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Ira Glass Accepts Establishment Liberal Gold Medal

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Professional establishment liberal media self-promoter Ira Glass proudly accepts his reward for services rendered to the empire. The judges gave their highest score to Glass' perfect execution of this triple-gainer with a pike, where Glass manages to establish maximum liberal cred on the subject matter, while simultaneously denigrating the entire concept of not having swallowed Oliver North-esque propaganda of the 1980's at the time*:

OK, before we dive into this story, just a quick history review. Now, I myself was the kind of insufferable, politically correct person who was obsessed with Latin America back in the 1980s. I called Nicaragua “Neek-ar-ah-wah,” and actually went to Nicaragua for a month during the fifth anniversary of the Sandinista revolution. I traveled in Guatemala during the civil war. You, however, might be what we call a normal person and didn't do any of that.

That is what you call a "target-rich" environment. If your target was bullshit.


The headline: "This American Life Whitewashes U.S. Crimes in Central America, Wins Peabody Award". In other news, a dog tipped over its water dish today in Kansas City, Kansas. Film at 11.

*Who else aside from insufferable, politically-correct persons would "actually went" to some place like Central America anyway? Or was he just that kind of person, while not actually being one of those persons? This is why our boy Ira is a pro, and you are not.

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Submitted by Neil in Chicago on

OTOH, This American Life has done excellent work on the gutting of the American economy.
I'm more inclined to see Ira Glass as a 24/7 self-promoter with exceptional marketing skills and the political sophistication of a clam.

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Submitted by goldberry on

It sounds to me like he is making fun of his own pretentiousness. What am missing?
I love Ira Glass and think This American Life is one of the best things on the radio. Met him in person last year. The guy's got a big head. No, seriously, his head is ginormous.
Check put this pick of the kid and Ira doing their best serious news look.

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Submitted by okanogen on

Yes, in that quote he is making fun of the pretentiousness of anyone who didn't swallow the US government line on Central America, because "it's complicated". He is a "mature" liberal now. He gets "nuance" and 11-dimesional chess. Because this is the Obama era, and being absolutist on things like, oh say, US-government sponsored death squads, is so naive 1980's insufferable and pretentious. Ha ha.

You don't get that?

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Submitted by goldberry on

Oh, it was the Dos Erres episode. I feel a bit like Diego Montoya on this one. Glass tells a STORY. That story contains a nugget of humanity in it. In this case, it was about a brutal massacre and the child raised by his family's killer. There were plenty of details about the killings, all of them difficult to listen to. I don't recall anyone saying what role the Americans had in this event. That wasn't the focus of the story. The focus was this boy and his father and who he really is. Introducing politics into that story would have made it more suitable for a different radio show, one that was more objective about events. That's not really where Glass was coming from. Now his remark about Nee-har-ah-wah makes sense. He went there when he was younger with a politically correct attitude but matured over the years to see the effect of the war of actual people. All politics are local.

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Submitted by okanogen on

Gee, Ira Glass, "it's a story"*.... where have I heard that before? Oh yeah!

I like this, though: "more objective about events". Gotta be careful about being "objective about events". And yes, you don't "recall anyone saying what role the Americans had in this event", because that is exactly the point! It's down the memory hole, thanks to people like Ira.

*[sniff, sniff, please leave Ira alooooonnneeeee!!!!!]

Submitted by Hugh on

There is a fundamental contradiction between our pundit and professionally insightful elites and their failure to engage in the basic realities of our times, kleptocracy, class war, wealth inequality, the surveillance state, the two-tiered legal system, and American empire. They either miss the point entirely or leave it mostly missed. After a while, this inevitably raises two questions. First, how can they justify their position and privileges based on their insightfulness when they can't even get the basics right? Second, at what point do they become enablers for the rich and elites and their looting and depredations?

It's been years since I listened to This American Life or NPR. Even Bill Moyers who is about as liberal as public whatever gets can't really escape his Establishmentarianism and belief in the fundamental solidity of the system. But then belief in the system is probably a cornerstone of liberalism. Anyway if Moyers can't do it, then I doubt that Glass who is a much lighterweight could do it either.

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Submitted by Alexa on

in his book "Death Of The Liberal Class." A brief synopsis of the book below.

Book Description, Publication Date: November 29, 2011.

For decades the liberal class was a defense against the worst excesses of power. But the pillars of the liberal class— the press, universities, the labor movement, the Democratic Party, and liberal religious institutions—have collapsed. In its absence, the poor, the working class, and even the middle class no longer have a champion.

In this searing polemic Chris Hedges indicts liberal institutions, including his former employer, the New York Times, who have distorted their basic beliefs in order to support unfettered capitalism, the national security state, globalization, and staggering income inequalities.

Hedges argues that the death of the liberal class created a profound vacuum at the heart of American political life. And now speculators, war profiteers, and demagogues— from militias to the Tea Party—are filling the void.