Fiddling While It Burns

Celebrating Cronkite while ignoring what he did | 18/07/2009

Sometimes I forget just how beautifully Glenn Greenwald can describe the problems with mainstream journalism. From Salon.com:

“Media stars will spend ample time flamboyantly commemorating Cronkite’s death as though he reflects well on what they do…. In fact, within Cronkite’s actual moments of real journalism one finds the essence of journalism that today’s modern media stars not only fail to exhibit, but explicitly disclaim as their responsibility.”

It’s a pretty narrative story so I recommend reading the whole thing.

In the post-Bush world, many have been just a little too keen to move on, without reflection or reform. The fact is, everything that happened in the last 8 years was due to the failure of those who should have done something about it, from Congress to the courts to the electorate.

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3 Comments »

  1. Get over your Bush Derangement Syndrome. He certainly made horrific mistakes, but he wasn’t the evil creature that the un-American Liberals paint him to be.

    Also, while the MSM first showed the epths of thei failure during Bush’s administration, they didn’t truly show the depths of their corruption until the 2008 elections.

    Comment by jonolan — 19/07/2009 @ 12:02 am

  2. Jonolan, I don’t see where I’ve used any moral terms for Bush in this post. And you might want to remember that the internet is an international community – un-American doesn’t necessarily fly here as an insult – and if you take the time to research what liberalism actually means, you’ll find that it’s actually the founding ideology of the American republic – there is nothing more American than liberalism.

    The label ‘liberal’ tends to be used to mean social democrat in American discussion, but that doesn’t make it so. In fact, some of the most cherished principles of Americans who consider themselves ‘conservative’ are those of classical liberalism – minimal interference from government, the sacred nature of private property, individual responsibility. So try and get the terminology right.

    Comment by andrewriddle — 19/07/2009 @ 6:55 pm

  3. Andrew,

    I’m an American. I use the pejorative, “Liberal” in the context of modern American society and politics.

    Comment by jonolan — 19/07/2009 @ 7:49 pm


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