DEEMING DISAPPEARED! Remember deeming? In todays Times, the process has been disappeared: // link // print // previous // next //
THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010
Aint idiocracy grand: Gail Collins, the New York Times simpering ninny, had been off since February 20, by the papers admission. Today, she returns to her perch at the Times with this column.
After a month, with the whole wide world to discuss, what was on Collins mind? Of course! Aint idiocracy grand? This is the start of her column:
Good God, Collins is awful. She could have written about any topic, including topics which actually matter. Go aheadread what she wrote. (She also discusses Rielle Hunter today, although she skips Tiger Woods.)
Well have to admit it: In all the nonsense which defines the upper-class journalistic idiocracy, we have come to be puzzled by Collins inanity ahead of all others. In fairness, weve recently had the burden of rereading Collins simpering, destructive work from 1999. George Bush rode her clowning work to the White House. From there, it was on to Iraq!
But then, the idiocracy is all around. At a different point on its spectrum, we caught a few minutes of Glenn Beck last night, during his 2 AM re-broadcast. We swear: At the very moment we clicked over, Beck was offering this:
Sometimes, you just have to laugh as this porcine, sweaty fellow rants about all the Communists (see below). In this case, we have no idea if the top five hospitals here in America conduct more clinical tests than all of the hospitals, every last one of them, in the entire country of...Sweden. But why did we chuckle at that clap of thunder? Two reasons. This is the first:
Heres the second reason we laughed: By endless accounts, something like 30 percent of all medical procedures in this country are unnecessary. By endless accounts, our large number of procedures represents one of the problems with our broken health system. In other moods, people like Beck blame this on the lack of tort reform and the concomitant need for defensive medicine; presumably, that is partially right. Last night, Beck simply counted up all the tests, then proclaimed our unparalleled greatness. Again: We have no idea if his factual claim is correct. But given the factoid we have produced, we just had to laugh when he dragged in Sweden.
Minutes later, Beck was naming the Communists surrounding Obama:
Cable ratings arent in for last nights show, which occurred on St. Patricks Day. (Numbers could be affected.) But last Wednesday, just over 3 million people watched Beck thunder at 5 PM. In that same time slot, only 493,000 people were playing Hardball. (Click here.)
One final complaint as we call the idiocracys roll:
No one else is in Becks class. But at 2 AM, we flipped back and forth between the Beck and Maddow shows. No one else is near Becks class. But increasingly, as we watch Maddow opposite Beck, were not entirely sure we see a clear difference in kind. In fairness, Maddow clatters and clowns on our behalf, hoping to send pleasing thrills up our legs. And she says some things which are actually accurate. (As far as we know, she made perfect sense about Virginias attorney general last night.) But on balance, as we watch, she seems to becomes a bigger hack right before our eyes. Aint idiocracy grand?
The idiocracy has a vast sweep. We liberals have always yelled about Fox. But even when it was run by Jack Welch, we never seemed able to grasp the problem with Foxs competitor, MSNBC. Each of these highly corporate channels have spread idiocracy hard.
No one comes close to Beck. But we also groaned at Maddow last night. And Maddow spreads the dumb on our side.
More Beck on Obama: As the evening progressed, Beck grew pensive about Obamas background. The doctor was very much IN:
This level of lunacy was admitted into mainstream journalistic culture with the claim that the Clintons were serial murderers. In 1998, Hardball and Hannity gave the crackpot Gennifer Flowers ginormous time spots to advance these soul-destroying claims. (Hardball gave her thirty minutes. She was so loony on that show, Hannity rewarded her with a full hour.) Flowers went on and on about all the murders committed by the president and the first lady.
At all our big major serious newspapers, not a single journalist rose off his fat ass to complain. Two months later, Collins mocked and complained when Candidate Gore asked a young mother two questions about her sick child.
The upper-class idiocracy is vast. It was firmly in place by that time.
DEEMING DISAPPEARED (permalink): Wow.
Yesterday, congressional Democrats had a problem. They were planning to pass health reform in the House through a little-known procedure called deeming, or deem-and-pass.
Republicans were squawking hard. Various people were having problems explaining how the procedure would workor if it was constitutional.
This situation was described in yesterdays New York Times (see below). But this morning, in that same New York Times, deeming seems to have been disappeared! In David Herszenhorns front-page news report, Republicans continue to squawk about what the Democrats may do in the House. But Herszenhorn has rewritten his text from yesterdays Timesand their squawking no longer makes any sense.
But then, neither does Herszenhorns news report. See if you understand what follows. It seems to us that, on the front page of the Times, deeming has been disappeared:
Were baffled by that account.
According to Herszenhorn (and co-writer Robert Pear), Democrats have devised a two-step plan for the House to follow. What are those two steps? In the first step, the House would approve the health care bill passed by the Senate in December. In the second step, the House would then make changes in a separate bill using a procedure known as budget reconciliation.
We are then told that Republicans like David Dreier have accused Democrats of ducking a straight-up vote on the Senate bill. In fact, every Republican, including the partys highest-ranking leaders, have been making that same accusation. And by the way: Why would Republicans make such a claim, if the Democrats are going to use a two-step plan which starts with the House approv[ing] the health care bill passed by the Senate in December?
Under that scenario, why would Dreier accuse Democrats of ducking a straight-up vote on the Senate bill? This accusation would make no earthly sense. But so what? Herszenhorn agrees not to notice this fact. For that reason, his report seems to make no sense too.
Remarkably, this is todays lead story on the front page of the New York Times, our most famous newspaper. But does this account make a lick of sense? Does it even seem to describe the state of affairs being described everywhere else? To our ear, deeming has simply been disappeared on the front page of this mornings Times. Indeed: According to Nexis, no variant of the word deem appears in any health reform story in todays Times. The word is gone from these texts.
It seems that deeming has been disappeared! If you believe what you read in this mornings Times, the Dems have devised a two-step plan! In the first step, the House would approve the health care bill passed by the Senate in December. But how weird! That isnt what Herszenhorn seemed to tell readers in yesterdays New York Times. In yesterdays Times, a vastly different world existed. In yesterdays paper, this is what this very same Herszenhorn wrote. We start from the top, with his hard-copy headline:
Yesterday, the idea [was] to package the changes and the underlying bill together in a way that amounts to an amended bill in a single vote. Today, though, in the place of that single vote, we are told that the Democrats have a two-step planthrough Republican complaints stay the same.
Has something changed in the Democrats planning? In todays report, Herszenhorn makes no such claimand Dreier is offering the same complaint Republicans were offering yesterday. All that seems to have changed is Herszenhorns account of the Democrats plans. Yesterday, the Democrats were planning a procedural shortcut in which they would package the changes and the underlying bill together in a way that amounts to an amended bill in a single vote. Today, talk of that single vote is gone. Today, the Dems have a two-step plan, although Republicans like Dreier still seem to be weirdly protesting that single vote.
For the record, this is the way the Washington Post describes the situation today. To her credit, Lori Montgomery hasnt changed her account of this widely-debated matter. To her credit, she talks about John Boehner, the Republican leader, without pretending its no-names like Dreier who are offering the complaints. That said, can you spot an unexplained problem in Montgomerys account?
In the Post, Democrats still have plans to use a parliamentary maneuver known as deeming to pass the Senate bill without explicitly voting on it. In the Times, this has been disappeared.
Why has deeming been disappeared in the Times? Conservatives will say that the paper is trying to help the Democratic leadership, disappearing a giant dispute about that deem-and-pass procedure. Its also possible to imagine that this is just a clumsy attempt to avoid process reporting. At certain points in the pastwe think of the 1995 government shutdownweve been amazed by the extent to which big papers will go to avoid discussing process.
But Herszenhorn makes no sense today; Times readers are left in the dark. And this is the Times, our leading newspaper. As a matter of fact, its the leading story on the Times front page.
Do you understand the difference between Herszenhorns dueling accounts? Do you understand the difference between the dueling accounts in todys Washington Post and New York Times?
Here at THE HOWLER, we dont understand. And these are our leading newspapers.
You live inside a very low-IQ journalistic culture. If engineers conducted their business this way, all our systems would constantly fail.
About that unexplained problem: Say what? According to Montgomery, who wrote the same thing yesterday: The Senate bill, if approved [by the House], would go to the White House for Obamas signature, while the package of revisions would be sent to the Senate under special rules that protect it from a Republican filibuster. This means that the original Senate billincluding such notorious provisions as the Cornhusker kickbackwould in fact be signed into law by Obama! Question: What happens if Senate Democrats then somehow refuse or fail to pass that package of revisions?
We always thought this was the possibility House Democrats were looking for ways to avoid. If Montgomery is right, the possibility still exists. But most news orgs dont even describe this situationand Montgomery doesnt explain why House Dems have decided that this isnt a problem after all.
Is Montgomerys account correct? We have no idea.
Good grief! What happens if Obama signs the original Senate bill into law, and then the package of revisions fails in the Senate? If Montgomerys account is accurate, this remains as a possibility. But Montgomery doesnt explain why House leaders dont seem to care.
In the New York Times, this apparent situation hasnt even been mentioned. Aint idiocracy grand?