Tuesday, May 01, 2007

After Moyers Iraq Documentary, DC Reporters in Damage-Control Mode

From AlterNet:

In the lead up to and wake of Bill Moyers' much-anticipated mega-dunk on the Washington press corps this week, we are seeing the ugliest side of Beltway culture -- the meltdown, damage-control freak out. Only what's new is that instead of politicians melting down, it's reporters themselves. And never underestimate the desperation that comes when Establishment Washington unifies to try to defend itself.

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The one thing I hate about bigtime journalism more than its rightward skew is the arrogance displayed by these celebrity journalists when they get called on their bullshit. A telling example of this kind of behavior is how the Washington press corp reacted to Stephen Colbert's speech to the White House Correspondents Association last year: as New York Times columnist Frank Rich observed over the weekend, they were pissed off, insisting it wasn't funny and in bad taste; meanwhile, everybody else was hootin' and hollerin' about how fucking funny it was. In short, these so-called reporters just don't get it. They're detached from reality and so totally full of themselves that there's very little chance they'll ever figure out how fucking stupid they are.

So I'm not at all surprised by the corporate news media's reaction to Moyers' devastating attack on their coverage of the Iraq invasion and occupation. Bunch of fucktards. Something tells me that we'll have to wait for them all to die off before we get some more sensible journalists. That means absurdity posing as public discourse for years to come.