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coturnix

Yup.

The Viscount LaCarte

Great post Lance. You really nailed it. The stupid things the press says about this stupid president and his stupid decisions and his stupid "indecisions" is really really stupid.

I want to say right here and now, I thought he totally sucked after 9/11. The Viscountess and I watched the speech and thought, "We're screwed! This guy couldn't manage a goldfish in a bowl." I thought I heard him say, "But Mr. Cheney! You said all I'd have to do is play golf with my friends from the oil business, learn to read the words written by Mr. Rove and his nice friends, have tea with that sissy Mr. Blair and go on vacation once and a while. You didn't say anything about a CRISIS!"

It made me sick to have read about what a "great leader" he was. How he was pulling the nation together in her time of need. What a load of bloody bollocks! We pulled ourselves together and he and his friends have done everything they can since then to rip us apart at the seams. A Gumby doll sitting behind the desk in the Oval office would have made a better president...

You and your readers might find this article very interesting. I know I did.

Al

Kevin Wolf

It's disheartening the number of articles I've seen pulling this lame comparison between Bush's performances on 9/11 (great!) and when Katrina hit (bad!). It's more of the ol' Conventional Wisdom that really needs to be dumped ASAP.

Anyone paying attention knows that Bush's "leadership" on 9/11 was non-existent. As we all wondered what had happened and what to do, Bush flew around in his plane wondering what had happened and what to do. If it weren't for the plane I don't own, I could have done the same damn thing.

Lance

AL, Kevin,

Bush's "performance" after 9/11 is the exact right word. This is a good example of is what Bob Somerby is talking about when he rails against the self-disappearing Media. They don't see themselves as having any part in the stories they write about. Bush the strong leader after 9/11 was a Media creation, a (possibly) necessary bit of wish fulfillment. We needed a great President, we didn't have one, so we made one up using parts from the guy we did have on hand.

The difference between then and now was that Bush got a chance to rehearse for the performance off-camera in the few days after 9/11 because Rudy Giuliani was on TV doing the job a real President should have been doing. This time the mayor of the stricken city didn't step up and Bush has been caught on camera learning his lines.

Shakespeare's Sister

Re: "performance" - hence my new moniker for for him: President Sideshow.

I spoke to a friend this week who is, by her own definition, apathetic toward politics, but she tends to follow the "big stories." She's solidly liberal, but doesn't know or care enough about politics to self-identify as one, and in the message vacuum the Dems have left, there's little encouragement for her to do so. (She wasn't sure who to vote for the last election; I had to beg her to vote for Kerry.) The point is, she's not one to be on the lookout for or especially sensitive to bias in the media, and yet she told me the other night, "I can't stand to read the papers anymore or watch the news because they have no idea what they're talking about. They are far too favorable toward the president even when he makes obvious mistakes, and they get things wrong all the time. On stories where there should be two sides, like political stuff, I can only find one side - the president's - and on stories where there shouldn't be two sides, like intelligent design in science classes, they insist on making both sides equal. It's so bad now, I can't stand to read the news."

All I can say is that I was floored to hear this particular person making that particular comment. It really means nothing less than the press having lost the entirety of their credibility with the average American.

harry near indy

lance, college students could also read literature to understand psychology -- three examples: shakespeare, dostoyevsky, conrad.

Lance

harry,

definitely, and that's a near perfect list. I would just add Dickens and Anthony Trollope.

catherine

Actually, journalism students were taught (back in my day) that they should only report, not make observations or editorialize in any way. I didn't even go to a fancy school. What are they teaching?

Agi T. Prop

Newsweek = Newspeak

I guess I'm pretty cynical towards the media in general. But that article was feel-good "Dear Leader" Bushie propaganda at its best.

daveminnj

when you have two people of good will, each will,
in the course of a disagreement, acknowledge the good will and fine qualities of the other. this is both to grease the wheels of negotiation and to help insure good relations at later times.
the bushies,however, are not people of good will. their good qualities are non-existent, and to pretend otherwise is self-delusion.
we are in the presence of mean-minded zealots-the public good is not served by the msm's attempts to mask this.

The Heretik

The list of great books of literature one could learn psychology from are as infinite as the human imagination. Shall we consider the long and the short of it? Ours is an age of short attention spans. So consider the short story. Some such pithy psychological masters would have to include Poe, de Maupassant, and Hawthorne. If you want a telling insight and commentary on the sheep that are the media, consider The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.

So many more masters and mistresses of the maze of the mind are out there in a book store if you are willing to look.

The current age places a false premium on knowledge based in "facts," whereas the true wisdom of understanding the mind has always been found in story and in its telling.

Greg

While the media have apparently turned from their fawning behavior to acting more as jackals, they have not really relinquished their previous subservience to anyone willing to talk to them, especially from within the halls of power, so it's turning out to be a big ask to expect anything consistently worthwhile to come out in any major media organ. Nevertheless, I think the paragraph you quoted represents a different failure - a failure of language skills, rather than in understanding. The third sentence should read "His doggedness is often admired," in which case it would say something true, if widely understood already. I blame the editor as much as the journalist.

Exiled in NJ

I have friends in the field of journalism who moved from a very liberal part of an Eastern city to DC and went to work there....the first or second year they sent me a Christmas card which showed them posing with Lynn & Dick Cheyney...on the back was written "Dick is not such a bad fella." Now I have not really seen that much change in their attitudes, but here is an almost perfect example of access. By the way, in the photo big Dick looks like an alligator, the one we wish would take his hand and his clock with it.

The Heretik

Access is the currency with which the more whorish media receive payment. The Bush Crawford "off the record" BBQ in Crawford is but the latest and worst example.

Lance

Greg,

You're right. If the sentence read "his doggedness is often admired" it would be inarguable. But Thomas is a good writer and he's an editor himself and I tend to believe that he wrote what he meant to write. He also wrote some articles during the Presidential campaign last year that made me think that Thomas himself admires Bush or things about him. Keep in mind, I admire Evan Thomas and highly recommend his bio of Bobby Kennedy.

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