Okay, I know Tariq Ali, I like him. I think he's one of the smartest people in any room. But even so, he can be as full of s**t as anyone else. (Which includes me. If you don't like what I'm writing here just tell yourself, "That Elaine, she's full of s**t.")
Tariq was on Law and Disorder Radio today and he was talking about 2008, about the election.
There's a song Carly Simon sings called "You Have To Hurt" -- it's on Coming Around Again. In it, Carly sings, "I'm in love with him she said, with all the innocence of tender years, but somewhere down the road ahead, I could see the same eyes filled with bitter tears., I had the inclination to tell her not to drop her guard, to tell her that life could be hard, But I didn't have the heart., You have to hurt, to understand . . ."
So point, I do understand that people need to learn things for themselves.
I do not, however, agree with Tariq that that is what he did in 2008. He said he saw all these young people excited about Obama and he felt they'd have to learn it on their own.
This is not about love or anything similar. This is about politics and we don't shut our voices.
Grace Lee Boggs is someone I can no longer stand. (I know her.) She whored like crazy for Barack in 2008. Now she tries to pretend she didn't.
But she did. She'd appear on a show and talk about young people. Grace Lee Boggs is so old that it hurts to listen to her -- her lips are dry and her mouth makes a noise on top of her dry lip smacking. You'd think reaching that age meant you had wisdom and would impart it.
Instead Grace chose to whore (she says be silent and let them learn on their own, that's not what she did). If you have no additional wisdom to offer for all those years lived, maybe you should explore other alternatives to living.
We had an obligation to be honest about what Barack was. There are young voters in every election. There was no excuse for silence or for whoring.
People need to own their actions (or inactions) and stop trying to justify them.
"TV: Covering for their own" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
The last months have not been good for the program. There was, for instance, Amy again chatting up her good friend and frequent guest Juan Cole on live TV and radio when Cole lets slip that he's a CIA contractor and Amy fidgits nervously to avoid exploring on air what she already knew. There's been criticism from CounterPunch's Alexander Cockburn, "On Amy Goodman's Democracy Now one was far more likely to hear CIA-consultant Juan Cole issuing fervent support for the entire intervention than rather any vigorous interviewing of informed sources about what was actually happening on the ground in Libya."
Last week, Glen Ford joined the growing chorus calling out Democracy Now! when the show wrongly reported of a protest against Barack Obama, "A crowd of around 100 protesters with Occupy Wall Street and other groups demonstrated outside of the Apollo" ("Headlines, January 20, 2012). At Black Agenda Report, Ford explained the crowd was about 400 and called out "the left flank of Obama's apologists and protectors" including Amy Goodman's show, "But Democracy Now!, whose politics has undergone a palpable turn to the right during Obama's time in office, told its audience that only about 100 people protested, when in reality, the MoveOn section of the demonstration alone approached that number. In this sense, Democracy Now! is worse than the police at reporting demonstrations it doesn't support."
Interestingly enough, Amy Goodman wasted three pages (147-149) of her Exception To The Rulers (copy and pasted with help from brother David Goodman) denouncing NPR and The New York Times for undercounting the crowd at an October 26, 2002 protest. NPR would go on to correct their error on air. A week after her error aired, Amy Goodman has offered no correction. But then she's always been too busy pretending to be Last Journalist Standing to ever issue needed corrections.
In the latest TV piece, Ava and C.I. take on Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!, 30 Rock, GLAAD and more.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):