Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Zippedy Doo Dah, Zippedy Ay, My Oh My, What A Wonderful Day

This is the kind of thing that would normally send me into a rage. Not today.

See, the surest evidence that we do not have a free press is that they don't act like it in any way. This morning's primary exhibit: an opinion piece in the Washington Post by that well-known nonpartisan sage, Liz "Fifth Deferment" Cheney.

I won't bother quoting any of it here because it is, literally, a rehash of many of the same arguments used to keep the US in Vietnam about forty years ago. It is NeoCon Worldview 101. It is complete and utter bullshit. And it is intended to, among other things, slander anyone (and especially Hillary Clinton and Chuck Hagel) who doesn't think this is just the gosh-darnedest best ol' war.


There is one glorious, blazing bright spot. One that redeems the whole thing, and actually makes it one of the nicer pick-me-ups a day could have.

The comments on the piece.

Over two dozen pages, at the time of this post, pretty much unanimously slamming Liz Cheney, her family, her bosses, her words, her take on Iraq, her take on history, her rank cowardice. Hundreds and hundreds of Americans who are offended and angry at the WaPo for even publishing her. Who note that the WaPo identifies her as "former principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs", leaving out that "daughter of the Vice President of the United States" part. Who correct her many misstatements and lies. Who ask why the hell she hasn't signed up if it's so important. Who rage at her and revile her and snarl at her and laugh at her.

Bush, Cheney, and their poisonous, murderous crime family have lost everybody, except for the True Believers. And they're running out of those, too.

It's up to 117 pages now.
Hey, it's an opinion piece. She's got her opinion. That's one. There are 117 pages of people with differing opinions. That's a whole lot MORE than one. Wouldn't it be boring if we ALL had the same opinion, like all being CORRECT for a change?
I hope you don't mind an off-topic comment, but I think this is important: There is a great post on The Carpetbagger Report from a few days ago about the mainstream media's (specifically Time magazine's) ignoring the prosecutor purge scandal.

What explains the failure of the mainstream media to cover the purge scandal for so long, and so many other scandals? Do you think somebody just set up newspaper editors to cheat on their wives, and threatened to tell if the editors wouldn’t play ball when they come back some day and ask for something?

It wouldn’t be that hard to do, when you think about it. People wouldn’t talk about it.
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