Tuesday, June 05, 2012

There Is a Club, Ep. # 56,772


You remember Jeffrey Goldberg, right?


Neocon war pimp?

Ring any bells?

First consider this short, ugly recap of the history of Jeffrey Goldberg (from Glenn Greenwald/Salon in 2010):

The Jeffrey Goldberg Media 

Numerous commentators immediately noted the supreme and obvious irony that Goldberg, of all people, would anoint himself condescending arbiter of journalistic standards, given that, as one of the leading media cheerleaders for the attack on Iraq, he compiled a record of humiliating falsehood-dissemination in the run-up to the war that rivaled Judy Miller’s both in terms of recklessness and destructive impact.

So...whatever else Mr. Goldberg might be, he is also a smearmonger and war pimp. 

Got it?

So imagine my complete lack of surprise when, during the course of my research on David Brooks' latest embarrassment to the journalistic profession (Topic: Wisconsin.  Mr. Brooks' conclusion: "A vote to keep Walker won’t be an antiunion vote." and a recall of Scott Walker "...will remove any hope this country might have of avoiding a fiscal catastrophe.".   No kidding. He really says that.) --   I open my "New York" magazine today to find this waiting for me (emphasis added):

 “I’m just writing stuff down that I think and report” is how [Jeffrey Goldeberg] describes himself to me when we meet one recent afternoon at an outdoor plaza near the Watergate, where The Atlantic has its offices. Goldberg is, in fact, as much of an operator as Beinart may hope to be (Goldberg’s Torah study group in Washington includes David Brooks, David ­Gregory, and former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk).

When you wonder for the 1,000th time why these awful, awful asshole occupy positions of such outsized and destructive influence in our media, remember always that there is a Club.

And that you are not in it.


Capt. Bat Guano said...

It must be nice to live in a village where lies are considered differences of opinion.

Hal Rager said...

I wonder, often, why I don't have multiple aneurysms when I encounter Brooks or Goldberg.

Major Mel Funkshun said...

"I don't care to belong to any club that will have me as a member". Grouch Marx

Batocchio said...

Maybe it's really a Tora! Tora! Tora! group, which would explain so much, really.

Anonymous said...

as much asi really enjoy your blogs and podcast,{I look forward to listining to you and bluegal every friday,i dont get your obsession with David Brooks.I have listened To all of your podcast and i love the similarties we have in how bat shit crazy the republicans have gotten.But in my humble opinion,the much bigger problem in this country is rush limbaugh,hannity,rupert murdock,Roger Ales,and FOX SO CALLED NEWS.David Brooks is Just a Hack.Where i Live I see people who get their news and info from those sources only.and they are the ones who are not only voting against there own best interest,but they are the major bloc of gun owners.{gabby giffords}.I agree with most every point you made,but as a black male who has been a political junky since i first voted for carter.i just wanted to let you know what i thought about David brooks.i will be sending you a donation very soon,because without you two i would go crazy; Ron from pennsylvania

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