Tomorrow Barack Obama gives another lame speech.
Heaven help us all because we're clearly on our own. That's the message the LIARS of The Progressive send. First up, Matthew Rothschild writing about drama queen Frances Fox Piven:
Since he started to air these attacks, Piven has begun receiving death threats.
“I got e-mails that said, ‘Die You C**t,’ and ‘May cancer find you soon,’ ” she tells The Progressive. “And people are posting my address on the Internet with their messages that are really crude and ugly and violent.”No wonder Francie never made it at a real university, she can't grasp the language. "May cancer find you soon" is not a "death threat."
I don't care for Frances, I never have. I've never found her to be an honest person and she's always one of those money beggars. I just don't have the time and, honestly, don't see why an able bodied woman (which she was the last time I was around her -- yes, that has been awhile) can't provide for herself. That's before you even factor in her patronizing attitude towards African-Americans.
But this is reality: She wrote for attention and fame. She got it. It wasn't pretty? It seldom is. C.I.'s had death threats for decades. Crazy fans convinced they were her husband, or her child or -- in one instance -- her father. People who would park outside her home until the police forced them to leave. People who wrote real death threats (which were turned over to the authorities).
Pay attention, Matty and Francie, C.I.'s never once whined about it in public. Never once raised it in any interview -- print, audio or TV. She's fully aware that you put yourself out there, people will have a reaction.
Piven wanted much more than academic fame. She got it. She needs to stop whining. It's a violent society. If she thinks she's receiving death threats, she needs to turn them over to the FBI.
Matthew Rothschild is so deceitful when he lies and calls "May you get cancer" a death threat. In that regard, he's a lot like Francie.
Francie's a kook. She's truly lost it. She was raving on Democracy Now! about someone writing ____ about her (she got the title wrong -- intentionally, she took a pedestrian title and changed it to make it violent) at his blog (it was at the website Pajamas Media). I never got so many phone calls from old friends laughing at Piven. She always thought she was a leader but in the peace movement, we ignored her. We were the New Left, we were part of the old Communist guard that had come up before, during and (the last wave) right after WWII.
We had no use for her or her ideas of how you could "trick" people into being on your side.
So when I read an article about how she's getting death threats and I'm reading over them and not seeing a great deal that constitute a death threat, I think, "Oh, there goes Francie crying wolf yet again."
It reminds me of the way they tried to turn it into a tragedy that she agreed to let two men tape her answering questions. But it turned up on YouTube!!!! So?
Don't invite strangers into your own home. That's fairly obvious. Very few reporters doing a piece on C.I. have ever been invited into any of her homes. You draw a line of privacy or you don't.
I'm really sorry that Frances Fox Piven is so stupid that, in this day and age, she thinks, "I don't know these people, I've never heard of them before and I don't know anyone who can vouch for them, but let me invite them into my home!"
You're asking for trouble. She's lucky she didn't wake up with a bruise and her valuables missing.
I started to type "Learn a lesson" but the key to Francie is that she's never been able to.
By the way, did you note Matthew was using his favorite word again? The c-word?
Then we get to Ruth Conniff who wants to write about Keith Olbermann.
Ruth, I do realize your boss has put the c-word in your magazine but that doesn't minimize "slut" or all the other names Keith Olbermann called various women on the air for years and years. It's a detail Ruth can't find even though it's among the details which have stood out the most for Bob Somerby over the years.
But Ruth's not really wanting to write. That requires thought. All she wanted to do was grab some 'hot topics' (cold before she touched them) and pretend she'd thought of something to add to the existing dialogue.
"TV: One Less Bag To Leak Gas" (Ava and C.I.):
Remember how we said Ashleigh Banfield was the Rosetta Stone? She really is. She's all over this story without even trying. For example, shortly after Olbermann made his announcement, John Nichols of The Nation was pouncing on it and lavishly praising Olbermann and those 'commentaries.' Where was Nichols' column on Banfield?
No where to be found and that's the worst damage that Olbermann and his kind have done. Ashleigh Banfield was an actual reporter (back when her own program first started, MSNBC was trying to ape CNN). And when she was vanished, The Nation and others didn't care. Actual overseas reporting wasn't defended. Does the world really need more Olbermanns or more Banfields? For John Nichols, the well known sexist, the answer is very clear: Pontification is more important than investigation.
And that's sad and it's telling. And it certainly explains why Olbermann and his MSNBC co-stars have been able to escape serious criticism from so many for repeatedly altering facts to create a stronger narrative. It's also true that if Ashleigh Banfield had been Ashton Banfield, she might have gotten some support. She certainly wouldn't have had Michael Massing's bitchy comments about her hair style appearing in The Nation had she been a man. And, if she really wanted support from the echo chamber of the left, she'd need to be a man who embraces sexism the way so many of the left commentators do.
Keith Olbermann embraced it. Bob Somerby long documented that reality but basically stood alone in doing so (two notable exceptions were Rebecca Traister and Rachel Sklar). And in 2008, we saw FAIR and the so-called News Dissector Danny Schechter refusing to call out the sexism Olbermann utilized and bathed in repeatedly. That damaged the left, make no mistake. The use of sexism and the refusal to call it out did great damage to the left. While Bob Somerby was able to call out Olbermann, it turns out that some left writers were as well.
At least privately.
Last summer, The Daily Caller did their stories on Journolist -- a listserv among self-styled lefty journalists -- and one of the revelations that got very little attention was the story about the number of writers objecting to the sexism of Keith Olbermann and doing so in 2008. But doing so privately, among themselves. As one left voice after another lodges objections, along comes Luke Mitchell (then with the notoriously sexist Harper's magazine) to declare, "Olberman is irritating and his obvious sexism is reprehensible. But yes, someone going on TV and saying that torture is bad is a net positive." Because women don't matter and because domestic abuse -- in Luke Mitchell's mind -- isn't torture and possibly also not considered abuse. Sexism breeds abuse. But Luke Mitchell didn't care. He just needed a man to say "torture is wrong." Apparently because he worships the penis and because, without a man saying it, it might not be true in his mind.
With all the writing about Keith Olbermann over the last two days, it's surprising just how little attention has been paid to his sexism. Niall Stanage (Salon) was one of the few to go there:
Olbermann’s claim to the moral high ground here was strictly relative. This is a man, after all, who once reported an allegation that Paris Hilton had been punched in the face under the tagline "A Slut and Battery." Hilarious, no?
Olbermann's gone and, as telling as what's being discussed, it's what's not being discussed that really tells the tale of both Olbermann and so much of the left. As for his departure? The answer can be found in track ten on Carly's Boys In The Trees album:
Now in the place where I come from
The people don't grow on trees (except some of the boys)
And you can't treat people like meat
Without getting brought to your knees
Now and then baby . . .
Amazing. Ava and C.I. have the courage to confront what Ruth Conniff refuses to do.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):