One day I'll turn on CBS Evening News and all of a sudden it's 1987, and Dan Rather's there reporting on the impeachment of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush for their involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal and everything that's happened since has been a bad dream.
Our current reality is not reality. It can't be. Jon Stewart, only a decent comedian before Indecision 2000, looks like a founding father now for merely describing things accurately. The biggest audience goes to the biggest liar. That would be Bill O'Reilly. There's only two camps regarding O'Reilly, those who watch his show loyally and adhere to his every word as if it were the Gospel, and those who want to throw up at the site of his face and the sound of his voice. Talking about this guy is a waste of time. He's become a hollow signifier for the Cooperate Owned Media as a whole. Like Coulter before him, O'Reilly bashing has no remaining currency, even in the liberal blogosphere. He sucks, we get it. It's been illustrated every way possible.
Yet he persists. He lives. He's still there cashing checks and farting through his mouth into the microphone. We know he's a liar. He had as much to do with this bogus neocon adventure as the people who did it, because without some media cover, they never could have managed to start this illegal war.
Earlier this week O' Reilly put the cherry on his legacy when he claimed that his show doesn't cover Iraq very much because correspondents in Iraq can't get the real story and by the way, no one cares. "Do you care," he asked, "if another bomb if another bomb went off in Tikrit? Does it mean anything? No, it doesn't mean anything."
You would think after seeing that steaming slab of ignominy plastered on my TV that I would not soon feed at the troth of cable news. But like Al Gore says, television's seductive. How could I not tune in last night and see what the talking heads had to say about the judge's ruling that Scooter had to go to prison pending his appeal? This case is so straight forward that a Republican prosecutor appointed by John Ashcroft, a Bush-appointed judge and a jury all agreed that Scooter obstructed justice and perjured himself. No pro-Libby spinning can possibly happen without tossing out our legal system and reality itself.
I decided not to go to O'Reilly on this one. After the Iraq display, I'm done monitoring that noise. Media Matters has a stronger stomach than I do. No, this was a job for MSNBC.
If the media suddenly decided to be based on, I don't know--JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS--the most likely candidate to start that trend would probably be MSNBC. These people allow a lot of truth to come out of Keith Olbermann's mouth. Chris Matthews has his moments of clarity and he's never been a cheerleader for the war.
At 7pm, I turned on Hardball. Matthews, however, wasn't there. In his place--no one. Oh, there was a body there, but it was a cold, dead man with no personality or presence at all. Someone named Mike Barnicle. Probably a good guy, but why he's on TV I have no idea.
Who does Barnicle bring on to discuss the possible pardon of Scooter Libby? Pat Buchanan and some random, high powered neocon lobbyist named Ron Christie. He used to work for Libby. Want some idea of the nonsense Christie was slinging? Take a look at this blogpost he wrote praising Joe Lieberman's courage.
Some diligent YouTuber posted much of what ensued on Hardball. The Christie-Buchanan debate begins about three minutes into this clip.
You'll notice that the one making sense in this clip is Pat Buchanan. The lifelong conservative supervillian is now representing the "left" side of this crucial political debate.
After seeing that, I give up. Let's do it Ron Christy's way. Pardon Libby. Go for it. While you're at it, go ahead an pick out anyone you'd like and stick them in prison--Plame, Wilson, Fitzgerald, that Al Gore has been a real nuisance. You guys are already going after Michael Moore. End the pretense of rule of law and democracy and lets just do this the neocon way.
Pardon Bush, Cheney, Gonzales, Rice, bin Laden, the whole family. Pardon Tim Griffin, Karl Rove, Sara Taylor and Kyle Samson. We can dissolve Congress and you can just appoint whoever you want to any position you like. Then there's no need for these elaborate election stealing schemes.
And you don't need to wait for the next natural or unnatural disaster to activate your slimy little sleeper provision to take power. Do it now.
What sleeper provision?
President Bush President Bush has signed a directive granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight.Here's the catastrophic emergency: Bush is President. It's the worst national catastrophe yet. Thousands of Americans are dead because of that fact and Bush's next victim is Democracy itself. So, spare us the sneak attack and just do it.
The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive" was signed May 9, notes Jerome R. Corsi in a WND column.
It was issued with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive.
The directive establishes under the office of the president a new national continuity coordinator whose job is to make plans for "National Essential Functions" of all federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president's directives in the event of a national emergency.
"Catastrophic emergency" is loosely defined as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions."
Pardon us. Pardon us so we don't have to live through the agonizing lies of the COM. Most importantly, pardon us from our responsibility to stop you. The founders of this country lived up to that responsibility, but things are different now.
Joel Hirshhorn of OpEdNews wrote a piece called, "Americans Unready to Revolt, Despite Revolting Conditions":
For a nation that was built on a revolt against oppressive governance by the British, something has been lost from our political DNA. We apparently no longer have the gene for political rebellion. It has been bred out of most of us. And those of us that urge a Second American Revolution are seen as fringe, nutty subversives.So, go ahead, W. Call off the media. Cancel the news. Fire the actors posing as anchors because we don't need them anymore and just put on jugglers, sword swallowers, belly dancers, dancing bears, clowns stuffed into Volkswagens and magicians sawing hot chicks in half.
Oh, and get Paris Hilton out of jail, we need something to pay attention to while Bush, Cheney and Grover Norquist are drowning the constitution in the bathtub.
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