Friday, May 15, 2015

Do not care about Greeks bearing gifts

After ten years and thousands of posts, I withdrew from blogging for many reasons. Among them was unreconstructed fatigue with the state of our "national conversation" on almost any topic (including, of course, that we call whatever this is a "national conversation"). To rip an object lesson from the headlines of the current news cycle, consider the latest manufactured outrage to spin up my friends on the right, the arresting news that George Stephanopoulos is a partisan for the Clintons.

As in, who could imagine that the former Communications Director and Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy in the Clinton Administration might actually like and support the Clintons? Did anybody out there need to know that Stephanopolous had given the Clinton Foundation money in order to know he was their friend and supporter? Presumably not readers of this learned blog.

Apart from the sheer tedium of this kerfuffle -- and that is all it is -- the conservative argument implicitly concedes that partisan hackery in the media depends from financial evidence. It doesn't. Quite to the contrary, personal and ideological connections are far more important, especially when reinforced by a shared enterprise as intense as waging and winning a presidential campaign. By attaching totemic significance to the money, conservatives imply that Stephanopolous' sham journalism would otherwise be objective. It isn't, and nobody should expect it to be.

But wait, didn't Stephanopolous violate some network policy about disclosing financial ties? Sure, but that policy is as figgy a leaf as there ever was. How about demanding that journalists be intellectually honest, and reminding viewers that they have a professional and personal history tied to a particular politician, party, or ideology? That might actually give effect to the "ethics" modern journalists cynically assert to legitimize their "profession."

Release the hounds.


Vaidro said...

Always a pleasure to read your posts. Hope the fatigue wears off.

Fitz said...

Missing you amongst the cacophony TH. Nice to read your brief thoughts. Not expecting this election season to alter the landscape such that you might willingly return to the blogs regularly but would love to have you back.

The Conservative Wahoo said...

You know, the plain truth of the matter is that without Bill and Hillary, GS is not where he is today. Plain gratitude would dictate that he so what he could over the years to show them/their foundation love.

"The Hammer" said...

I think you're missing the point. Everybody with at least a toe in the American political waters knows full well Stephie is in the tank for Bill and Hill, including ABC News. Everybody knows Soros is a megalomaniacal money grubbing bastard with a God complex, but so what? Proof is what you need. Cold verifiable facts to prove wrongdoing is what's necessary, and that's what conservatives have. They are justifiably trying to ruin Stephie. and I hope they do. The arrogance of the media, their blatant partisanship demands it. After all, conservatives have been crucified for a lot less. Besides, you should be cheering! When the little twerp blindsided Romney with that abortion question (I almost fell off my chair) setting off the "war on women" narrative, I knew the fix was in.

JB said...

When Brian Williams "embellished" the story about his helicopter ride, he was removed because of the impact on his "journalistic credibility". How is what George Snufflufugus did not WORSE from that perspective? Why does he still have a job?

. . . and thanks for answering my question about whatever became of you, TigerHawk.

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