Monday, April 16, 2007

From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

A reader of this blog commented in the "Open Thread" section today on the presence of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn on Democracy Now! together -- amazing. This reader prefaced the comment with the note "not NPR related," however, I would beg to differ. Contrast such a feature with this "analysis" from Cokie Roberts:

"And the President and Vice President both over the weekend made strong cases against the Democratic plan to set a time period for US troops to withdraw from Iraq…both called the Democratic plan irresponsible…the surest route to failure…ridiculous…irresponsible…"

Does Roberts think that repeating the propaganda of Bush and Cheney is analysis? Then noting the problems dogging this stupid, violent, corrupt administration represented by the latest scandal involving Wolfowitz, Roberts hypothesizes that "it’s indicative of what happens six years into an administration. Everybody starts to get tired and arrogant and sloppy and administrations start to fall apart at this point."

Ah, so you see, in Cokie-World, the implosion of the Bush administration has nothing to do with the fact that this administration has been ignorant, arrogant, flouting laws and treaties, violating civil and human rights at will, and launching wars of aggression with manufactured intelligence - no, it's just the six-year slump that happens to all administrations.

So what will it be: discussion and analysis with Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky on Democracy Now!, or seat-of-the-pants idiocy from NPR?

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