Wednesday, August 16, 2006

mexico media blackout.

* cjr:
"On last weekend's Chris Matthews Show, New York Times columnist David Brooks made the following loose-lipped declaration: "One of the things I've found in life is that politicians are a lot more sincere than us journalists and we are more sincere than the people that read and watch us."
Brooks seems to have conflated cynicism with paranoia in an effort to continue his longstanding battle against conspiracy theorists. He said that the public's cynicism is "stupid' and "pseudointellectual" since "most people in public office are pretty honest.""
paging driftglass.

* Noise:
"Watched a clip of Mary Matalin on FOX and it's messed w/ my mind. You know you're in trouble when John Gibson plays the "moderator" role in an interview."
lol. Matalin is a trip.

* Digby:
"George Felix Allen is the most disgusting serious candidate for president this country has produced in many decades. The fact that he's backed by a large number of powerful mainstream Republicans for the nomination shows what that party really is, even now, after all this time."

* robert fisk:
"I used to wear a flak jacket in Bosnia, but no more. Ever since a bullet penetrated the neck of a colleague and was kept within his body by the iron jacket - going round and round until it had destroyed his kidneys, liver and heart - I have refused to touch these things. Better to die in shirtsleeves."
no wonder the WATB 101st keyboardists hate him.

* robert fisk:
"A long radio interview with an Israeli professor who says "the number of people killed [in this war] doesn't reflect morality". Well, at more than a thousand Lebanese civilians dead against a few dozen Israelis, it can't reflect morality because, if it did, that would suggest Israel was committing war crimes."

* CIF:
"A couple of years ago television, radio and print media in the west just couldn't get enough of "people power". In quick succession, from Georgia's rose revolution in November 2003, via Ukraine's orange revolution a year later, to the tulip revolution in Kyrgyzstan and the cedar revolution in Lebanon, 24-hour news channels kept us up to date with democracy on a roll.

Triggered by allegations of election fraud, the dominoes toppled. The US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, was happy with the trend: "They're doing it in many different corners of the world, places as varied as Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan and, on the other hand, Lebanon ... And so this is a hopeful time."

But when a million Mexicans try to jump on the people-power bandwagon, crying foul about the July 2 presidential elections, when protesters stage a vigil in the centre of the capital that continues to this day, they meet a deafening silence in the global media. Despite Mexico's long tradition of electoral fraud and polls suggesting that Andrés Manuel López Obrador - a critic of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) - was ahead, the media accepted the wafer-thin majority gained by the ruling party nominee, Harvard graduate Felipe Calderón.
But Mexico is different because it is so under-reported. The cruel reality is that "people power" has become a global brand. But like so many global brands it is owned by Americans. Mexicans and any other "populists" who try to copy it should beware that they're infringing a copyright. No matter how many protesters swarm through Mexico City or how long they protest, it is George Bush and co who decide which people truly represent The People. People power turns out to be about politics, not arithmetic."


Don said...

"One of the things I've found in life is that politicians are a lot more sincere than us journalists and we are more sincere than the people that read and watch us."

While we can't say for fact who in the halls of power is making money from narcotics proliferation, I think we can now safely identify one of the spenders...

People power turns out to be about politics, not arithmetic

I disagree, it's perfectly arithmetical (is that a word?):

To wit: V(d)=D(d)

Which is to say, the value (V) of democratic evolution/revolution (d) is directly proportional to the event's distance (D) from Washington, DC. Thus, the obsession with Iran, which is literally on the other side of the world from the Beltway.

(all of which assumes Shrub knows what an atlas is... and can read a map... or read... ok, so it's a stretch!!)

lukery said...

Blinky: Atlas?

rimone said...

hyuk, hyuk, hyuk, Lukery. :-)

lukery said...

thnx for catching the reference :-)

rimone said...

i'm not really a total moron, i just play one on the internets. :-)

Don said...

Ok, for something completely unfunny, check this out: Bush now vs Bush 12 years ago. The deterioration is downright frightening.

LeeB said...

Heh. Good one, Luke.

and Rimone . . .

and Don . . .