Great Moments in Modern Punditry - Part 2
Last week a bunch of people - that thankfully included some credible journalists (such as Joe Conason) - wrote a strong letter of protest to ABC, published in The Nation magazine. Now, Big Tent Democrat called out some of these people for their shameless hypocrisy but I found the letter to be interesting partly because of some of the Illustrious names on the list. For instance, people like Spencer Ackerman and Ezra Klein - who have had their respective shares of Great Moments in Modern PunditryTM.
There are also names like Christopher Hayes, Washington, D.C. editor of The Nation, who ended one of his Nation articles last month (exploring the media's hypocrisy and standards for Republicans v. Democrats) thusly (emphasis mine, throughout this post):
And if, of all things, it is his pastor's heated denunciation of American injustice that undoes the candidacy of an African American with a legitimate chance at the White House, any conscientious observer could be forgiven for thinking: God damn America indeed.
Certainly another one of those Great Moments in Modern Punditry - illustrating the kind of mentality that loses Democrats the elections, time and again. But, remember, this is The Nation we are talking about - the magazine that, during the 1992 election campaign, was a bit, um, occupied, publishing such gems as this, which provided one of the biggest gifts ever to the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy for almost a decade:
By the mid-1980s, Arkansas was a crucial link in the contra war against Nicaragua being masterminded from Washington. One scheme for maintaining a cover-up for Oliver North's network was, it appears, played out in the Governor's mansion occupied by Bill Clinton.
Arkansas's role in the contra war and in an arms-for-drugs supply network goes back to the early 1980s and the airport at Mena, Arkansas, discussed in this column two weeks ago.
Anyway, not to be outdone by Chris Hayes, here's another Obama supporter Nora "Like Michelle Obama, I feel proud of my country for the first time in a long time" Ephron - writing in The Huffington Post on Sunday about "White Men":
But now there are two and we're facing Pennsylvania and whom are we kidding? This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don't mean people, I mean white men. How ironic is this? After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can't even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder -- after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power. (As they always did, by the way; I hope you didn't believe any of those articles.)
P.S. Remember, if Sen. Clinton wins today, it's because she's a piece of crap and should drop out. If Sen. Obama wins today, its because Sen. Clinton is a piece of crap and she should drop out. See, it's so easy - just as easy as it was in the last 7 years when the operative comparison was between Republicans and Democrats!
P.P.S. Ahhh, I didn't know the Marketing campaign by master astroturfer David Axelrod also included this gem discovered by Lambert: "And re-recording the speech with added applause won’t help matters". Good times!