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Somerby:

For whatever reason, Obama’s campaign had peddled some ludicrous swill which came to them straight from the Murdochs*. But so what? ...

Your culture—your post-Enlightenment culture—turns on a few basic notions. One such notion would be this: You aren’t allowed to make sh*t up. There are basic interpretive rules you must apply if you’re searching for truth—for the facts. And if you are a decent person, you won’t rush to imagine the most evil things about candidates you may not prefer.

Our culture will disintegrate under [the current] regimen. When a culture can’t honor its most basic precepts, then, as written: Things fall apart. In this century, the Chinese will have values and emphases which differ from ours. But as a rising power, they won’t clown as they pursue their values, as we now clown around about ours.

Bingo. Or, perhaps....

Tilt.

NOTE But wasn't Obama smart to push this smear right before the PBC meeting? He might have picked up a delegate or two! Truly, the power of our famously free press is teh awsum, and Obama is the man to wield it! The precious! Oh, my precious!

NOTE * The smear being that Hillary desired Obama's death, just like RFK's. And all on the basis of a round of Obama Golf. Every single player involved in propagating this smear, without exception, is FITH.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

not become just like them.

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“Rules are not necessarily sacred,
principles are.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Submitted by lambert on

... and way more virulent than we thought.

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

That's how you get rid of a plague and that's what the media is.

For me, the best thing about Clinton is how much the Village hates her. Sure, she's too centrist and too cautious, but they H-A-T-E her and watching her win despite that hate would've been glorious even if I wouldn't get all of the policies I want. I'm not getting them with Obama either, only now I have to watch the Village crow over taking down another Big Dem. And I admit part of my dislike for Obama flows from my innate mistrust of anyone Andy Sullivan, Chris Matthews and Tim Russert tells me to nominate. Those are endorsements from hell right there.

But back to the Village. They still mock Gore. After eight years of the worst president in history and Gore winning the Noble Prize, they still mock him. What more do you need to know about any of these people or their affect on our culture than that?

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Submitted by orionATL on

is the only option,

beginning with

separating the head from the body, i.e.,

limit corporations for collecting media outlets like monopoly properties.

somerby is right, cultures can rot.

american political culture is rotting.

that's why the bush administration could ignore with impunity both the constitution and our political traditions.

the weblogs were, in my mind, to be the counterweight.

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Submitted by cal1942 on

But the a-list boyz turned out to be every bit as bad as the traditional media.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

On that wonderful progressive network MSNBC and its coverage of the run-up to the Iraq war - here. Here's the direct link to his interview with Jeff Cohen, Donahue's producer on MSNBC's decision to cancel its highest rated show because it was anti-war - here.

And, of course, his earlier post about The Politico and how it set off this RFK crap and then realized it had started a story about nothing (and yet doesn't care) and how it has a history of doing this sort of shit - here.

But, hey, so long as they say nice things about Obama, who cares? It's not like Hillary isn't a bitch who totally deserves it, so what's the harm?

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Submitted by amberglow on

Guardian-- Rupert Murdoch heaps praise on Barack Obama -- http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/may...

"... Speaking at the Wall Street Journal D6 conference in Carlsbad, California, Murdoch was asked by veteran tech correspondent Walt Mossberg if he had played a part in the New York Post's endorsement of Obama.

"Yeah," he replied, candidly. The select audience of entrepreneurs and digital business executives at the conference earlier this week cheered, as can be seen in the accompanying video.

"We're on the verge of a complete phenomenon," Murdoch said. "Politicians are at an all-time low and are despised by 80% of the public, and then you've got a candidate trying to put himself out above it all. He's become a rock star. It's fantastic.

"There are a lot of problems. The education system in this country is a total disgrace."

Murdoch heaped praise on Obama, saying he was a "highly intelligent man with a great record at Harvard", but stopped short of a full personal endorsement because he wanted "to meet him personally".
..."

(his supporters really need to ask why so many rightwingers are for him)

Submitted by cg.eye on

"“We’re on the verge of a complete phenomenon,” Murdoch said. “Politicians are at an all-time low and are despised by 80% of the public, and then you’ve got a candidate trying to put himself out above it all. He’s become a rock star. It’s fantastic."

AND WHOSE GODDAMN FAULT IS THAT?

Ever since he took over the Post, he's put scandal and scorn and borderline libel on his front page, and brought down the politicians who if given a chance to exist outside the corporations whose interests he has always served, would have been popular. Hell, the man he tried to bring down was *still* popular despite impeachment.

It's like watching a stalker glow in the light of burning his ex-girlfriend's house down, as the ambulance taking her away leaves, as he tells the cops that she'll need a caregiver for the rest of her life.... and it might as well be him.

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Submitted by FlipYrWhig on

Obama supporters have beaten the hell out of Hillary for schmoozing with Murdoch. What are the chances this episode will raise their hackles?

[pause]

Exactly.

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Submitted by CMike on

Bob Somerby writes:

Our culture will disintegrate under [the current] regimen. When a culture can’t honor its most basic precepts, then, as written: Things fall apart. In this century, the Chinese will have values and emphases which differ from ours. But as a rising power, they won’t clown as they pursue their values, as we now clown around about ours.

As Rod Serling used to say, "submitted for your consideration..."

(David Seaton also wrote an Obama bashing version of this post.)