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||BEAMING THEM UP! Why are conservatives having more fun? It's fun when there's no opposition:|
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2002
WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, YELL LIBERAL: Andrew Sullivan is quite upset with liberal journalist Patrick Tyler. Heres the link from sully.com to Tylers piece in todays New York Times:
SULLIVAN: Liberal journalist Patrick Tyler tries yet another anti-Bush spin-job today, but its looking desperate.
Speaking of desperate, thats how we felt when we tried to discern Tylers troubling spin job. The scribe is somewhat cheeky as he starts, but his piece seems fair and balanced to us. Can anyone find the spin job here? And if were going to accuse a scribe of running a spin job, shouldnt we maybe say what it is?
LOOK HIM UP: Alex Beamshowing good sense in citing the HOWLERsays Ann Coulter is Having More Fun. Pull him up, in yesterdays Boston Globe:
BEAM: Is it true, to paraphrase the famous Clairol marketing campaign: Do conservatives really have more fun? The answer is yes, incontrovertibly so
Everywhere you look, conservatives are living large.
According to Beama self-identified liberalHalf the fun of being a conservative is taunting liberals and watching them rise to the bait. Here are his tongue-in-cheek comments on Coulter:
BEAM: Look at right-wing telebimbo Ann Coulter. Shes having a gas. Shes got a huge, best-selling book, Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right, recounting how the media is biased against conservatives like her. Clever gambit!
and its working for her! Liberals really are idiots, we see, as Katie Couric invites Coulter to hawk her wares on the Today show to prove Big Media isnt biased. Thanks, Katie! Ker-ching!
Beam notes that a lot of Coulters book isnt true, as has been well documented on Bob Somerbys Web site, The Daily Howler. But remember, hes a liberal, so hes biased.
Exactly! Why are conservatives Having More Fun? Because its easy to Have More Fun when the rules are all stacked in your favor. In the late 60s, Abby Hoffman was Having More Funbecause the weltanschauung of the era allowed pseudo-liberals to say any dumb thing they liked. Now, the same red carpet is rolled out for pseudo-cons, who are allowed to just make their sh*t up. When Coulter tangled with Couric, for example, Mickey Kaus politely pretended that Coulter had won the big battle of words (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 7/20/02). Kausfiles readers were encouraged not to know the truth about Coultersyeslying.
Why are conservatives Having More Fun? Because the Washington Generals pretend not to notice, and others pander reflexively to them. By the way, Beams HOWLER reference reminded us instantly; weve long said that the Boston Globe is one of our national treasures.
RED KLOTZ BAITING: At THE HOWLER, weve long admired E. J. Dionne for his decency and his intelligence. But on which undisclosed planet has Dionne lived in the year since September 11? This Tuesday, his Washington Post column was titled, End of The Vietnam Divide. No, were not making this up:
DIONNE: Sept. 11 stilled the post-Vietnam battles over culture and patriotism. Most of the left came to recognize that, flaws and all, the United States represents the pole of liberty now, as it did in World War II. The right accepted that the counterculture of the 1960s had not, after all, sapped Americas moral energies and that celebrating diversity was not simply a pet project of the postmodern professoriate but an essentially American impulse.
Say what? To all appearances, Rip Van Dionne slept through the recent (and ongoing) NEA-baiting. And he must have slumbered when our best-selling author said that Tim McVeigh should have blown up the Times (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 8/22/02). Citizens ought to be disturbed that Dionne would sleep-walk through history this way. E. J., youve long been an excellent man. But its time you rejoined waking life.
Why is Coulter Having More Fun? Look who keeps watch from the other side! But then, diminutive Generals player-coach Red Klotz always knew not to challenge the Trotters. Dionne, typing pleasing tales, seems to know his role too.
COULTER 1, PURDUM 0: With Dionne and colleagues slumbering sweetly, Coulter can mouth any bullshit she likes. Yesterday, a reader e-mailed an update about one of the queens recent howlers. On the August 20 Crossfire, Coulter hammeredwho else?Gothams mustachio-twirling Times:
COULTER: I also find it especially interesting how Representative Dick Armey from Texas, the Republican, who has been described in the pages of the New York Times, by the exact same reporter, in fact, as the crazy woman who had to be kept in the attic just a few years ago, now that he opposes invading Iraq, is suddenly given puff pieces in which hes described as former economics professor, free market conservative, who has opposed wasteful spending.
Coulter stated her point two more times (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 8/22/02). For the record, the recent puff piece to which she referred had been penned by Todd Purdum and liberal journalist Patrick Tyler. But had either reporter ever described Armey as a crazy woman in the attic? We couldnt find a case in which either dude had ever limned Armey this way.
Our reader may have found Coulters reference. Needless to say, Purdum and Tyler were not involved. The Timesman in question was Adam Clymerand he hadnt called Armey naughty names either. Clymer wrote on August 16, 2000, during the Dem Convention:
CLYMER: Democrats cannot stop talking about the closet in which Republicans confined their most conservative lawmakers [at the GOP Convention]. Jennifer Backus, press secretary of the Democratic National Committee, said Republicans treated their leaders, like Mr. DeLay and Representatives Dick Armey, the majority leader, and Henry J. Hyde of Illinois, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and leader of the effort to impeach President Clinton, like the crazy aunt in the attic.
Is this the piece to which Coulter referred? Who knows? And what difference could it possibly make? In a world where pseudo-conservatives Have More Fun, Coulter can craft any bullroar she likes. How do things work in the world of Ann Coulter? Clymer quoted remarks by a Democratic spokeswoman. So Coulter, needing a better tale, said that Purdum made the remarks himself. But then, Coulter has long established a new, gonzo policy; if a liberal reporter quotes a comment she doesnt like, then that liberal reporter made the comment himself! It was on this basis that Coulter slimed Couric for remarks she didnt make about Reagan.
They wanted to hide them away, Ms. Backus said.
Coulters Crossfire claim was simply untrue, but it made her fist-shaking statement sound better. Lets all keep an eye on Kausfiles, where someone may be gearing up to announce Coulters latest big win.
T AND A OF THE BEHOLDER: Male reviewers wont stop producing weird accounts of Blue Crush. Heres how Greg Milners puzzling piece kicked off in Tuesdays Slate:
MILNER: Blue Crush is one piece of cinematic surf-sploitation that doesnt skimp on the surf or the -sploitation. Its dramatic surf footage is matched only by director John Stockwells determination to pursue as much T and A as possible without depicting any actual T or A.
Say what? Is incoherence now a requirement? In fact, as Milner seems to acknowledge, there is no T and A in Blue Crush. Granted, the three lead characters wear bathing suits; it would be hard to make a credible film in which female surfers appeared in full burqa. But Crushs stars arent Baywatch types, and there isnt a wet t-shirt in the whole movie. Alas! Some men cant see young women in suits without obsessing on T and A. Often, such fellows cant see that the focus is theirs, not that of some sick film director.
Milners review gets stranger as it goes; he ends up accusing the lead character of engaging in virtual prostitution. (The real conflict is how Anne Marie will handle the sale of her own body.) Translation: Anne Marie, 19 years old, had sex in this film. And she didnt have sex with Greg Milner! (Bill Clinton paid a large price for the same offensehaving sex without male scribes permission.)
In Blue Crush, Stockwell portrayed a bunch of mostly good-natured male surfers who couldnt take female surfers seriously. But alas! He managed to lose himself millions of clams when male reviewers acted out the same way.