Thursday, December 13, 2012

Fundraiser Day 3.5: There Is No Shark



The water is not poison.


And both sides are always equally wrong.
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(h/t digby)

When the livelihoods of people who work in a company town come to depend on the maintenance of a terrible lie, the boldest frauds become your biggest saints
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and even the littlest truths become potential enemy incursions against which you must remain constantly on guard.

Which is why, even though artifacts like the Mann & Ornstein critique remain virtually unknown or unacknowledged or simply denied by the wider world, we on the Left pass them around like Zappa bootlegs.  We are the ones who refuse to forget what was actually said and done during the Age of Clinton.  Who refused to forget Valerie Plame.  Who refuse to forget a report named Jeff Gannon, who was not a reporter and was not named Jeff Gannon.  Who refuse to forget Lee Atwater.  Who refuse to forget how we were mocked and derided for suggesting that criminal wars and reckless tax cuts would lead to crippling deficits.  We refuse to forget these historical facts and hundreds of other because, even though it isn't much, like the Irish monks who painstakingly copied and maintained the documentary record of Western Civilization during its dark age, we will not let the truth gutter out and die without a fight.

Because as the weight of reality bears down harder and harder -- as that economically indispensable lie becomes more load-bearing and -- eventually either the lie collapses, or this guy

becomes your God.



10 comments:

blackdaug said...

I have tried to come up with a metaphor for the soul crushing irony involved with having Chuck Todd doing this interview on this topic....or him implying that those on the left pointing out his hackery is a campaign to "de-legitimize the media".
Can't do it.
He and Gregory or the literal personification of the point.
"Breathing your own fart journalism" at it's highest level...
At this stage,they would turn blue and pass out at the mere whiff of oxygen...




Bukko Canukko said...

"Breathing-your-own-fart journalism" -- brilliant! Is that your phrase, Blackdaug, or was it our host's? Sounds like something he'd say. I read DG for the invective as much as anything else. Not as voluminous as the Rude Pundit's, but somehow more pointed for its flintiness...

blackdaug said...

It just came to me while looking at the at the self satisfied smirk on Chuck Todd's pathetic goteed mug; as he squirmed through that interview trying to justify his own behavior. "Democrats did the same thing during the debt ceiling crisis!"
-snorted Chuck Todd
When you live in the beltway bubble, you survive by breathing your own farts and those of your worthless coworkers...
He has been doing it for so long, truth smells funny...

Jack said...

Glad you decided to hold a second Fundraiser Day Three. I missed yesterday's!

;-)

driftglass said...

From the sadly long-defunct "DC Media Girl" comment section in 2005 :-)

http://dcmediagirl.com/index.php?entry=entry20050621-195004&comments=y&id=671#comment-26

blackdaug said...

yeah...thats where I got it..

Bisham said...

"Breathing your own fart journalism"

instead of " " please cite your source(s).

I'm still chuckling over "William B. Fuckley".

mary said...

Speaking truth to power is a act of courage and dignity. It just doesn't pay well. Thanks for all you do and write.

jim said...

Beltway Insiders are different from you & me ... we still have consciences.

Bukko Canukko said...

That's a phenomenal memory -- all the way back to a comment from June 2005? Do you remember every word you ever wrote? I rattle off so much bollocks I never could, not that it's very substantial in the first place.