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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
The man who sent Bush to the White House: Jack Welch has been one of the most consequential players in the American journalism of the past thirty years. Almost surely, hes the biggest media fish the liberal world has agreed not to notice or fry.
As CEO of General Electric, Welch assembled the NBC news team of the Clinton/Gore and Bush years. He recruited Tim Russert into the news business. He then made Russert a multimillionaire; he did the same for Brian Williams (largely) and Chris Matthews (totally). During the 1990s, he assembled NBCs weirdly ethnic news divisiona team of East Coast Irish Catholic home boys, a team built in Welchs own image.
These players made their multiple millions due to Jack Welchs largesse. Russert and Matthews even bought multimillionaire-dollar summer homes on Nantucket so they could huddle at the right cheek of their maker. Joining them there was Robert Wright, the (East Coast Irish Catholic) president and CEO of NBC. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/24/04.
The liberal world completely ignored this ridiculous corporate cavorting even as it took careful note of everything Rupert Murdoch thought, did and said.
We thought you might want to review the political beliefs of Welch, the man who assembled the NBC team which worked to bring down President Clinton, then savaged Candidate Gore.
Last Wednesday, Welch did the full hour with Piers Morgan, perhaps the biggest toady ever unloosed on American television. (Morgan has replaced Larry King in CNNs 9 PM time slot.) As usual, Morgan was fawning mightily at the start of his session with Welch. I can't think of a better person to ask about the economy, the financial crisis, he told his guest. To many people, for many decades, you personified America PLC.
Welch also personified the journalistic wars which sent George W. Bush to the White House, although career liberals have agreed that they must never tell.
Eventually, Morgan stopped his brown-nosing long enough to ask Welch who he likes in the race for the White House. (To read the full transcript, click this.) Welch said he wouldnt support Sarah Palinbut then, he rendered the judgment which follows. Gaze on the man who assembled the team which worked to send Bush to the White House:
He definitely does, Morgan said, toadying like a true expert.
There may be a summer home on Nantucket in Piers Morgans future! But consider what Welch said about Pawlenty and his new budget plan.
Last week, Pawlenty presented one of the craziest budget plans ever advanced by a supposedly serious White House candidate. Yes, we know: Genuine, unvarnished budget lunacy is now a requirement on the GOP side. When we say these budget plans are insane, its no longer clear that we are speaking metaphorically or hyperbolically. Heres the shape of Pawlentys plan, as sussed out by Ruth Marcus:
Marcus is much too kind to Ryan when she suggests that his plan wont lower projected revenues. But even Marcus uses these terms for Pawlentys budget plan: Delusional, reckless and crazy.
To Jack Welch, Pawlentys plan seems to make perfect sense! On Morgans show, the lunacy, and the sponge bath, continued:
Welch may be completely sincere in what he said to Morgan. He may believe that Pawlentys plan would do great things for the nation. But if we make this assumption, were saying that the man who assembled the NBC team is a raving lunatic on such budget matters. And this is the man who invented Russerts careerthe man who made Matthews so wealthy.
Jack Welch is crazy out of his headand he invented Russert and Matthews! Do these facts have any connection to Russerts endless pimping of right-wing talking-points concerning Social Security? Does this help explain the vicious work Matthews performed in 1999 and 2000 as he savaged Candidate Gore? Did Welch help the boys assemble their views as they took the breeze with him on Nantucketperhaps in one of their summer cottages, or maybe down at the club?
(Matthews paid $4.4 million for his cottage. Today, he pretends to be very upset by all the money Newt Gingrich spent for his jewels!)
Russert, Matthews and Wright all huddled with King Welch on a multimillionaires spindrift island! But so what? The career liberal world has let this comical (and remarkable) story go, from 1999 right through to the present. Why have your heroes looked away?
Its good to appear on Meet the Press. Its a very good thing to play Hardball.
Coming Wednesday: The return of political history! And our second annual fund drive, delayed from January.
PART 1SACRED SCRIPTURE (permalink): Progressives should be very busy at this point in time.
For one thing, progressives should be insisting that major newspapers cover the increasingly ludicrous GOP budget plans in substantial detail. When someone like Tim Pawlenty presents a delusional budget plan, that should qualify as major front-page news. That said, your big newspapers wont want to go there. Progressives should be pushing such newspapers hard, even if that might jeopardize someones future employment.
Even if it might jeopardize some career liberals party invites! Even if it makes for awkward chatter at the club!
A second obvious task: Progressives should be brain-storming, every day, looking for ways to speak to average voters. In this mornings New York Times, Paul Krugman lays out very important facts about the nature of Medicare. But most average voters wont read that column. Progressives should be looking for ways to bring this sort news to the public. Progressives should be inventing forums average voters will hear about. In conducting these forums, they should be using spokespeople voters will trust.
On Friday, we saw no sign that major progressives or major career liberals were actually doing such things. At Salon, liberals were instead being encouraged to paw through Sarah Palins e-mails in search of some holy grail. In this sad and pathetic report, the SALON STAFF reported on the great hunt. Heres how the foolishness started, ridiculous headlines included:
Here are the highlights of what theyve discovered, these pitiful losers wrote.
(The SALON STAFF didnt sign their names. We cant say that we blame them.)
What highlights had Salons pseudo-journalists spotted? In the pitiful mind of todays career liberal, revelations like the following met that test. In each case, the time the revelation came to light is noted:
Among the highlights of the days revelations:
Palin used the term "unflippinbelievable." Some unnamed person once sent her a poem. Palin was swamped with media requests after becoming McCains running-mate. And she mistyped strange in an e-mail! (That sic was included by the eagle-eyed SALON STAFF.)
By the way: Everyone has always known that Palin was being promoted for the VP slot by some supporters in the summer of 2008, even by a few major players. Theres no revelation in that. And by the way:
That TC-Alaska gasoline was actually the TC-Alaska gasline. Did Shear perhaps introduce a mistake into the text of these emails?
We dont know. No sane person would check.
Heroically, some Salon commenters complained, quite bitterly, about the utter stupidity of this breathless report. But then, the brainlessness of the modern liberal enterprise has rarely been quite so clear. Your nation is in enormous peril. There are many serious actions liberals and progressives ought to be taking, actions in which we might start to make up for decades of liberal passivity. But within the modern liberal world, a silly tribal mindset reigns. This is especially true where career liberals sell their wares to us unsuspecting rubes, thereby increasing their publications popularity and profits.
Or the profits of their cable channel.
Many ranking liberals encourage you to adopt this silly mind-set. Some of them are simply hustlers; they make money off the gullibility of their tribe, much like Rush and Sean before them. But many are full-blown tribal believers; to them, correction of Sarah Palins mistakes carries the full force of scripture. They live in a thoroughly tribal worldyou might even say, in the tribal belt. For these shrunken minds, politics consists of one thing: Showing that our tribe includes the good/smart people, while their tribe is very bad/stupid.
Sacred scripture takes many forms. Some people believe in the literal word of the Bible. Others take this same cast of mind to their love for the tribe. On Saturday, some tribal believers at Salon encouraged us to be very dumb. But then, a whole lot of that tribal dumbness has been on display in the past few weeks.
Were good and were smart; theyre bad and theyre stupid. They are the hypocrites; we never are. If you live in the tribal belt, people around you believe this way.
Progressive interests cant be advanced in this self-pleasuring manner.
Tomorrow: Wouldnt take yes for an answer