As the song “Bring the Boys Back Home” was playing, those images flashed on The Wall, bringing these words to the masses:
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired,
signifies – in the final sense – a THEFT from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.”
–Dwight D. Eishenhower
Pretty powerful stuff! Here’s a short snippet of that part of the show
And what I shot…
Yes, pretty incredible. But if you go, my advice is to sit in the middle – even if you’re all the way in the back of the arena. You’ll see everything straight on.
On today’s show, I brought you up to date on the insanity that is Florida politics and the latest on the crazy woman who will now not be Allen West’s chief of staff but will remain on the air, spouting her “peace loving” ways. I kid you not.
In hour two, Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars joined in for our weekly “Fools on the Hill’ segment…
There’s a famous fable of a snake who convinces a person (sometimes it’s a farmer, sometimes it’s a little girl, other times it’s another animal) to carry them across a rushing river to the other side. The person is initially distrustful, but the snake promises to not hurt him. But sure enough, once picked up, the snake does turn around and bite the person and remorselessly points out when the person cries out at the betrayal that he should have always known that was the snake’s nature.
The point of the fable, I guess, is a warning of putting undue trust in destructive relationships. And I think that the service that sites like Crooks and Liars provides is to remind people of that fundamental nature of the snake, hopefully so they think twice before trusting that snake.
In terms of the Sunday shows, I think most people are savvy enough to know that all politicians are snakes. But what I hope that I show is that the media are snakes too and we should not trust them either, no matter how much they cajole us.
Case in point, listen to Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus chide anyone who is opposed to the Debt Commission (aka the Catfood commission)’s recommendations as “behaving incredibly childishly”. Thankfully, Paul Krugman is there to inject a little sense.
And then there is David Gregory, who doesn’t even try to fake balance on his show. In a roundtable discussion of the economy, he invites disgraced former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich and might-as-well-be Republican Harold Ford, Jr to advocate for cutting Social Security to solve the economic ills. (It’s almost a 9 minute clip, but full of discussion points. May be worth stopping and starting it to discuss) At this point, I will say that it’s my official stance that anyone who shows such deference to Newt Gingrich and Republican talking points as Ford does in this clip has absolutely no place in Democratic leadership or representing the Democrats.
Gregory also habitually dismisses his responsibility to provide context or fact-checking—you know, actual journalism—to his viewers and he did it again at a Politico function with all the major hosts of the Sunday shows. When asked by a self-identified member of the “Independent Media” why no one has mentioned the enormous American embassies being built in Iraq and Haiti, Gregory simply waves it off and part and parcel of the huge amounts of money spent in these wars, without actually acknowledging that they didn’t cover that either.
On the political front, McCain made his 24th or 25th appearance on a Sunday news show since his 2008 loss. McCain’s goal on Meet the Press? To move the goalposts on repealing DADT in view of the preliminary reports last week that predicted no problem with allowing gays to openly serve in the military.
And along the same lines of changing goalposts, McCain BFF Lindsey Graham thinks that 2014 is a much more realistic withdrawal date from Afghanistan. All of this information goes past Christiane Amanpour without a single question about what’s going to be any different in 2014 than in 2011 (or in 2008, come to that) to reflect that realism.