Doomed: candy-assed conservatives and sniveling liberals

9 03 2011

Oh, please.

I had a nice long (eh, decently-lengthed) post about the NPR kerfuffle in mind, but the filthiness of my mood is hindering my ability to string coherent thoughts together.

So, lemme just toss a few of ’em out there, and let them scatter as they will.

  1. NPR guy Ron Schiller was dumb. Dumb for not recognizing that the Malign Pranksters are out to get everyone they don’t like. Dumb for not taking into account that NPR/Corporation for Public Broadcasting funds are subject of debate in Congress, and thus making them a likely target for such MP activity.
  2. NPR development staff was dumb for all the reasons listed in 1, and thus for not bothering to get information on a possible donor. (And development people, doncha want as much info as you can get, regardless, if only to make your own pitch more convincing?)
  3. Karma for Juan Williams? Eh.
  4. Karma for Juan William for Vivian Schiller? Eh.
  5. Schiller’s right: NPR would be better off without (i.e., freer) without federal funding.
  6. Schiller’s wrong: It’s ridiculous that the federal government buckles at the thought of liberals working for NPR.
  7. Schiller’s wrong: It’s ridiculous that the federal government buckles at the thought of NPR.
  8. NPR caved. This guy Schiller was out already, and NPR acted like a fucking Oliver Twist orphan before the cameras.
  9. NPR should have gone on the offensive and made a passionate argument in favor not only of public radio, but of public life in general.
  10. No one sticks up for public life in general.
  11. We on the left ought to stick up for public life in general.
  12. Everyone in an open society ought to stick up for public life in general.
  13. Can people who work for public agencies not have any opinions whatsoever?
  14. Can people who work in media not have any opinions whatsoever?
  15. Can people who work anywhere not have any opinions whatsoever?
  16. What about Juan Williams, again? Should NPR have fired him for his Muslims-scare-me remarks? Eh.
  17. How far can any employer go in basing employment and promotion decisions on private expressions of opinion?
  18. Does it matter that Schiller was on the job and expressing opinions?
  19. Does it matter that the opinions Schiller expressed were unkind to TeaPers?
  20. Does it matter that Juan William was not on the NPR job but his other job and expressing opinions?
  21. Why aren’t more people upset at this whole notion that any conversation might be filmed and used against you?
  22. Why aren’t more people skeptical of the Malign Pranksters, especially given their history of distorted editing and criminal activity (as in attempt to bug the office of US Senator Mary Landrieu)?
  23. I’ve been agreeing with Jeffrey Goldberg a little bit too often for my comfort level.
  24. Is there a difference between using undercover video to attack political opponents than to reveal (as in back-in-the-day 60 Minutes) wrongdoing?
  25. Given my strong beliefs in privacy, would it be wrong for me to advocate someone camping out at O’Keefe’s home or office and constantly following and taping him and all known associates?
  26. Given both my strong beliefs in privacy and the necessity of political hardball, is “fighting fire with fire” an appropriate  response?
  27. Given  my strong belief about the necessity of political hardball, is going on the offensive regarding our apparent inability to handle the fact that adults disagree about politics an appropriate response?
  28. Why is the phrase “candy-assed” (or, in G-rated form, “crybaby”) conservative not in wider use?

And those are just the thoughts I could untangle.

Fucking American politics. I mean, really.


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9 03 2011
10 03 2011
dmf

it just might be too big a modern/connected country to work anymore, time will tell. In the meantime c.a.conservatives are busy being the wrecking crew they really are gutting all manner of public realms in favor of privatized interests (hidden behind a focus on the family) and no sign yet that the prez will run (not to mention govern) against this trend.
that said NPR/PBS have gotten pretty yuppified and lost much interest in the lives of blue-collar and poorer peoples in this country. be more PBS please

10 03 2011
geekhiker

The sad thing about all of this is that, in the end, it doesn’t help anything. It doesn’t change the public discourse. It doesn’t change how media works. It doesn’t change how politics work and policies are created and implemented. it doesn’t change the fact that reporting these days bends over backwards to present “even-handed” reporting, even when the situation is not a balanced one (i.e. 90 protesters on one side, 10 on the other, shot and edited as though they were even groups).

I still think both PBS and NPR present some of the best reporting that’s currently available. There’s nothing I enjoy more than watching some corporate mouthpiece repeat the same BS answer over and over on “Frontline”: they can’t say they weren’t allowed to say their piece.

But I guess all the talk shows like to talk about this stuff rather than the real issues of the world… *sigh*

10 03 2011
absurdbeats

Oh, I know, what to do is the real question.

Still, sometimes I just need to bitch—especially when I have no answers.

11 03 2011
dmf

venting is necessary to survival, but isn’t the real question of what to do your day job? it’s good that we have folks like ee making connections for people but we need you think-tankers to help us see/plot what comes next.

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