I do enjoy that. I think we're all growing immune to Mr. Pretty Speeches.
In the snapshot today, C.I. points out that if people care about people, they don't trash women or render them invisible.
She notes various patterns among these types.
I'm going to grab Laura Flanders who will always pretend to care about the people.
But she will always betray women.
1) She couldn't cover Abeer, she wouldn't cover Lara Logan and she ridiculed Hillary in the most non-feminist terms (going so far as to refer to her laugh as a cackle).
Laura's in the boys club because she never upsets anyone. She's the perfect token.
"Media: The uninformed boosting ad revenues" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
What we're seeing isn't reporting. It's not even "commentary" by the historical understanding of the word. What we're witnessing is what Rob Lowe describes in St. Elmo's Fire as "a bit of self-created drama."
Who's the winner in Florida? For a brief moment, that was asked on NPR and a meaningful answer was actually given: TV stations which will carry tons of ads.
The media makes a ton of money off elections if they can build up the drama. Notch it up, make some more money. So they treat it as if it's amazing and unheard and novel and new.
When it's all so damn predictable and, yes, so damn drawn out. Other countries don't spend a year and a half gearing up for an election. Not only do we do that in the US, but we have so-called journalistic outlets on the left eager to serve not news but the Democratic Party. Which is why The Nation is unreadable today. As we've noted before, the 2006 mid-terms hadn't even taken place when John Nichols decided to start writing about the 2008 election. That's all the magazine is now and to say it may be good fodder for political junkies is insulting to political junkies.
That's what it is, get the term right.
And that's what our media hopes to turn the country into. That's among the many reasons that we're pretty much set on not voting in the 2012 presidential election. Maybe we'll follow Emily's example and instead come up with a revenge list. Wait and hope.
If you don't get the last sentence of Ava and C.I.'s piece, I suggest you pick up The Count of Monte Christo and examine the last page. When Jim read it out loud, I was the only one who got that.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):