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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Saturday, January 27, 2007

The comedians step in when the media abdicates

What does it say that the most eloquent criticism of the State of the Union came from a comedy show? (Rob Riggle, The Daily Show)
"An empty spectacle, a kabuki ritual of power, a president cloaking his impotence in the trappings of office, a congress masking it's seething contempt behind a façade of statesmanship…and the clapping…always the clapping. To paraphrase T.S. Elliot, John, this is how the world ends, not with a bang, not with a whimper, merely with a deafening roar of hollow applause."
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4 Comments:

  • The media critical of Bush? Up until recently it printed every lie as a statement form the lips of Caesar. The media has been more critical of those who have dared to question the decisions made by the deciderer than it has been of Bush.

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 8:31 AM  

  • It still does.

    Look at the unquestioning coverage of the recent coordinated statements by Petraeus, then Gates, then Cheney, then Snow that "showing divisiveness" (voting for the Senate resolutions) emboldens our enemies.

    This has allowed political cover now for Senators to vote no, and the media is reporting it without challenge.

    The most amazing thing is that despite the fact that Cheney, for instance, has been wrong over and over, he still gets treated as a serious commenter.

    And, starting next week, they'll start talking about Iran.


    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:48 AM  

  • Have you seen this?

    By Anonymous romunov, at 11:21 AM  

  • Yeah, I saw it on the show. I watch them all.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:00 PM  

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