Recently the corporate media have been frothing about us fascist liberal bloggers:
On Thursday, the Washington Post’s David Broder rejected “liberal bloggers,” claiming that “the blogs I have scanned are heavier on vituperation of President Bush and other targets than on creative thought.” Today, the New York Times’ David Brooks, while specifically lashing out at Kos, characterized liberal bloggers as “small-minded,” and described sites as “squadrons of rabid lambs [who] unleash their venom on those who stand in the way.”
Why haven’t I been named? I abolished Godwin’s Law over a year ago. (Bush is a fascist, that’s why). I routinely tell trolls to fuck off and die. Wherever I have found them, I have forthrightly opposed proposals for comity, civility and normal human decency. If anyone’s a rabid attack lamb, I am.
But did Brooks name me? Did Broder? Did Zengerle?
No, no, and no.
Instead they went on about some wimpy nice-guys who never even link to me. What’s a guy have to do to catch a break around here?
One more thing Bush will be remembered for: getting rid of pensions.
And by the way, where do you think the money went? When Reagan started the process, tricking people into thinking that a 401K – you put your money in – was somehow better than a corporate pension – they put money in FOR you – corporate profits started the big rise. That was the beginning of a huge transfer from future retirements to the very rich. But that wasn’t enough, so the corporations also started underfunding their pension plans. Knowing they had a coming obligation they did not put the necessary money into the pension funds, instead sending the money to the top. And now, under Bush – who is still working to get rid of Social Security – corporations like United Airlines are cancelling pensions.
This is about OUR retirement savings, gone into the pockets of the Bush cronies. And what do the people who stole the pensions get? Tax cuts.
But wait, there’s more.
Not content with the current rapid pace at which corporatism is overtaking democracy, FCC to review media ownership rules,
The Federal Communications Commission voted yesterday to review its media ownership rules, though the panel’s two Democrats objected that the process won’t ensure enough public comment on proposals.
With a Republican majority in place after a vacancy had produced months of deadlock, the panel reopened the disputed issue of limits on the number of radio and television stations that one owner can have and the limits on cross-ownership between newspapers and broadcasters. The rules are of great concern to giant media firms in an era of mergers and convergence of print and broadcast media inside companies.
What’s the point? Everything ALREADY sounds like Fox News.
I often think blogs and blog-readers are in a hyper-informed bubble. We are gaining influence with the DC insiders, and are reaching some people who influence the public. But WE are not reaching out very far yet. We need to find ways to reach a wider audience.
Meanwhile, America twists on under the spell of the wingnuts. Gun owners accuse UN of July 4 conspiracy,
Americans mistakenly worried the United Nations is plotting to take away their guns on July 4 — U.S. Independence Day — are flooding the world body with angry letters and postcards, the chairman of a U.N. conference on the illegal small arms trade said on Wednesday.
“I myself have received over 100,000 letters from the U.S. public, criticizing me personally, saying, ‘You are having this conference on the 4th of July, you are not going to get our guns on that day,”‘ said Prasad Kariyawasam, Sri Lanka’s U.N. ambassador.
… The campaign is largely the work of the U.S. National Rifle Association, whose executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, warns on an NRA Web site (http://www.stopungunban.org/) of a July 4 plot “to finalize a U.N. treaty that would strip all citizens of all nations of their right to self-protection.”
So the NRA just makes this shit up, and 100,000 letters are sent. (And the message ties right in to the John Birch Society Get US Out of the UN camaign.) Does anyone smell pre-election activities?
Looking at this ability to get the public going, and the kind of funding it takes, do you really think the Dems have a chance to take the House or Senate? Do you get what I am saying here? Remember the “Democrats are going to ban the Bible?” It worked.
I can’t really say much about this except it’s just silly. Someone needs to retire.
I’ve been thinking that big media doesn’t even think of itself as informing the public in a democracy – it’s just political entertainment. A commercial enterprise, period… The blogs come in to fill a vacuum.
Update – “>Peter Daou says it better than I can, today. Actually, he quotes a right-wing blogger who said it better.
“Tough sh*t! So after thirty years of writing this stuff in a bubble, you’re finally getting feedback from people who are pissed off. Deal with it.”
I think the new feature at DailyKos, Open Thread and Diary Rescue, is one of the best things that has emerged in the progressive blogosphere. It’s sort of like the Right’s TownHall, except it’s open democracy in action — an open-source think tank journal of expertise and opinion, where regular people can get in front of hundred of thousands of readers every day! I love it! The diaries have emerged as a great feature, but the recommendations can tend to be based on who in known or has done a good job in the past. The Diary Rescue brings up great stuff that wasn’t noticed.
The Republican-controlled Senate refused Wednesday to raise the minimum wage, rejecting an election-year proposal from Democrats for the first increase in nearly a decade.
… Republican critics said the minimum wage was a job killer, not the boon to low-wage workers portrayed by Democrats.
See the narrative: The Democrats only offered the proposal as an election-year tactic, the Republicans opposed it on principal.
Fact: The Democrats offer this every year, and the Repubicans always block it. Fact: Jobs INCREASE every time the minimum wage is increased because we live in a consumer economy and more people with more money to spend increases activity. Fact: No one employs more people than they need to employ, so a small increase in wages does not cause layoffs – as the results of minimum wage increases have ALWAYS shown.
I added this as a comment to the South Central Farm post, but after viewing it, I thought it was worth highlighting on it’s own. View it on Current TV’s web site (Al Gore’s cable network): Save The Farm. For more information about the struggle to save South Central Farm, see http://www.southcentralfarmers.org/ and http://www.southcentralfarmers.com (different sites)
Sen. John McCain (affair, divorce), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (affair, divorce, affair, divorce), and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (divorce, affair, nasty divorce). Together, they form the most maritally challenged crop of presidential hopefuls in American political history.
Until relatively recently, a self-confessed adulterer had never sought the presidency.
[. . .] Despite the scandalous details, whether the press will air them is still an open question. When it comes to personal morality, liberal commentators have long argued that the press has one standard for Democrats and another for Republicans (and another one entirely for the Clintons). It’s possible that the mainstream media will fail to apply the same scrutiny to the known transgressions of Gingrich, Giuliani and McCain as the Times did to rumors about Hillary Clinton’s husband.
SO, will the press give Republicans the same treatment they give Democrats? Did Bush get the same treatment Clintodid? HA!