Sunday, September 07, 2008

How the Left Went Berserk

Seems a lot of the European press is more in tune with reality than the American media. Probably because most of our media is in the midst of a meltdown.
For once, the postmodern theories so many of them were taught at university are a help to the rest of us. As a Christian, conservative anti-abortionist who proved her support for the Iraq War by sending her son to fight in it, Sarah Palin was 'the other' - the threatening alien presence they defined themselves against. They might have soberly examined her reputation as an opponent of political corruption to see if she was truly the reformer she claimed to be. They might have gently mocked her idiotic creationism, while carefully avoiding all discussion of the racist conspiracy theories of Barack Obama's church.

But instead of following a measured strategy, they went berserk. On the one hand, the media treated her as a sex object. The New York Times led the way in painting Palin as a glamour-puss in go-go boots you were more likely to find in an Anchorage lap-dancing club than the Alaska governor's office.

On the other, liberal journalists turned her family into an object of sexual disgust: inbred rednecks who had stumbled out of Deliverance. Palin was meant to be pretending that a handicapped baby girl was her child when really it was her wanton teenage daughter's. When that turned out to be a lie, the media replaced it with prurient coverage of her teenage daughter, who was, after all, pregnant, even though her mother was not going to do a quick handover at the maternity ward and act as if the child was hers.

Hatred is the most powerful emotion in politics. At present, American liberals are not fighting for an Obama presidency. I suspect that most have only the haziest idea of what it would mean for their country. The slogans that move their hearts and stir their souls are directed against their enemies: Bush, the neo-cons, the religious right.
This has all manifested in an orgiastic frenzy of hatred and venom directed at a woman unknown to the freaks just two weeks ago. Now they're fumbling and tripping over themselves to invent lies, distortions and half-truths, shredding all credibility or pretense of objectivity.

It's exhausting just trying to keep up with the fabrications.

But at least someone's doing it.

Seems to me the Atlantic might want to have a chat with their resident nutcase who's gone over the deep end. Dean Barnett has a look at that sad situation.

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