Saturday, March 01, 2008

Undertakings

The underlying ideologies of NPR News become very apparent in how they cover the deaths of various right-wingers (e.g. Jerry Falwell, Jeane Kirkpatrick, or Gerald Ford). So it's no surprise that there has been nothing seriously assessing the gross shortcomings of William F. Buckley's career though his life and work have been featured multiple times on NPR in the last few days (Feb. 27 ATC remembrance and Feb. 27 ATC interview, Feb. 28th ME remembrance, and today Mar. 1 Weekend Ed. Sat with Scott Simon. No doubt that Buckley was a very important figure in US politics, BUT where's the criticism?

You simply have to go elsewhere for information (no surprise there). Check out The Guardian, his greatest hits on Radar, and this refreshing evaluation of Buckley's career based on Buckley's own criteria.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

After watching his debate with Chomsky the other day (via YouTube), followed up with some biographical research (including the URLs you linked), I found all the fawning respect paid to him simply baffling. The guy was a nasty douchebag.

Glad I'm sleeping late on Satudays these days.

War On War Off said...

At least Buckley lived long enough to see George Bush destroy his party, and rather unfortunately, this country. By their fruits, ye shall know them...

big!pink!fuzzy!bunny! said...

Exactly that - no surprise. Hard to muster up a remark without sounding redundant.