 5-minute clip if you have doubts about that) is perfectly consistent with a news network’s “credibility.” But expressing sadness over the death of an Islamic cleric beloved by much of the Muslim world is not. Whatever is driving that, it has nothing to do with “objectivity.”
All of this would be so much more tolerable if CNN would simply admit that it permits its journalists to hold and express some controversial opinions (ones in accord with official U.S. policy and orthodox viewpoints) but prohibits others (ones which the neocon Right dislikes). Instead, we are subjected to this patently false pretense of opinion-free objectivity.
#2: The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank plays Blame the Victim, Punch the Hippie, and Patronize the Black Man in an amazing trifecta of wankery:
A year ago, [Van Jones] was the White House “green jobs czar,” a best-selling author and a community leader brought in by the president to transform the American economy with clean energy.
The economy wasn’t transformed, but the czar’s reputation was. Glenn Beck and other conservative critics dug up unsavory items on Jones — that he once called himself a communist, that he signed a statement in support of the 9/11 “truthers” and that he described President Obama’s Republican critics as a part of the lower gastrointestinal tract. He was forced to resign after six months on the job.
“I’m just like the rest of America,” [Jones] said, invoking the millions who have lost their homes or can’t find work.
“These are days of hope and heartbreak.”
The analogy doesn’t hold up, because Jones has only himself to blame for his downfall.
In Milbank’s world, only right-wing commentators are allowed to say what Jones said about people.
Or, if I may be permitted to use strong language for a moment:
Milbank, you stupid fucking right-wing-coddling piece of shit.
Yeah, Van Jones “has only himself to blame” and not the worthless pieces of shit whose politically-driven smears you keep fucking validating, you fatuous stupid fuck.
You attack Jones in a way you never have gone after people who have actually done wrong in this nation. For instance, have you ever gone after Pete Peterson? A quick Google search says no — but it did remind me of this little gem in your recent past:
What if a reporter made a wildly inappropriate video suggesting that the secretary of state, who happens to be a woman, should drink Mad Bitch beer? Surely that reporter would be forced to apologize to Hillary Rodham Clinton before walking the plank. Yet when this happened, Dana Milbank, the longtime Washington Post star who made the video, remained a prized political writer at the paper. (The “Mouthpiece Theater” video segments, mercifully, have been canceled.)
And what did you do when you were called on it? You whined like the whiny-ass titty baby you are.
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