EXPOSING THE HAIRCUTS OF A CLASS TRAITOR! We give up! Theres just no way to describe this fatuous press corps: // link // print // previous // next //
FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2007
THE DEATH OF THE FACT: Lets face it: Within the modern mainstream press corps, the very notion of the fact barely survives. And so it was that David Rivkin got a free turn on last night's Hardball. Rivkin was defending the Libby commutation. As he debated with Melanie Sloan, his host let him rattle the script:
SLOAN (7/5/07): Going after Joe Wilson would have been fair. That would have been a totally reasonable thing to do. But to endanger national security by outing a covert CIA operative for political purposes—Well, we are going to have to find out whether they knew at the time that she was covert, Matthews said. We dont have the slightest idea what he could have meant.
Readers, we know what youre probably thinking: Surely, Matthews knows about Patrick Fitzgeralds court filing in May, in which he said it was clear from very early in the investigation that [Plame] qualified under the relevant statute...as a covert agent. For what its worth, wed guess that Matthews does know about that—although its possible that he doesnt, given the way this press corps works. After all, his class deals in narrative, not fact—and it deals in deference to conservative power. Matthews has taken the anti-Bush stance all through the long debate about Plame. Last night, perhaps as a bit of make-up, he let Rivkin voice the treasured script: Plame was not covert.
But then, its stunning to see the way the press corps substitutes narrative for logic and fact. And as we said in yesterdays post, liberal elites routinely fail to challenge this remarkable process. In this mornings Post, for example, Gene Robinson and E. J. Dionne both caterwaul nobly against the Libby commutation. But neither gentleman bothers to challenge the arguments conservatives routinely hear in defense of the commutation. Plame wasnt covert, they hear. And: Richard Armitage was the real leaker. This morning, Dionne and Robinson thunder nicely—but fail to discuss these ubiquitous points. For that reason, many readers will find their columns unconvincing. Theyll think the columnists are slickly avoiding the facts which made this prosecution so vile.
But so it goes in a money-drenched era, when famous liberals dont bother to challenge the narratives that drive our lives. Dionne and Robinson write wonderful columns—if you already like their conclusions. And yes, the fact has largely disappeared in the world of this lazy, undisciplined cohort. Valerie Plame was not covert! Yesterday, we saw Rebecca Roberts sit and stare while Stephen Moore said it (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/5/07). A Californian e-mailed about his/her frustration when he/she heard the NPR program:
E-MAILER (7/5/07): I heard Rebecca Roberts extended exchange with Stephen Moore too, and could not believe my ears. For the brief time I had a chance to listen while in transit, it sounded as if he were her co-host. I was so upset that his misstatements of fact were allowed by this woman to go unchallenged that I had to switch stations to keep from escalating into the realm of road rage.For the record, intermarriage within this cohort is more extensive than most of us realize. It seems nothing can stop them from reproducing. Not that theres anything wrong with it!
At any rate, Rebecca Roberts is hardly alone in her failure to challenge this script, which looks quite weak after Fitzgeralds statement. Your press corps isnt drawn to facts, and makes little effort to learn or recall them. And lets face it—these facts just arent hard to learn. As we saw yesterday, John in Oregon knew what Fitzgerald said; so did Bob in Minneapolis. Our e-mailer knew about Fitzgerald too—and almost crashed when a professional journalist didnt. But most mainstream journos dont know this fact—or are prepared to act like they dont. Roberts is silent; Matthews is silent; Dionne and Robinson fail to address the way this claim keeps driving the discourse. But then, the very notion of the fact has long dead to this odd group; instead, this group is fueled by narrative. Overpaid liberals tell us our tale—and let Moore and Rivkin tell theirs.
ROBERTS FAMILY VALUES: Its very much like mother, like daughter inside the fact-averse mainstream press corps. How thorough is this groups insouciance when it comes to acquisition of facts? On December 5, 1999, Cokie Roberts was blissfully clueless about the size of Candidate Bushs tax cut proposal—the central proposal of his campaign. (Deftly, George Stephanopoulos covered for Cokie, helping obscure the size of her howler.) On the other hand, Cokie was simply brilliant this day when it came to reciting the anti-Gore scripts which were already shaping our future. Gore had a Pinocchio problem, she said. And then, the great journalist laughed.
We strongly suggest that you review THE DAILY HOWLER, 12/6/99; Roberts performance is well worth recalling. Note well: This sort of thing has gone on for a very long time within this multimillionaire cohort. These people dont care; dont work; dont read; dont study—and they dont embarrass easily. And when their children take over their jobs, they act out their family traditions.
EXPOSING THE HAIRCUTS OF A CLASS TRAITOR: After the attacks of 9/11, they swore that everything had changed. No more silly stuff, they pledged. From now on, we plan to get serious.
In yesterdays Post, we saw how theyve changed. In 1998, they spent a year on oral sex. This year, theyre deep into hair cuts.
For ourselves, we wont even try to describe how deeply foolish this long report really is. (It was accompanied by this ludicrous graphic, showing two different Edwards coiffures and a list of his various haircuts, by date.) Lets leave it at this: Solomon, an investigative reporter, has clearly spent a good deal of time getting the facts—about John Edwards haircuts. Understandably, the Post was embarrassed to run this in its news pages. It was banished to the front page of Style.
But so what? Last night, the story drove a good deal of cable (although CNN pretty much took a pass). As usual, the facts themselves didnt have to be right; they just had to service the narrative. Indeed, do they ever get their facts right? Here was Tucker Carlson, introducing a foolish segment about this deeply troubling problem. In his opening comment, he stares at video of Edwards as he combs his hair:
TUCKER (7/5/07): Boy, that is just unbelievable.In fact, this latest haircut took place in 2004. But so what? No one corrected Carlsons groaner, and Sweet was soon swearing that the real problem with what happened was the fact that a wealthy man [would] have the campaign pay for a personal expense like a haircut. Did she realize that Solomons detailed research showed that Edwards had paid for all but two of these haircuts? (The campaign initially paid for two, then said it had been a mistake.) Who knows? And beyond that, what could it possibly matter? This cohorts devotion to the utterly fatuous had never been made quite so clear.
In honesty, theres simply no way to describe the determined dumbness of these chimps. For example, what can you can say when George Stephanopoulos is willing to clown as he did with Kate Snow on yesterdays Good Morning America? We do suggest that you read this in full. This is the soul of your press corps:
SNOW (7/5/07): What about John Edwards? Because, nationally, he's third, but he's doing well in Iowa.But even more than that, it seems a little callous to be sort of pushing off on the hairdresser. What can a citizen possibly say when confronted with nonsense like that?
Here at THE HOWLER, we simply surrender. The sheer stupidity of that exchange defies our poor powers to add or detract. For the record, though, the segment ran with this searing graphic: EDWARDS' HAIR STYLIST SPEAKS OUT.
There are no words. Theres nothing to say. Sensible people have to go to the public and help them see what this gang of chimps has done—what they will continue to do, until trainers force them to stop.