Oh, the humanity! The outrage! Charges against cavalier media attacks on Sarah Palin and her family are apparently – get this – “cavalier.” The upstanding Los Angeles Times has the story. I nearly spewed a mouthful of coffee when I read the first direct quote, from NBC News President Steve Capus.
(Warning: Hot coffee entering sinus cavity hurts. Don’t drink and read. Proceed at own risk.)
News executives Thursday tried to shake off the excoriations of the media emanating from the Republican National Convention, defending their coverage of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as responsible and evenhanded.
While top television network officials and newspaper editors largely dismissed the critiques as partisan rhetoric, some fretted that charges of media bias had reached a new and disturbing level.
“I really do take exception to it,” NBC News President Steve Capus said. “These terms get thrown around in an awfully cavalier way, and they’re incredibly damaging. We’re in the business where words matter, and those are awfully, awfully strong accusations.“
“We’re in the business where words matter, and those are awfully, awfully strong accusations.” Funny, I thought he was talking about the plethora of accusations and insinuations made by NBC (in all its wondrous forms) and the rest of the Obama Campaign Communications Department – errrr, I mean media.
Silly rabbit. Trix are for kids. He was defending himself and his fellow DNC Communications Directors and affiliated Character Assassins.
Yes, Mr. Capus. Words mean things. And journalists (and those who play one on TV) choose them meticulously. We heard them and read them as spoken and written. Check the polls, sir. The collective media cannot be so blatantly in the bag for one candidate and out for blood for another and expect to be taken at face value or even seriously. Olbermann doesn’t have that many viewers.
And as a result, we are extremely angry at the collective smear campaign afoot on one hand. And on the other hand, we are laughing so hard at the entertaining self-defense above that hot coffee drips painfully from our nostrils.
In my experience studying terrorism and terrorist groups, I’ve learned one undeniable truth while observing through my conservative lens. Liberals are like terrorists in one regard: You can rage, you can scream at them, you can cry, you can denounce them, you can even fight them – but don’t ever, ever laugh at them. Man, do they both hate that.
Read his quote again, and laugh. Go check the polls this morning, and laugh. Capus & Company are to me like Wile E. Coyote (Super Genius) who still can’t catch up to the Road Runner. Today, he’s like Wile E.’s wide eyes after running off the cliff, his body already falling to the desert floor and his head suspended, looking right at you in stunned disbelief awaiting inevitable impact.
I picture video of the above LAT interview to look and sound a lot like Baghdad Bob, proclaiming that there are no US troops in Baghdad, none! Meanwhile, the distinct sounds of rattling, squeaking tracks of M1A1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles echo from just over his shoulder.
Who knew Baghdad Bob had taken on a lucrative career in consulting and mentoring?
I liked Baghdad Bob. He had a tough job, selling fiction for a psychopath. But, unlike the American media, he would have been shot at sunrise for deviating anywhere near the truth.
Wile E. Capus, Super Genius.