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Let me explain something about the Sunday Morning shows.  Russert, Matthews, Will . . . those people.  Let me explain something about most of the editorials in most of the major newspapers.  Not all of them.  Just most of them.

A lot of us want deep answers.  We want to know why the opinion-makers seem so beholden to the right-wing.  We talk about corporate ownership.  We talk about the military-industrial complex.  And we're not wrong to talk about those things.

But the single most important thing to know about Tweety, Potatohead, and the rest of those cats is that they are lazy.  That is useful to know.  It might even be helpful.  Follow me:

A lot of Kossaks find it astonishing that Bill Clinton got so much oh-my-god-the-world-is-ending bullshit from the Babbling Class over getting a blowjob, while Dubya gets a pass over far worse things.  That doesn't surprise me at all.  It infuriates me, it makes me want to go up to Russert on the street, punch him, and run away giggling.  But it does not surprise me.

You have to understand, these people make a hell of a lot of money, and they get more respect than mafia-dons on the opening night of the Godfather for doing journalistic work . . . and the Clinton "scandal" was a dream come true for them.

It was perfect.  Right away, they knew it was perfect.  Suddenly, they didn't have to do any work.  It was like a year-long vacation.  It didn't matter that most of the country didn't care about the "Clinton Scandal."  It didn't matter that no adult with three functioning brain-cells would take any of it seriously.  That didn't matter at all.  It was perfect.  It was an easy story to cover; it required no journalism.  It was of no significance and therefore entailed no risk, and it looked to last damn near forever.

Suddenly, all the Babbling Class had to do was pretend to be outraged.  You have to understand how easy and fun that was to do.  It makes their jobs a lot easier.

The "Scandal" lasted for more than a year, and all they had to do was say things such as, "The American People will not stand for this," despite the fact that the American people demonstrably gave less than a shit.  All they had to do was say "the next 24 hours are crucial" . . . and "We in Washington don't like being lied to" . . . for an entire year.

Just type your copy, pretending to be taking a moral stand, and go have dinner.  What could be better?

And then, once it became undeniable that the all-important audience . . . the people watching TV . . . simply didn't care . . . once it became clear that the very worst thing Clinton had done was no worse than masturbate . . . well, these cats knew what to do.

They talked about how the public was out-of-touch with American values and they talked about how "I will not apologise for the American people' (Bill Bennet) and they talked about Hollywood and they talked about the corruption of the children and they talked about "I want my kids to be able to watch the nightly news."  Why?  

Because they cared?  No.  Because it was easy to do. It dragged the story out a few weeks longer.  It dragged their vacation out a few weeks longer.  That's all.

I'm sorry, but that is the reason.  You just say something that sounds brave -- even in the face of PUBLIC OPINION you are taking the HIGH ROAD -- but isn't, then go to a party and congratulate each other on how you all rise above the nation's moral perpitude.  Easy.  Fun.  And it lasted a lonnnnnnggggggg time.

Finally, after that didn't work, either, after the audience continued not to give a shit, they moved on to a realm of ethereal heights beyond any of this, to the totally unempirical realm of "Can Clinton still lead?"  "Does he have the moral authority to lead?"  "How can he lead?"  "The best thing he could do for the country is resign."  

Why?  Again.  It required no work.

Not just the MSM.  The Congress, too, was swept away and thrilled to have an unprecedented chance to appear noble while taking no risks.  Do you have any idea how exciting that was?  Henry Hyde was GOD and all had to do absolutely nothing except claim that he was angry.


So you want to know why Bush is getting easier treatment?  Because his lies are about something important.  Babbling about Bush's lies would require taking a risk.  It would require a little bit of journalistic or politcal work.  A little bit of bravery.  It might have consequences, and most of all . . .

Most of all . . .

You can't just say some nonsense on TV and then go to the restaurant for backslaps and mutual compliments anymore.

And they HATE THAT.


Now here's the good news:  the way to win the MSM is to make it easy for them.  Take away the work and the risk.  Notice how TWEETY will now occasionally say actual true stuff about Bush?  That's because other people made it easy for him.  Other people made it a quick backslap for him to say, "Bush lied."  The path of least resistance.  Who did that?  Keith Olbermann did.  And Kos did.  And you did.  

So keep it up.  Let's do the work to make it easy for them to call Bush a liar.  That's our job.

Originally posted to LithiumCola on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 10:17 PM PDT.


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  •  dkos - free crib notes for the cherry picking (2+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, GreyHawk

    for blathering over paid,over weight anti american lazy pin heads . sounds bout right to me.  sorry , thx i feel better now

  •  Lazy, yes (1+ / 0-)
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    kitchen table activist

    and easier on Bush not just because his lies are important, but also because they're so complicated and multi-layered and difficult to understand. The people with gigantic heads can't soundbite what they don't understand. And they're too lazy to try to understand it all. Plus Bush is just such a likeable fella.

  •  Generals, West Point grads, (1+ / 0-)
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    the example the recent demonstrations provide. Not much of one for prayer, but here's hoping for another Easter Rebellion.

  •  I'm a Kos whore (5+ / 0-)

    Everything seems to please me tonight.

  •  Keith Olbermann.... (0+ / 0-)

    My Hero.  In a witty way, making sense to young former Republicans.  Insidious and sneaky way of making them think by laughing at the Republicans.  MTP isn't being viewed by the young usually.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 11:26:00 PM PDT

  •  Well, SEX is a sin (1+ / 0-)
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    esecially adultery (but only if you're a Dem; Republicans are all Saved and thus forgiven).

    It all goes back to the notion that many Americans think sex is bad and violence is good--thus a blwojob is an impeachable offense while starting a war and getting 2300+ Americnas killed, 17,))) wounded, and between 30 and 100,000 Iraqis (msot of the innocents) killed is not.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 11:37:33 PM PDT

  •  You're right (1+ / 0-)
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    But why should I do their work for them?  I'm not getting the big bucks and they sure as shit aren't inviting me to any parties.  Can't we just figure out a way to fire them all and get SusanG on the air instead?

    So many people complain, always talk about change yo but what's your contribution to life?-J5

    by fabooj on Thu Apr 13, 2006 at 11:53:43 PM PDT

  •  excellent diary.... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....and spot on. i bet you meant turpitude, not perpetude, though. perpetude is an excellent word, however, lol...

    i think what's wrong is more than just laziness. i think it's mediocrity as well. dan quayle ushered in an age of mediocrity. and when people with a fully functioning brain called him on spelling "potato" with and "e" on the end, they got shit for it.

    this country is populated with a whole bunch of mediocre people. the prez is one, for sure, but it extends into our daily lives. so many people go to work every day, punch a time clock, and put in a barely minimum amount of effort.

    i've never, ever once claimed to be of high intelligence (i leave that to my mom), but even here on dailykos, i'll read posts and think, "jesus, i'm a friggin genius compared to a lot of these people." and then i feel ashamed for being so snooty...

    The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. -- Mark Twain

    by FemiNazi on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 12:31:27 AM PDT

  •  It is worth mentioning too that (1+ / 0-)
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    Bush gets a free pass from the media giants because he is a billionaire's dream come true:

    1. Tax cuts beyond the bounds of reason for the wealthiest 1% of Americans...the Bush Administration is a WET DREAM for a billionaire trying to obtain tax cuts that are so large that Bush's large-scale, tax cuts will eventually bankrupt the United States Treasury and the American middle class.
    1. The Bush Administration, much to the delight of billionaires and multinational corporations, are enriching the very richest Americans and shrinking the middle class and putting more of the middle class into the slave labor class through job cuts and reductions in corporate benefits for workers.  Minimum wage McDonalds and Walmart jobs rather than wages that can feed a family, anyone?  I guess they figure that BOTH mother and father can start working TWO FULL-TIME jobs EACH, to survive... (Good for Wallstreet; Bad for the American family.)
    1. The Bush Administration enriches only the wealthy, to the disadvantage of the American middle class, with regard to these industries and the way they treat the American consumer: Banking, Energy, Phamaceutical, Defense, Investment Firms, Telecommunications, Big Media, and Health Care, to name a few.  All changes in legislation that the Bush Administration supported enrich the largest corporations at the expense of the American consumer and at the expense of the American working family.  Big Media Corporations, who pay the salaries of Russert and Tweety, also have investments in these industries as well.

    Big money likes war.  Big money likes high gas and energy prices, high pharmaceutical drug prices, low cost of labor, no ability for the consumer to start over with a Chapter 7 bankruptcy when they get in over their heads in medical debt, taxpayer-funded contracting overseas, corporate tax and subsidy giveaways that rob the poor to pay the rich, etc.

    Of course Big Money will make sure Russert and Tweety give a free pass to the GOP...

    ...because, somehow, a blowjob is a big deal.

    ...because several thousands of military and civilian deaths due to strategic incompetence is NOT a big deal.

    ...because taking from the poor to give to the rich is NOT a big fact, that's the objective.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Fri Apr 14, 2006 at 02:42:59 AM PDT

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