Sunday, February 18, 2007

funny?

Talking Points Memo has a timely post on what's funny v. what's not funny. I feel pretty hopeless about the media for the most part abandoning its responsibility to keep the people informed. Greg Sargent points out the enormous difference between the press of old and the lapdogs who masquerade as reporters these days.

This has a little age on it, but never hurts to see again how the White House correspondents ~ the people who are supposed to report the truth and investigate statements made by politicians ~ laugh merrily as George Bush makes jokes about weapons of mass destruction. It doesn't hurt to be reminded when we are running headlong into sending more young people to die in Iraq and fast building up toward attacking Iran.

Just in case you feel so led, you can call your representatives. Find their contact info here.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're hyenas.

For obscenity, nothing will exceed their amusement at Bush's hide-and-seek for WMDs at the 2004 White House Correspondents' Dinner (not even their stone-faced reaction to Steven Colbert's peg-down of Bush last year).

Worse, they stink. Last weekend The New York Times went back to the realm of Judith Miller, asserting without qualification in a blind-sourced front-page story that the U.S. would present evidence of Iranian-sourced weapons.

By mid-week, Michael Gordon's story was refuted, by Bushie no less! So much for Journalism 101.

I'm not just mad, but sad. I was a reporter for 15 years. I began in the afterglow of Woodward and Bernstein. Now my first love is cold and dim. My particular end of it - newspapers - is dying. Editors and publishers reaped and sowed and still don't know better.

February 18, 2007 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, that was me, Freddy in Ptown'

February 18, 2007 3:51 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

Thank you for the sobering video. It was very well done and highlights this administrations callous regard for human life, and their ability to laugh in the face of immense human suffering. It is indeed a sad state of affairs, when our media is owned and run by corporations which protect their own interests before the nation's, or who are arrogant enough to believe that their best interests actually reflect our own. I hope the shrub rides that crucifix straight to hell...

Thank you for popping the comments cherry on my blog, I was and am honored!

Tater

February 18, 2007 5:01 PM  
Blogger eric3000 said...

Wow, I just don't get Republican humor. Maybe I'm not rich enough.

Always thought-provoking entries your blog. Thank you.

February 19, 2007 4:54 PM  

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