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The "New Republic" syndrome

See Glenn.

Yes, apparently it's "the New Republic Syndrome" that's responsible for the Democratic Party's position FISA, among other things. Fancy that!

Smooth move, there, Glenn.

Nice deflection.

Gotta hand it to you.

Although, last I checked, Marty Peretz wasn't the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, who was wished on us by Glenn, among many of our other tribunes of the people on the A list.....

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willyjsimmons's picture
Submitted by willyjsimmons on

Rabble-Rouser!

I swear, I'm prepared to go into deep hibernation until 2012. My delicate sensibilities simply cannot take any more of this fuckery.

I had already started to take shit personally, but this is getting too deep, man.

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Submitted by Pat J on

So far I have cancelled: The Nation, Time, Newsweek.

I no longer watch MSNBC or CNN. Dropped out of the Sunday morning talk shows weeks ago.

No longer visit about 10 blogs that I did in the past and find myself confined to about 4 that I consider civil.

My life has been reduced to reading very few papers and my time online is a fraction of what it once was. If this keeps up I will insist that Lambert be considered for the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, and the Man of the Year awards because his will be one of the few I still gather facts from.

I no longer have a life!!

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

where do we get our information from? This is perhaps the most troubling thing about Obama's candidacy. We are soon going to end up in a Hobbesian media battle where the best propaganda peddler determines most aspects of our nation's policies.

And keep in mind that it was so-called progressives who pushed us to this point. Many of those who want to fight this will go along and support the new status quo, albeit "tepidly".

When is "winning" worth going several steps backward?

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Submitted by Historiann on

It seems to me that you're getting your life back! Cutting out the noise is a blow for mental health in our lifetime. (Think of all the money you'll spend because you won't need blood pressure medication!)

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

to look at the foreign press from different countries, get information directly from sources that provide it (research institutes, etc) and we need

PB 2.0 to do the work of analysis and critique.

Lambert does it, of course, relentlessly.

I try to do it at my blog, and here occasionally (until the next round of Senior Fellows bitching about the riff-raffs messing up their place) and I try to do it with Charles Lemos at By The Fault.

And there are many other places as well.

Some big blogs still do it: Digby comes to mind.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

That's my name for PB2.0. I still don't think we are laying out a framework for PB2.0. We have a hodgepodge of blogs, but no real infrastructure in place to prevent a repetition of PB1.0.

The rise of the Obamasphere means that there are essentially two powerful propaganda wings in our series of tubes: the VRWC and the left-wing equivalent. Things were easier when their was only one entity which needed to be combated. Moving forward, it's going to be hard to challenge both simultaneously since both will attack to maintain their power.

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Submitted by FrenchDoc on

but we can do it. The hodgepodge of blogs can become more than that if we want it to.

And yes, we will be attacked. So what, we are already being attacked just for existing.

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Submitted by BobbyK on

Glenn goes after obama pretty well here

Unless you are making the claim that Glenn is trying to mitigate his earlier criticisms-which he may very well be doing.

Submitted by Paul_Lukasiak on

...and a subliminal projection of his guilt.

after all, what is Glenn saying here? People that we should be able to rely upon for unbiased and insightful information and ideas consitently fall down on the job by adopting "village" conventional wisdom....

Kinda like what Greenwald spent the last five months doing with regard to the Democratic Primary.

Just as the Village and its fellow travelers ignored the fact that the case for war in Iraq was full of whole, so to did the village and the fauxgressives like Greenwald who gave us Obama ignore the massive amount of information that Obama was a hoorible choice for the nominee.

All that mattered to Greenwald et. al. was 'the big picture' i.e. "the Clintons are evil, and Obama represents change". Any information that contradicted the 'big picture' was treated as an (expected) anomoly, i.e. "the exception that 'proves' the rule" -- and assiduously ignored.

And anything, regardless of how ridiculous or idiotic that could be shoehorned into the 'big picture' was immediately adopted as gospel truth -- from Greenwald's smear of Bill Clinton's remarks about South Carolina, to his sycophantic reaction to 'the greatest speech on race relations EVAH."

And Greenwald's strategy is necessary for his psychological well being -- he is completely committed to the idea that McCain is evil incarnate, and thus the idea of going back and figuring out how he could have been so wrong about Obama is unacceptable.

I mean, think about it.....why would greenwald be writing about the New Republic right now? Its because its the only way that he can process his own failure -- he's assigning his ouwn failure to TNR, because facing it is far too traumatic

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Submitted by orionATL on

your new yorker stories, lambert.

i have my new republic stories.

from the time i was a teenager, i was a subscriber. until about +_15 years ago, maybe 20, i don't now quite remember, when it became a foolish and a booooring journal.

later the wapo.

later the nytimes.

the weblog world is still in its infancy, and it has managed, faster than political magazines or a-list newspapers to misreport and misrepresent.

what's left?

keeping rich folk's paws off all news media, period.

unlike people,

mastheads never die. they just go into lawyers' filing cabinets, and can be raised again, at will.

my replacement model would be a version of the st. pete times and the poynter foundation.

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Submitted by oceansandmountains on

I often agree with OrionATL's points, when I can work through the haiku to get 'em. Short paragraphs, I can handle. The randomly-spaced clauses, not so much.

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Submitted by orionATL on

it's not apparent yet, but i am giving this matter a lot of thought. some of this is just impulsive and impatient writing. the punctuation is beginning to bother even me. i suspect at least half of it is completely unnecessary by modern rules.

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Submitted by BoGardiner on

about modern rules. The English language is proof that any notion is bunkum which claims that progress, culture and the free market always lead us to the most efficient and elegant solutions.

Meanwhile, I really wanna know what you have to say!

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Submitted by herb the verb on

I think that would cure about 90% of it OrionATL (and I do try to read your comments). Plus I won't have to scroll so much! ;-)

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Submitted by herb the verb on

Was firmly in the New Republic camp in 2003.

Just sayin'.

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Submitted by lambert on

WKJM is holding JM in an undisclosed location....

[x] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by herb the verb on

WKJM, you gotta love that Somerby! He just gets it right down to the bone.

Apparently though, Josh was giving clear indications of his future kidnapping. He was, I suppose you would say, a "tepid supporter" of the AUMF, if not the actual war itself. Not that there's anything WRONG with that....

Oh, and for linky goodness sake!

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