Archive for the ‘punditocracy’ Category

Just a touch condescending, don’t ya think? Here’s a touch of the transcript of this CSPAN round table with Dick Gregory and Tony Snow:

I think politics and political coverage has become so polarized in this country…because it’s the internet and the blogs that have really used this White House press conferences to somehow support positions out in America, political views. And they will clip and digitize portions of these briefings to fit into their particular argument.

I sure hope Glenn Greenwald jumps on this one. They are completely unable to see the truth in front of their eyes. If they could stand up and call bullshit on this Whitehouse once in a while. If they could try to cover actual news instead of trivial tragicomedies like Anna Nicole and the crazy astronaut lady. If… who the hell am I kidding. That will never happen considering how the biz is run right now.

How DARE we take the opportunity the Internet affords us and CRITICIZE their failures and demand our own answers without funneling our message through their corrupt corporate for-profit media apparatus.

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Why is Debra Dickerson running around saying this crap?

“Now, I’m willing to adopt him,” Debra J. Dickerson continued [in a Salon essay]. “He married black. He acts black. But there’s a lot of distance between black Africans and African-Americans.”

and this shit:

“Black,” in our political and social reality, means those descended from West African slaves. Voluntary immigrants of African descent (even those descended from West Indian slaves) are just that, voluntary immigrants of African descent with markedly different outlooks on the role of race in their lives and in politics.

Who is this woman and why is she going out of her way to make the world believe he isn’t black? What’s the goddamned point of this? Obama is all about unity and bringing us together, but she wants to waste time on the Colbert Report trying to say he’s… what? I don’t get this shit, but it’s annoying the piss out of me. I’m starting to wonder who the fuck this woman is.

Sounds like she’s a crackpot pundit who needs to stop being taken seriously.

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This should come as no shock to anyone that over the course of this blog, due to the everyday bullshit of life in an imperfect world, I’m gonna get pissed off at a lot of people and from time to time I’ll say things that will rub some people the wrong way. Everyone does it now, everyone’s thoughts are on the record. I’m especially pissed of at the archaic media to be playing “gotcha” on bloggers who’ve had less than a civil tongue when writing about people who are far more shrill, bigoted and shocking in their personal statements. I guess stories like these serve as some sort of pathetic payback for all the times bloggers have called bullshit on the incorrect and worthless pundits who fill a large chunk of the space in these ever dustier rags.

For a much more eloquent smackdown/breakdown of the media imbalance being exhibited by the New York Times, check Glenn Greenwald as always.

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Glenn Greewald does it again with this piece on the widespread phenomena of neocon nepotism. Here’s the money quote:

It’s rather ironic (and almost certainly not coincidental) that neoconservatives love, more than anything else, to strut around spewing tough-guy Chruchill warrior rhetoric and to sermonize on the virtues of self-reliance — and are characterized in their political views by a total lack of empathy for the plight of others — even though they have chosen extremely coddled, privileged lives feeding off the accomplishments and directives of their mothers and fathers. And quite significantly, the political Leader they found to represent their belief system, to personify their contrived warrior pose, and to implement their radical agenda — George W. Bush — is the most extreme version of that coddled and father-dependent personality one can find.

This observation falls very much in line with my perception that the current crop of conservatives in power would be much better labeled as ‘authoritarians’ than anything else.

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