WHAT GOVERNOR PALIN WANTS! Countdown keeps getting dumber and dumber, right before our eyes: // link // print // previous // next //
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2009
Watching us become like them: Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial about the proposed Employee Free Choice Act, the so-called card check legislation. Labor wants itmanagement doesnt. Heres part of what the Journal said:
The bill doesn't remove the secret-ballot option from the National Labor Relations Act but in practice makes it a dead letter (our emphasis). That statement, of course, is barely distinguishable from saying that the bill in question would remove the secret-ballot option.
Question: How can a pseudo-progressive deal with this sort of problem? Of course! With a bit of creative editing! Heres the way a pseudo-progressive might want to edit that quote:
If you quote the editorial that way, you get to pretend the Journal agrees with you, although it basically doesnt.
This isnt about your view of the bill. Its a question of your respect for your readersof your respect for the truth.
The use of the bogus quotation has long been a staple of pseudo-con wars. As it turns out, pseudo-progressives like playing you too. We first saw this clipped pseudo-quote at Steve Benens site, though he linked to ThinkProgress (click here). Last night, the edited quote made its way to the Maddow Show.
Translation: Hey, you dumb f*cking rubes!
This isnt about your view of the bill; this is about your view of the truth. For amusement purposes only: Read the comments to Benens post. Repeatedly, outraged liberals complain that conservatives simply wont tell them the truth.
Governor Palin only wants 69: Percent of her stimulus package! Thats how Olbermann teased a segment at the start of last nights show. And wed swear he took a big pregnant pause after that famous number, which has always been very funny to the children whose eyeballs he covets:
Wed swear the galoot took a big pause after saying that funny number. Indeed, he seemed to have a thing for those digits. Later, he teased them again:
Odd! As happenstance has it, neither of these Olbermann Moments appears in the taped segments available on-line. Wed swear we heard the big galoot take that naughty, pregnant pausethough wed be happy to be shown different. But if you think he wouldnt have done that, you simply dont understand the depth of this guys gender-nut.
Governor Palin only wants 69! Did the big gender-nut really say it? Having gotten that impression, a question popped into our heads: Is there a single progressive in the whole USA? Is there a single progressive woman within sound of Olbermanns voice?
Larger point: The sheer stupidity of last nights Countdown may have broken all previous records. By the time we reached the third story (of five), wed been reduced to a long discussion of the various dirty words Republicans said this week. (Olbermanns framework: In a week that brought us a president on late-night TV, we also got a series of Republicans whose language and imagery seemed better suited for R-rated TV.) Heres a clip from the thoughtful discussion of this extremely seminal topic. Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, had been dragged in to serve as the guest:
Joe the Plumber is very dumbbut how about Keith the Host? Before long, the boys were having some good solid fun, discussing whether youre allowed to say sphincter, sucking, tit and teat on national television. Your progressive intelligensia was hard at work last night:
This was the third news story (of five) explored on last nights program. And uh-oh! When the boys ran out of naughty Republican words, they launched an amazingly pointless discussion of MacFarlanes career. Very soon, we returned to The Naughty:
For average people, its inspiring to see the creative process at work.
(In a study of genius, researchers once asked Thomas Edison where he got the idea for his biggest imvention. I cant explain it, the inventor replied. It was just like a light bulb went off in my head.)
We think we heard Olbermann take that pause, although were willing to be shown different. (Only a fool would think he wouldnt.) But over the past twenty years, the defining characteristic of our political discourse has been its sheer, unrelenting stupidity. Stupidity has served our nation quite poorly. But Countdown gets dumber and dumber and dumber. It now seems to get dumber each night.
Modern societies cant run on dumb, as the past twenty years have shown. But millionaire hacks can use The Dumb to amass their big stupid ratings. Meanwhile, must we state the deeply unfortunate? Advertisers love the type of viewer who finds himself drawn to The Dumb.