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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Rove's book

Political books tend to have two basic tenors. 1) The score settling tell all or 2) Attempts to rewrite or reframe the unpopular.

The AP has the first blurbs I've seen from a new Karl Rove book, and it seems he's quite strongly in the latter category.
Rove depicts Bush as a courageous and resolute leader whose conduct in office was forever shaped by the Sept. 11 attacks. He calls Bush's achievements over two terms "impressive, durable and significant" and says many of the controversies that weakened his presidency were falsehoods perpetuated by political opponents.

(PS. It even spins in the headline. The headline is, "Rove admits to error on Iraq as Bush strategist," but the "error" he cites is not confronting Bush critics hard enough.

Not exactly what I had in mind.)


  • American's, I am convinced, view history as a docu-drama TV show. "Facts" can be created, changed or ignored in order to reinforce sentimental, nostalgic or even delusional ideas. Issues are conflated. Complexity is simplified. "My" side is always right and -- frighteningly too common -- "your side", my fellow Americans, re the "enemy."

    We will believe anything our favorite media outlet tells us. We have become a nation that loathes intellect. That celebrates "truthiness" over science. And is too lazy to think... only feel.

    We are not the nation we think we are. Today's America could not put a man on the moon. Could not create the interstate highway system. etc etc. It will be up to other nations to engineer and develop green economies and industries. The great, world-defining changes will not come from the US in this century... Unless it's becoming a militarily rogue nation.

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:17 AM  

  • That's something of a fact of the "channeling" of the media. You can now find media to support what you already believe, and, frankly, that's what most people are looking for. News to them is not facts but a morality play.

    Hence the connection to TV.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:35 AM  

  • tv news that was fact-based would help a little... except for PBS news, and real-time CSPAN, we have precious little of it.

    By Blogger r8r, at 8:42 AM  

  • I hate to tell ya, people mostly don't want it.

    They want what they're consuming., a self reinforcing narrative.

    It has to do with why people watch news.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:49 AM  

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