When is a first strike not a first strike?
When it's Anticipatory Retaliation.

September 22, 2004

Aren't I Humble?

Bravo Romeo Delta

And even precient sometimes...

Which is pretty difficult, considering the amount of time that I'm dedicating to being just plain ol' full of it.

But, after a hard day of keyboard-pecking, on my way to a hard night of beer-lifting, I thought I might try to swing a bit of triumphalism and go feed my own dangerously bloated ego.

ITEM 1 (Moneyquote):

"[Mapes] definitely was someone who was motivated by what she cared about and definitely went into journalism to make a difference," Carlson said. "She's not the sort of person who went into journalism to report the news and offer an array of commentary."

From this article. (Courtesy Bill of INDC)

ITEM 2 Compare and contrast with this lovely post:

If you’re some bright young thing, particularly one who saw the near-revolutionary efforts of Woodward and Bernstein as archetypical examples of exposing the mendaciousness of big business and their proxies in the Republican Party to the witless and feckless masses, how could you not be attracted to the pursuit of journalism? Conversely, if you were more or less of the opinion that people can figure things out by their own damn selves, why chose a low-paying stressful career regurgitating information that the public will sort through with horse sense anyway?

So, it isn’t surprising that the media has become populated by folks who are looking out for the best interests of the ignorant and ill-informed public. Moreover, as someone who peddles in current affairs and the truth day in day out (and not to mention, someone who isn’t deluded by the ‘false consciousness’ created by big corporations and others bent on keeping the people down and making the rich richer) you would have a pretty accurate view of things, wouldn’t you?

Especially when growing under the wing of Dan Rather.

ITEM 3 You'll also note that she is in prime baby boomer territory. I'm not saying that means anything. I'm just saying...

Personal or small group interests must work within the democratic process for the democratic process to have any value. Short-circuiting this by trying to bypass or short-circuit things runs against the grain of the social contract that makes things work. There has been an attempt to cover over this with the repeated assertions that “dissent is patriotic.” Dissent may be patriotic, but sedition isn’t. And the folks who are trying to, on the one hand, convince themselves of their identities as Americans, and on the other hand, employ very aggressive means of obstructing and hampering the prosecution of their country’s existential struggles aren’t necessarily engaged in dissent for reasons of patriotism.

I just love it when an asshat makes my posts come together like this.

Launched by Bravo Romeo Delta at September 22, 2004 02:07 AM
» mypetjawa v. 2.0 (beta) Retaliates with: Rather Boring

Retaliatiory Launches

Nicely summed up. There were a few things I wanted to say but your own words in subsequent posts said it all. So no need for redundancy.

Which leaves me wondering, what would Marshall McLuhan have to say about this debacle.

My thoughts after the tepid apology:

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -Aldous Huxley

Posted by: Michele at September 22, 2004 03:32 AM

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