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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Digby: Democratic hack

Who can write well, admittedly. But what good is it if you squander the talent trying to prop up a fighter whose perpetual role is to take a fall?

And how do they, the fighter and the eager pundit, get themselves into such a position? By agreeing to play the rigged game in the first place.

Here's Digby:

Life is full of choices. The American people chose to go into Iraq and give huge tax breaks to millionaires through the year 2016 and are willing to pay the price for those priorities.

Aren't they?

Whoa there, hoss. If you're going to talk about the American people's vote, you need to acknowledge that it was taken away during the last two presidential elections. Anything else is pretending, and that's exactly how the country has come to its sorry state, and exactly what the neocons are so good at exploiting.

And, speaking of which, how can Digby write this without feeling silly:

As the media themselves have told us ad nauseum, everything is narrative. If that's so then this port deal is emblematic of the larger story of Bush's incompetence in waging the war on terrorism --- the lack of awareness, the wasted money, the wrong strategy, the failed execution --- all of it. iraq showed the world that our intelligence is terrible...

There's a reason I put the reminder up at the right hand corner: There is no war on terrorism. Bush's whole policy IS terrorism. It is the very definition:

The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments

It's not "the wrong strategy." It is the hidden strategy. But if you are a Democractic hack, you take John Kerry's lead and blather (albeit eloquently) about "incompetence" and "failed execution."

And if I may rant a little further, Iraq didn't show the world that our intelligence is terrible. Surely Digby knows this. He must be aware of the White House Iraq Group, whose purpose was to sell a threat that the White House knew was non-existent. And millions of ordinary people around the world, even in this most psychologically controlled of countries, were also aware of it, and said so with mass demonstrations.

So forgive me if I find little substance over at Hullabaloo. It's all nicely presented, but it's about as real and meaningful as a reality TV show. You might find yourself rooting for the "good guy," but even if he wins, it's gonna have zero effect on your life and you'll eventually wonder why you wasted all that time and emotional investment in the outcome.

It would be refreshing, would it not, if for once one of the participants on a reality TV show would ridicule the whole demeaning sham? It would startle a few more people awake, at least. Provide a little hope, a sign of life.

I don’t mean to be too hard on Digby, but he’s certainly the one to do it. His page even features the famous ranter from the movie Network, Howard Beale, the anchor who couldn’t take the bullshit anymore.

First step, Digby, is to kill your TV. There is no war on terrorism. You don't have to go to the window and yell it, but do try to remember it.

But if you must pander to an audience, there’s a piece of advice in the Network script:

I watched your 6 o'clock news today; it's straight tabloid. You had a minute and a half of that lady riding a bike naked in Central Park; on the other hand, you had less than a minute of hard national and international news. It was all sex, scandal, brutal crime, sports, children with incurable diseases, and lost puppies. So, I don't think I'll listen to any protestations of high standards of journalism [or another “stupid MSM” post] when you're right down on the streets soliciting audiences like the rest of us. Look, all I'm saying is if you're going to hustle, at least do it right.

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