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Preach it, brother! I think your diagnosis is 100% correct.

Adorable Girlfriend

Dude, without the republican'ts, I'd have nothing to laugh out loud about. I read the Tuscaloosa News not for the articles, but the magical thinking and laughter that follows upon review of it.


In the end, it's because the right is backed by the rich elites. Offend them, and one's meal ticket might go away. Offend liberals, and eh, no biggie.


"And they usually vote for Democrats."

Except for the ones that declare proudly that they don't vote at all in order to prove their "objectivity."

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Your post expresses how I feel about the media village. It's downright depressing. I refused to watch the nightly news coverage of the screamers at the town hall meetings anymore because of my anger at the injustice of it all. For my sanity I watch the Bill Moyers and NOW programs on PBS. I am serious, will these media villagers ever want access to the current corridors of power; not access to the lies?


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I ponder this one quite a bit, Lance. I don't know. I think there are different and overlapping causes, and that your take might be true for some of them. Josh Marshall thinks they're wired for Republican rule. I think many of them are more conservative than they realize, and define "liberal" by the confines of their youth and have never updated it. They might have supported civil rights in the 60s, but many were Reagan Democrats. Many of them feel the need to go hippie-punching, like Joe Klein. I think in some cases, it's less that they think they're liberals - they're sell-outs, and don't want to be reminded of it. Because they're cynical, they assume everyone else is insincere. (Remember those pieces about McCain and why they loved him?) Whatever else one thinks of John Edwards, the Beltway media mostly hated him, and hate most talk about poverty, which they assume must be fake. FDR was derided in his day as a "traitor to his class," and it's a funny Village attitude that one shouldn't trust the rich guy working to help the poor, but instead the rich bastard voting to make himself even richer. It doesn't help that most media types - certainly on TV - are quite wealthy. And you're right, they're definitely establishmentarians - and suck-ups.

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