The Reason I Cancelled My Newspaper
In the very same breath Stephen claims that "We would all be better off if the politicians, particularly the Bush administration, was [sic] forced to give more access not less access to 'the media'", he seeks to BAN the most popular mediots with slurs like "evil journalists, like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck".
To add insult to injury, he then implores "let's stop taking cheap shots".
The reasons most Americans don't like these "evil journalists" are very different than the reasons Stephen Elliott calls them evil--they too are corruptible pawns of the jews who control the news and are way to the left of 93% of Americans who claim to be Christians. It's the age old good jew: bad jew comedy routine which enables jews to keep their hold over the American people and politics and economy.
When he writes "let's not blame the press", he obviously excludes the most POPULAR members of his own profession who don't even come close to the truths spoken by Jesus.
The press is the biggest scapegoat for everything that goes wrong. I remember being in Israel at the height of the Second Intifada and one day I'm interviewing Uzi Landau, the right wing Minister of the Interior. It's just after the Sbarro's bombing and Uzi is saying to me (well, really to CNN, but I was standing next to CNN) (I'm paraphrasing here) "There is no difference between Hamas and Fatah (an obvious lie). This is all the fault of the lies in the New York Times. The media doesn't want to tell the truth about these terrorists..." etc.
The next day I'm in Ramallah, on a hill overlooking the police station. I'm standing with a Palestinian General. The General says Israel did not warn them they were going to bomb the police station (a lie). The General starts telling me about all the lies in the American media, the New York Times in particular. That's when it first occurred to me, everybody hates the media.
So today I see Richard Morse' post is one of the biggest hits on this site. What's the post about? "Blame The Press." Using the same simplistic terms (I'm sorry Richard, I know you're a cool guy) you always see. "They" did this. "They" didn't pay any attention to that.
I know there's [sic] a lot of people that [sic] think the media is operating as one big conspiracy. That the media is in fact headed by one person, one ideology. But I've spent enough time around the press, both writing a book on the 2004 election (see chapter 4 where Arianna puts her arm around me and I beg her to hide me in her home) and as a political organizer with LitPAC and Operation Ohio. (OK, I also used to work for Ralph Nader. I'm not proud of it. You want to talk to people who hate the media, you should get inside that campaign.) There is no media conspiracy. Sometimes the press drops the ball, often they pay too much attention to what the consumer wants instead of what the consumer needs. There are certainly evil journalists, like Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck. And if you look you'll always be able to find something in the New York Times or Washington Post that sounds slanted, but they're still great papers.
And here's the thing. When we beat up on the press all the time, "the press" "them", the people we're helping the most are in the White House. When you say "blame the press," Dick Cheney is right there with you. And we blame the press for everything then we forget to fight for the press.
Instead of complaining about the media, let's complain about the lack of access the media has. We would all be better off if the politicians, particularly the Bush administration, was forced to give more access not less access to "the media". There should be stricter enforcement of sunshine laws. There should be more press conferences. We should be on the side of the media because the media plays an extremely important roll in our democracy.
Blogs are great too, especially Talking Points Memo. But usually the roll of the blogs is to echo important findings from the "the media" or the "msm". We need those guys, those investigative reporters, to get the ball rolling, to uncover the truth as they often do. They'll never be perfect, but let's stop taking cheap shots. Criticize specific journalists when they deserve it, (Damm you Glenn Beck) or demonstrate patterns in coverage from a specific paper. But Let's stop with the "Blame the Press." Don't blame the press, blame the president. Support your press. With circulation declining they need you more than you might think.
- Stephen Elliott
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2009 10:06 AM
Subject: Re: Bigtime rightwing Republican declares current rightwingers are insane
Well said...thank you. i can't disagree with any of this...one thing missing = gross stupidity and their pride in being stupid!
From: Ian Lester <email@example.com>
Sent: Tue, Dec 1, 2009 11:37 am
Subject: Bigtime rightwing Republican declares current rightwingers are insane
Why I Parted Ways With The Right
1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)
2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)
3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)
4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)
5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)
6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)
7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)
8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)
9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)
10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)
And much, much more. The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.
I won’t be going over the cliff with them.