Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it.

Sigh. I don't really expect this to get better.

Pelosi may have another problem. As the crop of freshly elected Democrats — including many younger ones who campaigned to the right of the party line — came to Capitol Hill for orientation Monday, they encountered a leadership dominated by mostly liberal, old-school Democrats.

A couple of questions for the LA Times reporter: what exactly is the Democratic "party line" and what is your evidence that newly elected young Democrats "campaigned to the right" of it?

So much of what seems to be accepted as benchmarks to political discussion these days seems wholly seperated from reality. This model of the political breakdown of the two major parties is thirty years old. Old and busted: Democrats are hippy, liberal whackos. New hotness: Democrats represent the mainstream of American values.

6 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

I sense a Fark.com reader.

Dean Wormer said...

Guilty.

Although I also know that quote's from Men In Black 2 and Will Smith.

Aaron said...

As a hippy, liberal whacko I should feel insulted!

The fact that a mainstream media outlet like the LA Times is parroting this nonsense from right wing blogs and Fox News shows how irrelevant the older media, especially newspapers, are becoming. I mean, have you read the Snoregonian lately? The only thing it's good for is news about the Blazers (like anyone still cares) and reviews of "hipster" restaurants and bars. (Are Oregonian writers contractually obligated to use the word "hipster" in their stories? They use it all the time).

Before the election I saw "All the President's Men" on TV. Great movie but it's hard to see reporters from a mainstream media organisation being allowed to doggedly pursue a story like that today.

Overdroid said...

The old media is doomed. This is both good and bad. It leaves room for pure propaganda, but also leaves room for the truth. Unfortunately people have to be far more proactive now in order to get to objective truth, even though its easier to get to.

Dean Wormer said...

Aaron,

You forgot Food Day. Sometimes they have good recipes. ;-)

Other than that the Oregonian is just as worthless as you say. "Hipster" is in the contract of writers, I checked with my buddy Steve Duin.

No competition breeds mediocrity.

As for All the President's Men it just makes me sad. Particularly when I consider what a hack Bob Woodward turned into later in life.

Dean Wormer said...

Droid-

You're right. We shouldn't have to work this hard to get the truth.