Sunday, February 13, 2005

The 600lb. gorilla

I was watching Little George this morning (like I do every Sunday) and it was good to see Sam Donaldson again. I'd give a testicle to see him back at the White House, but I'm sure Snot "Lyin Sucka" McClellan wouldn't credential him in any case. He's no 'Jeff "Jerk-Off" Gannon'.

Anyway, Sam's on there today with the two resident idiots and pieces of furniture (Cokie "What-a-waste-of-a-good-looking-woman" Roberts and George "What-a-waste-of-my-good-air" Will), and they're talking about George Bush's policies (Social Security, Iran, North Korea, Howard Dean).

Will and Roberts tut-tutted Sam at every turn. Sam was his old self and called it right. On Howard Dean, Sam told them that Dean was a breath of fresh air for the Dems, and the right choice for the job. The Wit twins, Half and Nit, basically blew it off, saying Dean was the choice of the 'fringe' and that the Democrats should come closer to the center, both gushing over how Tim Roemer would have been the better chioce. Roemer is another one (like Ol' Joementum) who's afflicted with the hideous condition known as zellmilleritis. Sam, taking out his big brass ones for all to see, told them they were wrong. Heh, nice to see some ball from a 'journalist' (Sam is, but not many others are).

Thing is, and maybe I'm a good judge of body language (or maybe I just have my tinfoil hat on) that Half and Nit knew Sam was right. They know how wrong they are, how wrong the crap they're spewing really is. You could see it in Sam's eyes too, looking the two of them over in disgust as if to say, 'what the fuck happened to you two?'

It's the fucking 600lb. gorilla. These once-reputable journalists know they are mouthing Republican Talking Points. They know what they are saying is outright wrong, know that they are going against every ethical principle they were taught in J-school, and they can't look a principled professional in the eye when he calls them on it.

Thing that bugs me is, why?

Why would people like Roberts, who has first hand experience within the system, compromise themselves? Generally people give up their principles for a reward of some type. Where's the reward here? Is it their job? Is the corporate news monolith so powerful that these people fear speaking the truth for fear of losing their jobs? Do Will and Roberts really need the money so badly? Are they being bribed by the White House? Clearly, so many within the 'journalism' community cannot be donning blinders for idealogical reasons, can they? And why hasn't anyone pressured to look the other way come forward? Is there no one who'll stand up for their principles?

Jesus H. Christ, Stephanopolous and Donaldson brought up the 'Gannon' thing and those two just brushed it off. Seems to me that they don't value their reputations enough to be grouped into the same journalistic level of competence as 'Gannon'. Either that or they don't want to make any noise for fear people will look into their 'personal' lives.

Why is it that the Lefty Blogosphere can hammer this to death and I have yet to hear one television news organization give this more than a passing aside? Why won't anyone talk about the culpability by omission on the part of the so-called news media. Why is it the only ones connecting the dots are the people paid for their 'opinion' as opposed to true investigative journalism?

Don't tell me these people don't see this nation going down the tubes. What could be worth the silence? What do they stand to gain by not pointing out the inconsistencies in Bush policy and its public statements? When we answer that question, we wil know why the once-free press has allowed us to travel down the road toward Fascist dictatorship.

And then we will know whom to hang when we storm the gates.