Thursday, October 10, 2013
Carl Bernstein Keeps His Options Open
Before we build any statues or name any grand public squares after Carl Bernstein, take a moment to really listen to what he is really doing here.
Because to my tired ears this sounds a whole lot less like Mario Savio and whole lot more like Beltway Damage Control.
Sure Carl bravely took a few, free shots at the biggest, fattest, batshit-leakingest pinata in the media today -- namely the lunacy of this guy
being allowed to single-handedly shut down the United States government and credibly threaten to trigger a global "Dump The Dollar!" economic pandemic and the corollary lunacy of the media trying to hang the blame for it all around the necks of "Both Sides".
But the astute listener will also note that Carl makes it abundantly clear that while he believes the charge of Media False Equivalency is correct, it is correct this one-time-only. It is a remarkably stupid point he drives home repeatedly and emphatically in an almost almost Friedmanesque manner -- as if his invitation to the homes of Very Important People was riding on him making Very Clear that for pretty much every other issue on pretty much any other day of the week, the Dirty Hippies really are just as bad and just as much to blame as the Wingnuts.
What with their Cable Teevees and their ideological inflexibility and their Loud Rock and Roll Music and such!