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Thursday, June 30, 2011

It's a disease.....

I titled this a disease because it is a virus that attacked us in the 80's and has now taken over. Politics has gone 'celeb-reality'. Our media have failed us by accepting and propagating this veneer. It's a disease because it can be cured. By us.

Mark Halperin is a dick. Not only a dick, but a stupid one who couldn't find his way out of a paper bag. Yet, he remains one of the far too many 'experts' who mislead and downright lie to us. For what? Money. Power. Greed. Call it what you like, I am going to call it a disease.

Greg Sargent nails it......
I care less about Halperin’s use of the word “dick” than I do about the argument he and Joe Scarborough were making — that Obama somehow stepped over some kind of line in aggressively calling out the GOP for refusing to allow any revenues in a debt ceiling deal. This notion that Obama’s tone was somehow over the top — when politics is supposed to be a rough clash of visions — is rooted in a deeply ingrained set of unwritten rules about what does and doesn’t constitute acceptable political discourse that really deserve more scrutiny. This set of rules has it that it should be treated as a matter of polite, legitimate disagreement when Michele Bachmann says deeply insane things about us not needing to raise the debt limit, but it should be seen as an enormously newsworthy gaffe when she commits a relatively minor error about regional trivia. This set of rules has it that it should be treated as a matter of polite, legitimate disagreement when Republicans continually claim that Dems cut $500 billion in Medicare in a way that will directly impact seniors, even though fact checkers have pronounced it misleading, but it should be seen as “demagoguery” when Dems argue that the Paul Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it.

Go read it here.

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