THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2003
DAYS OF BERNIE: Tomorrow, well return to our work on the clowning clown Goldberg. But for today, some entertainment! Today, we take a look at the first public posting of that ludicrous Howell Raines shoelaces quote (for background, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 11/18/03 and 11/19/03). Prepare to emit those low, mordant chucklesand prepare to gaze at the utter corruption of your challenged American discourse.
QUITE A STRETCH: Lets have E-Mailer Joe explain it! Just how great is the MRCs clowning? Heres the message our e-mailer sentafter he explored the origins of that Howell Raines shoelaces quote:
E-MAILER JOE (11/19/03): One more note on the shoelaces quote that Goldberg lifts from the MRC.What do the stylebooks say? Here at THE HOWLER, we dont really know. Most likely, writers of those journalistic stylebooks never dreamed of such total fakerynever dreamed that theyd have to confront such startling attempts at deception. At any rate, E-Mailer Joe is far too kind when he refers to this rather loose abuse. This quote which the MRC stitched together is typical of that orgs endless clowning. As weve seen, the shoelaces quote (from page 84) concerned Reagans fishing, and it wasnt even spoken by Raines. But Brent Bozell didnt want you to know that. So he and his gangwell, they made quite a stretch! Their ellipsis stretched across 28 pagesand it showed their contempt for your discourse.
No, dear readers, you simply cant use a magic ellipsis to stitch together two different statements which might as well come from two different books! But as you emit those low, mordant chuckles, please take note of the larger point. Its easy to laugh at the Brent Bozellscorrupted men who take aim at your discourse. And its easy to laugh at rubes Bozell fools (although its easy to see why these folks are misled). But who should Americans really despise? Those affable, overpaid good guy journaliststhe ones who have sat on their thumbs for ten years while the Bozells and the Goldbergs made a joke of your discourse. Where, oh where, was E.J. Dionne? When will we hear from the brave Peter Beinart? The clowning which E-Mailer Joe describes is an arrow aimed at the heart of democracy. But Bozell is powerful; Bozell is well-funded; and if mainstream pundits took Bozell on, the mountain called Scaife would come down on their heads. Its safer, and easier, to avoid taking notice. And your good guy pundits are quite good at that! They accept the clowning from Brent Bozelland from his cut-and-paste flunkey, Bernie Goldberg. Just find a reviewer or TV host who takes note of Bernie Gs endless clowning.
What kind of nation do we now inhabit, when this clowning proceeds for years without a word of comment or challenge? Brent Bozells conduct speaks for itself. But lets ask the obvious questions again: Why is Brent Bozell still in business? Why are his conservative readers still being misled? Why does Fox News put this man on the air? And most important: Why do your good guy pundits sit silent? Bozell and Goldberg have many enablers. More on that matter next week.
TOMORROW: Bernie get your gun!