Monday, August 22, 2005

Short Story is this. Austin Bay guest blogged at PressThink with an interesting article regarding Bush's relationship and strategy with the press. Bay has criticism for the press and for Bush, and Jay Rosen, who runs the site, commented on the article.

The reason I am bringing this up is not only is the article worth reading, but the comments are as well. While they are voluminous, they are very telling regarding some off the MSM reporters attitudes about the public (bullboys and fools), bias (does not exist, but if it does its conservative) and hyprocrisy (its okay for us, no one else).

After putting my two cents in, I was challenged by Steve Lovelady, who rather than engaging me on the merits, started at the outset to dismiss and demean me. What ensued was a some of the most unbelievable displays of arrogance, denial and hypocrisy that I have seen in a while. It was topped off by this sanctimonious post by Rosen, closing out the thread:

I'm embarrassed that this thread appeared at my weblog. I'm embarrassed that something I wrote and edited was the occasion for it. I embarrassed that the letters "edu" appear in the Web address at the top of this page, since most of this is the opposite of education. I'm embarrassed for having entertained, even for a second, the notion that Austin Bay, a Bush supporter and war veteran, might get a hearing for some of his warnings from those who agree with him on most things.

And I've had enough of anonymous tough guys with their victim's mentality raging at their own abstractions...

Those who wish to continue can head over to Austin's thread, where the story is pretty much the same. But four days of this pathetic spectacle is enough for me.

Thread closed. My advice: Go home to your wives and children, and breathe some truth.

It could be that I have a splitting headache right now, but this arrogance is just too much for me to take. These people are SO horrified and angry that they have to answer for their actions from the unwashed masses that it makes them feel dirty. While I can't take all the 'credit' for Rosen's post, I know that it was written at least in part towards me.

I was certainly sarcastic and acerbic to Steve Lovelady, but I did not give anything I did not get in the first place, and in return. I did not curse, I was not really nasty, and I thought I kept getting back to the points at hand, even when they were not interested.

I particularly like the part about Austin fans are not able to accept his warnings for those who agree with him. What about the criticism of the reporters? Has none of this sunk in? Can they deny any of this? Sure they can! Hell, they don't even acknowledge it.

Look I am pissed, but I am going to revisit this in a day or two and reexamine what happened to see if I was out of line, even though provoked. But right now, I just cannot believe this attitude on the part of Rosen and his pals. It is galling to me.



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