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  •  Hindrocket (4.00)
    is a classic example of what has come to be the brick and mortar foundation of the rhetoric and practice of the post Cold War American right... that there is no such thing as stone cold undeniable irrefutable fact, for everything and anything is 'merely an opinion'. Something spinnable. Moldable and shapable like a fistfull of playdough in a child's hand, instead of something concrete and definable. Everything has an equally valid mirror, always. And worst of all, its okay to say something that you know to be false, to lie to people, because the ends of your lie justifies the means of telling it, because the people will be better off because your ideology is 'always right' even when its demonstrably wrong.

    The truth, is seems, is in play in Hindrocket's world. Facts have gone from being things to be interpreted, to things that can not just be ignored, but denied as being facts.

    The Iraq war isn't losing support because it is not going well, nor is it losing support because of its cost, or because the underlying reasons given for its launching were wrong at best, outright lies at worst. Nope. The Iraq war is losing support because the media isn't telling the 'whole story'. Because a painted kindergarten and a clean street in Baghdad equally balances and offsets the brutal deaths of a hundred American service men... people would nod and understand the loss of their sons and daughters more easily... if that 'kindergarten' story is printed in the same 72 point headline next to the death story. And the sign of a rebuilt building means that things are going well, the media just doesn't want to cover it.

    How many times have you opened your local newspaper to see these two stories handled equally:

    DECAYING MINTER BRIDGE COLLAPSES, KILLS SIXTEEN

    LUXVILLE ELEMENTARY PAINTS GYM, KIDS LOVE NEW COLOR

    Same coverage. Are these two stories of the same value?

    This is how conservatives want Gulf War Two to be covered. The bridge disaster is 'offset' by the donation of paint by the local hardware store. So, it should be given equal shrift.

    This is the weakest, most willingly propagandist, and compliant American news media period probably in  US history. Bar none. If there was glowing reports of wonderful goodness flowing out of Iraq like a wave, it would be packaged with a glowing red bow on top and Hindrocket knows it. (See coverage of first three weeks of Iraq war II.)    

    But then, the truth is negotiable in AssRocketLand.

     

    **** I'm a Proud 'Fight Back in all 50 States' Democrat ****

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 02:35:13 PM PDT

    •  postmodernist blowback (4.00)
      ... that there is no such thing as stone cold undeniable irrefutable fact, for everything and anything is 'merely an opinion'.

      hmm, I might call this Postmodernist Blowback.

      as the crazed right prejudicially slanders the academy they simulaneously adopt its worst trendy affectations.  

      Of course, lit-crit wonks haven't bombed and tortured anybody.

      one not-post-at-all modernist and empirical classical liberal who won't apologize for believing that some histories are indeed more legitimate and true than others.

    •  Oh, and one more thing (none)
      The right is always claiming 'Permanent Victim Status'.

      While decrying that 'everyone who disagrees with them is weak and looking for a handout, sympathy, or a nanny state' they also decry oppression by an overwhelming all powerful liberal machine that doesn't exist.

      So which is it?

      Victims of Oppression? Babysitters?

      The rightwing cannot have it both ways forever, although with our news media, you never know.

      **** I'm a Proud 'Fight Back in all 50 States' Democrat ****

      by LeftHandedMan on Sun Sep 11, 2005 at 03:27:40 PM PDT

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