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FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010
The news is a novel/The Kiss was just a kiss: On Tuesdays Hardball, a marvelous moment occurred, involving a treasured press corps novel. The most dishonest broadcaster of our age was happily stroking his substitute clenis as he played the videotape of a famously novelized Kiss.
As a thrill ran up his leg, he made an inaccurate statementa statement he most likely believed. His statement involved the iconic moment, ten years ago, when Al Gore kissed his wife, Tipper Gore, at the Democratic Convention. This records what silly-boy said, hosting Tuesdays Hardball:
Speaking of scripted moments, Romano and Harris each explained that The Kiss was very scripted, a message. (Or so they believe.) Matthews called it the iconic event of Campaign 2000a campaign which sent George Bush to the White House, the U.S. into Iraq.
But the glorious moment came when Matthews explained the short duration of this iconic event. It did go on much longer than were showing here, he said, as the tape quickly ended.
Except it didnt go on much longer; it didnt go on any longer at all. In fact, Matthews was watching the full duration of The Kissthough well guess he truly thought that The Kiss must have lasted much longer.
(Sorry. Hardball had the good sense to withhold the tape of this segment.)
You see, The Kiss is the iconic event in one of this brain-dead groups favorite novels. For ten years, Matthews has worried about The Kiss in his tiny brainand in that tiny fevered brain, The Kiss just grew longer and longer. Since he and his fraternal order had done so much to pimp this event, well guess he had truly come to believe that The Kiss had just been very long.
In that claim by this true cable nut, you see the fruit of a cultural breakdown: Within the world of this broken-brained press corps, the news is now a novel.
How childish, how inane, are these broken-souled ninnies? On Tuesday afternoon, three different pundits at the Washington Post rushed to comment on the Gores separation. All three pundits cited The Kiss in their first or second paragraphs! You see, within the tiny brains of this club, The Kiss is all they can really remember! When it comes to Gore, their clan has created a brainless Group Novela novel they just keep reciting. The small brainless novel these ninnies repeat contains these basic elements:
You too can be a national pundit! Just rework those four basic themes!
In some ways, their novels are coloring books. On the CBS Evening News, Katie Couric threw to Sharyl Attkisson, who seems to be roughly three years old. Note where Attkisson instantly ran:
Truly, these folk are amazing. Attkisson couldnt repeat the claim quickly enoughthe silly claim which has anchored the press corps novel since 1997: Al Gore said he inspired Love Story! Its a silly piece of novelized nonsense, but its a treasured part of the press corps novel. From there, Attkissons editors powered ahead to the weeks most hackneyed thought:
Being a pundit means always knowing that you have to repeat preferred points. Or you wont get on the air.
Back to Matthews. The Kiss was so easy to discuss that the pundit corps greedily seized on it. Instantly, it became part of their standardized novelone of the tiny handful of moments they were prepared to discuss. Over the course of the past ten years, Matthewsa flaming cable nutpondered The Kiss in his small tiny mind.
The Kiss just got longer and longer.
It did go on much longer than were showing here. Well guess that he thought this was true.
PART 3BLASTS FROM THE PAST (permalink): Some things simply never change within the upper-end press corps. Example: Last weekend, a vintage loathing went on display in a New York Times editorial.
As they started, the editors rolled their eyes at the fuss about the Sestak matter. On the merits, there didnt seem to be a whole lot wrong with the Sestak fandango, they said. In this, they politely assumed that the White House account of this matter is factually accurate, despite some contrary evidence they themselves presented.
But as they continued, the editors criticized the unintelligent way the White House has handled the Sestak matter. And sure enough! In accordance with Hard Pundit Law, a vintage loathing went on display. These were the first four paragraphs of the editorial:
Hiss! Hiss-spit! Hiss-spit! Meeee-ow! Acting out a vintage loathing which has driven much of the past two decades politics, the green-eyed editors couldnt resistthey took a weird shot at Bill Clinton.
William Jefferson Clinton does nothing quietly? In the context of the Sestak matter, what could that possibly mean? Weve never seen anyone suggest that Clinton was the source of the rumor that Sestak had received a job offer. In mid-February, this rumor led a newsman to ask Sestak if he had been offered a job.
Yes, the candidate said.
The editors presented exactly no evidence suggesting that Clinton had shot off his mouth. But then, these exalted editors rarely work on such fuel. Expressing the vintage loathing which drove the wars against Clinton and Gore, the editors took their latest strange shot at Vile Billeven as they assumed the truth of a slightly shaky story the Obama Admin has told.
In that contrast, you see the mainstream press history of the past eighteen years. Starting with the invention of the Whitewater pseudo-scandal, well-trained minds at the New York Times conducted long wars against Clinton, then Gore, eventually sending George Bush to the White House. The pattern of anger at Big Major Dems was broken only when Obama arrived on the scene. Only the Obama Differenceand the Bush disastersshook these great journalists out of their patterns. Starting in 2007, Obama became the first major Democratic candidate in some time to gain the favor of leading press organsin part, of course, because these organs were still hunting Hillary Clinton.
In the passage weve posted above, you can see the editors dueling standardsthe standards which have shaped modern politics. This is the way these lordly figures reason inside the walls of Versailles. Our question: Will the reasonably friendly treatment of the current president carry on into the future? Or will older patterns return?
At the Times, one ancient pattern has reappeared in recent weeks. The paper went on a familiar jihad, branding Richard Blumenthal a liar because he had misstated, on a (very) few occasions, about his military record. (Blumenthal, a Democrat, is running for the senate.) This general theme has prevailed for the past twenty years, aimed at a string of major Democrats. Clinton, Clinton, Gore and Kerry were all decreed to be big liars or feckless flip-floppers by the great minds at our greatest press organs; only straight-talking, plain-spoken Republicans (McCain, then Bush) could be trusted during these years. This ancient pattern seemed to return last week when it turned out that Mark Kirk, a Republican candidate for the senate, had misstated his own military record, apparently more often than Blumenthal had. Kirk too had misstated, but so what? Things grew silent at the New York Times when it came to Kirks misstatements.
If Obamas fortunes slide, will ancestral press patterns return? A handful of liberals have worried about such possibilities in the past week. Tomasky and Conason warned the world: We will return to the politics of congressional pseudo-investigation if the GOP regains the House. Might we add the obvious point? Organs like the Post and the Times went along with these pseudo-investigations during the Clinton-Gore era. Meanwhile, all the analysts stood and cheered when Digby offered an historical perspective in several recent posts. Below, we offer you two excerpts. We suggest the read the full posts:
In those posts, Digby does what is simply never done. She relates the press corps current conduct to conduct of the Clinton-Gore years. (This reminds me of the Gore coverage? Liberals simply never say that. For that reason, few voters would have the slightest idea what she meant.) No intelligent political movement would ever ignore, let alone bury, its own recent historyespecially when that recent history is as remarkable, and as destructive, as this history was. But the liberal world persistently does so, as its leaders pursue career advantage inside and through the big mainstream organs which created the recent disasters to which Digby refers.
Indeed, the liberal world is increasingly adopting the core values of the mainstream press corps. We run on silly sexy-time tales, and on invented lies by opponents. This is low-IQ tabloid work, pure and simpleand its a culture which will never serve progressive interests. By the way: This is the culture of the mainstream pressthe punishing culture with which the mainstream chased down, first Clinton, then Gore.
Will progressive interests ever prosper within such a brain-dead culture? We strongly doubt it, but if its sexy-time sex you enjoy, we suggest you go to TPM. You can read all about Nikki Haley!
Did Nikki Haley really have sex? We think its foolish for liberals to wonder. This brain-dead sexy-time culture will always work against liberal interestsexcept for the way it may help inflate some liberals bottom lines.
We were pleased to see Conason, Tomasky and Digby reminding the world about recent patterns. Other adopt this groaning press culture. Jesus! Aint bad judgment grand!