July 15th, 2008


Obama NYer Drama

One reason I'm glad I left the news business is instead of reporting the news, the media spends a huge chunk of time reporting on the media. The current idiotic, totally media-manufactured flap about the front page of the New Yorker is this kind of crap at its worst.

The purpose of the cover cartoon is clear to anyone whose IQ is greater than his shoe size: It takes all the unfounded rumors about the Obamas and puts them in one concise image. The first thing I thought when I saw the cover was "what a poorly drawn cartoon!" From the point of view of art, it sucks. But from the point of view of commentary, it's not bad. It says "people are idiots to believe everything they hear"

Wolf Blitzer, who knows better but is paid megabucks to ignore that fact, wasted something like half an hour on his Situation Report, trying to browbeat the New Yorker editor. It didn't work.  The editor reminded Wolf that context is important.

It's satire. What the pundits missed is the satire is aimed at them.

I'm not going to waste an more time on this non-issue.
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Snow Fall

Former Fox "news" pretty face turned  Bush press secretary Tony Snow passed away. Future generations may see him as a talented fantasy writer whose created a world where the evil despot was really a kind-hearted, well-meaning patriotic hero. He believed this fantasy, and wanted everyone else to believe it too.

The role of press secretary is too often given to a member of the press. It should not be - the very act of offering a reporter the job is a form of corruption, and accepting the job is selling out. It's a role for a politician, not for someone with integrity.

But still, I am truly saddened he died so young, eaten away by colon cancer. nobody deserves that. He was almost 5 years younger than me.

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