Sunday, May 16, 2004

Media does matter 

In case you didn't know (and if you're not a political junkie like me, chances are you didn't), David Brock, the former right-wing muckraker behind many of the anti-Clinton "scandals"/fabrications of the American Spectator in the 1990s, has set up a media criticism site which looks primarily at the conservative media from a leftist viewpoint.

You see, somewhere amidst the constant slime being flung at Clinton during his presidency (much of it originating with Mr. Brock), Brock decided that the people he was associating with didn't care about what the truth was, or even about the effect that what they were doing had on the country. They were only interested in one thing - winning at any cost. So he left. Afterwards, he published his own account (Blinded by the Right)of his time as a cog in the right-wing smear machine. This site is the next step in his full repudiation of his former self and associates.

His latest target is Rush Limbaugh's comparison of the Iraqi prison torture to a frat hazing, among other things. He's even going to run a commercial contrasting Rumsfeld's testimony ("fundamentally un-American") with Rush's ("You ever heard of emotional release? You ever heard of needing to blow some steam off?")

I know it isn't news that Rush is an insensitive windbag who remains on the air only because the rubes who take him seriously vote Republican (and by Damp-Rid and the various baldness cures and get rich quick schemes advertised on his show), but rarely is his tendency to minimize anything which could hurt someone with an (R) after their name on display so clearly.

Check out the rest of the site too (www.mediamatters.org) - he's doing good work since he saw the light.

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