Obama Stepping Up – Bush Falling Down – Media Doing Schtick

A Cultural Smorgasbord

Not for nothin’ but …

this dialectical delight has traveled the world

This column is going to employ a timeless and original piece of Brooklyn linguistics as an expressive literary device.  It may, in fact, be the only etymological tool of its kind.  One that expresses dismay, disbelief and amazement – imbued with sarcasm yet in the form of an interrogative.  Indeed, this expression has siblings, but in the truest Brooklyn traditions, this dialectical delight has traveled the world and the world has traveled to it – and although in its spoken form, it is generally accompanied by a raised eyebrow and half puckered smirk …  I am confident that it is the only expression in English language use that can accomplish it’s goal in written form, without relying on the inclusion of profanity.

Team Obama, Low Grade Fanfare – Team Bush, Weapons-Grade System Gaming

by further rendering the Constitution a comedy sketch.

obama-transition

Not for nothin’ but …. even the usual suspects have opted for silence while the Obama team plans the transfer of power – fully engaged – and driven by actual data.  Meanwhile, George W. Bush has a team with the singular task of selling a huge “Nah !!” to the American public, with the goal of transmuting responsibility for the Iraq catastrophe, Bushonomics and the shredding of the US Constitution to Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Democrats.  Considering that this has been a script written by Newt Gingrich and adapted for screen by Karl Rove – the corporate media may in fact have a field day by having a puppet theatre revival.

Apparently it’s begun with endless playing of more unearthed Nixon tapes.  While engaging as an historical reminder of dangerous personalities, while one of the most dangerous in history is still living in the White House and still signing dangerous orders that will create hurdles for years to come by further rendering the Constitution a comedy sketch.

kristolWilliam Kristol and the Body Politique Snatchers

his broadcasts are taking on the unmistakable sounds of desperation.

Not for nothin’ but … why do these people still have jobs?  Who are the people that continue to invest money and encourage these folks to continue in their roles as propagandists, long after the little dog has pulled the curtain open.  The Conservative Media Industrial Complex has begun to feed on itself in recent weeks, because their circular logic has driven their ratings into a nose-dive.  It apparently requires more than drug abuser Rush Limbaugh, or harangued fast-food aficionado Glenn Beck or even Roger Ailes’ Frankenstein-ish monster Sean Hannity can do in order to hold on to their disillusioned listeners.  These are quite often folks that invest in such tasteful decolletage as ‘truck nuts’, US Flags flying from poles bolted to the beds of pick-up trucks and inexplicable battles with skin disorders.

Is there actually still a market for neo-conservative political graffiti?  One would think that after 8 years of the deconstruction of the US Constitution, the neutering of the US Military and the largest re-distribution of wealth since the Roman Empire, some of the cheerleaders would fear for their lives – but alas, they apparently have made an industry, overnight, of re-writing history and attributing that last eight years of malfeasance to President-elect Barack Obama and his yet to be confirmed / installed Cabinet and team of advisers.  It is nightmarish world of make-believe that is subsidized by advertising dollars from companies that want your business, and just like gas prices that plummeted because the US population has fractionally reduced fuel consumption – these advertisers will react when we stop watching and listening to industrial propagandists.

George Will has been reduced to being corrected on air, continuously, while appearing in his weekly gig with George Stephanopoulos. Much of the legitimate Conservative establishment has taken to begging forgiveness from the public by covering Obama fairly, reminding folks that they predicted he would win and had sufficiently kicked dust in McCain’s eye’s before the election.  (Even though they didn’t actually do it until it was clear McCain was a goner.)

Most curious though, is the porker Limbaugh, who apparently has determined that no matter how bad thelimbaugh-pig1 situation is – as long as he makes the news a few times a week, it is better for him in the long run.  So with reckless abandon, the corpulent radio political satirist goes into overdrive and with a penchant of the absurd, has begun contradicting himself on daily basis.  So much, in fact, his broadcasts are taking on the unmistakable sounds of desperation.

tableAnd the Corporate Media

round table of journalists that are made even more uncomfortable by the mention of Nate Silver

Not for nothin’ but … I’ve seen more investigative journalism from Pravda during my time on the ground in the former USSR.  The news, news-talk and talking head cable streams have become a caricature of themselves with talking boxes, spinning circles and the latest and greatest gadgetry in order to distract viewers from noticing there is absolutely no substance whatsoever to the dialog.  Merely a series of ponderings, strung together with the same 20 film clips – snippets from competitive news programing, and, the ever irrelevant round table of journalists that are made even more uncomfortable by the mention of Nate Silver who out predicted the Beltway punditry so badly, a select group of disgraced pundits became unusually unavailable for nearly a week after the election.  But fear not … the newly re-relaxed hand-gun laws in DC notwithstanding, no one is fearing mass suicide.

Night after night, more of the rotating self-aggrandizing league of political know-it-alls, sit across from the former journalists, former speech writers and plethora of TV personalities that begs inquiry as to how they may have been hired – in endless provocative dialogs that have emerged as a new fiction art form.  Some consider it info-tainment, others classify it as commentary  My preference is to  classify it as Horror / Sci-fi and opt out of any further viewing.  There simply too many fine books to read to waste that much time sitting still while people I don’t like, say things – they don’t even understand.  An art form  perfected by DC’s favorite lunatic and possibly treasonist – Bob Novak.

President Bush : How Do You Think That Went ?

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt -

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt -

Mr. Bush narrated to the American public,  a tale that the most daring science-fiction writer would not have attempted

Today, President George Bush presided over one of the most peculiar press conferences in modern history.  It was a queer presser under any circumstances, yet it appears the President was not performing under duress, even as he struggled with simple sentences and fundamental concepts, but rather was enthusiastic about speaking very publicly about subjects he has little understanding.  It required nerves of steel and passive restraints to not fly out of one’s chair as the President struggled to explain to the American public about the psychology of world diplomacy and currency valuation of petro-dollars.

In what seemed like hours, George Bush, unwittingly, made the case for stem cell research and elder care as he stumbled through answers to reporters questions.  In his widely imitable style, he punctuated sentences with his trademarked smirk and head bobbing, lending a tropical-punk-avian air to the televised mass sedative.  On our quiet residential street in the City of San Jose, windows ajar as the cool morning fog was lifting from Silicon Valley; one could actually hear yelps and stifled screams of citizens in their homes with the frequency and ferocity of a battery of waves against nearby Pacific coastline.

Highlights included his mis-understanding and voo-doo description of the psychological impact of domestic

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt

Original Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt

oil drilling.  Despite the natural and logical anticipated market response, that is to say that oil prices would likely double from here, Mr. Bush narrated to the American public,  a tale that the most daring science-fiction writer would not have attempted, removing all the circumstantial concern and redefining the implied threat to the supply.  In other words, how does one get from here to there (approximately 18 years) without getting exponentially hammered by the purveyors of the existing ready oil supply?

Then he responded to questions regarding the FDIC seizure of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and the privately held Indy Mac banks.  In an otherwise alarming series of facial expressions and shoulder ticks, President Bush stumbled through an explanation of the FDIC coverage, which was not quite accurate, while dodging a question about socializing losses to taxpayers.  Then he repeated the answer three times as though it were part of the same explanation and new information was included each time he repeated himself.  It did not require careful observation to realize the President was simply repeating almost verbatim, the same words three times.  Had there been no audio on the television, it would have appeared there was considerable detail in his answer.  Sadly, the sound was working perfectly as Mr. Bush very poorly explained FDIC’s role in insuring deposits up to $100K, while he managed to insult most sentient life with his assault on the English language.

As though the President had been making an appeal to Bush impersonators around the world,  George Bush reprieved some of his famous gaffes that sent one imagining themselves listening to a CD infomercial with a running scroll of the artists most memorable numbers:

  1. Magic Wand (Don’t Have One or I’d Wave It)
  2. Oil Reshjerves
  3. Let Me Exshplain It to the Amercanjs Who Don’t Undershtand
  4. Heh-heh
  5. Heh-heh-heh
  6. The Democrats Aren’t Responsible
  7. The Democrats Aren’t Doin’ Their Job
  8. The Conomy is Stronger Than You Think
  9. We’re Exshporting More Goods (Don’t Ashk Me More Than What)
  10. I Exshpected the Bill on My Desk (Now They’ll Get Detention)
  11. Heh-heh-heh-heh (Phhhmmp Phhmmp)


The only good news after today’s press conference was the confirmation that the collective American spirit is resillient and in tact – even after the abuses of our cerebrically diminutive leader.  The simple fact that millions of Americans will be heading to voting booths, a few short months away has apparently quelled the more visceral response of running on the White House in the same manner in which many ran on Indy Mac.  Most incredibly, the scene was devoid of ambulances or white coated attendants at the close of the press conference and reporters appeared to be a large gathering posing for a portrait, if not for the slow, sullen and side-ways head shaking that could be noticed upon closer examination.

Wesley Clark v. John McCain : Corporate News Controls the Conversation

Newsmakers

experiencing rush of gratification when our little-talking-head-in-the-box delivers a glancing blow to a loathsome little-talking-head-in-the-box

Remember when the term ‘newsmaker’ adoringly adorned someone that had chinked the tablet of history with an indelible mark?  Whether celebrity outlaw or outlaw celebrity, the term ‘newsmaker’ was a special term that indicated a person that was the object of spinning presses and a whir of news mechanisms including television and radio. It was a word rooted in the association of an event with the person that presided over its occurance.

This is no longer, what modern journalism and info-tainment professionals envision when they speak of ‘newsmakers.’  It seems, they’re now referring to themselves, in fact, they may be collegially referring to others that have scooped with their scripts, or framed a quote; even, edited the perfect sound-bite to create a controversy.  Arguments that do not, in reality, exist but nonetheless arguments that are certain to occupy their customers – who by and large – savor the paint-ball style drive-by news-ish sort of reality kind-of dust-up combative engagement of their politicians.  An electorate that might very well tolerate a conversion of the bicameral legislature to include a venue in both houses that would include cage-fighting.

Of course, with every developing nuance in the tactical execution of the News Business, that is to say, techniques in marketing a product to the public that is ‘news-ish,’  there are detractors. Some are from the marketplace, offended at the artist’s hue in replicating actual events.  Others are from the greater info-tainment body, concerned that their brand is not getting its rightful share of the action in ‘news-ish’ airplay.  That’s when they volunteer to sit in little tiny boxes at various points around the TV screen on other ‘news-ish’ shows – while radio programs do this without the benefit of the little boxes and can’t evoke memories of the Brady Bunch.

The casual observer might think that this is broadening the visibility on the underlying subject matter, but alas, this has nothing to with any particular story, but rather, this is the breeding ground of ‘newsmakers.’ Indeed, this is where the propagation of the species takes place, and we, the viewing public, become the voyeurs at the ‘news-ish’ peep show at a price far more expensive than a few quarters in a slot.  Before long, we are living vicariously through our favorite little-talking-head-in-the-box and actually are drawn to believe a ‘news-ish’ reality and experiencing rush of gratification when our little-talking-head-in-the-box delivers a glancing blow to a loathsome little-talking-head-in-the-box as we shovel some nearly edible, hardly nutritious and fiber-free comestibles down our throats because we’ve been hypnotized by the manufacturers commericals between segments.

Gen. Wesley Clark States the Obvious – How Dare He !!!!!

but why bother clarifying the message when FOX News is going to run with it in the daily talking points

The latest flap has been about Wes Clark’s comments on Sunday in an interview on Face the Nation.  Even Paul Krugman, opinion writer for NYT couldn’t resist a few words about it.  His last words, while predictable, were also on the money.  Why did everyone run for the hills??  Why did they (Obama Campaign) let the info-tainers and the McCain Camp control the ‘news-ish-ness??”  Why are the Democrats so comfortable to jeopardize their obvious lead across all National polls – by fighting among themselves.

Wes Clark simply pointed out that John McCain has been given a pass by the corporate media (who sip his potables, eat at his BBQ, ride the bus, have the doughnuts with him, and he affectionately calls his little jerks) in permitting him to leverage his former career as a Navy fighter pilot, and unfortunate experience as a POW, as worthwhile experience for the job of President.  Perhaps Clark is wrong, perhaps Clark is correct … we’d never know because our ‘news-ish’ info-tainers don’t want to talk about it – but rather want to talk about talking about it.  In the 2 years that we’ve watched John McCain run for President (this latest run that is) we’ve not seen this obvious question raised.  Why??  Because, in an interesting way, the silence has been bought and paid for by countless doughnuts, dinners and dry wine; the resulting denouement being a detente of sorts. A laconic laissez-faire in which the inner circle of the highest press priests and priestesses have traded truth for access.

This in itself may seem counter-productive to journalism, but, this isn’t journalism.  This is ‘news-ish-ness’, info-tainment and little-talking-heads-in-the-box consumer driven alternative reality corporate media.  That being said, access rules!  Truthiness(tm) is good enough.   Wes Clark?  He’s accessible enough, but why bother clarifying the message when FOX News is going to run with it in the daily talking points, Rush (Roger Ailles) Limbaugh is reporting for duty seeding the clouds for the afternoon and evening storm of little-talking-heads-in-the-box, and the store shelves are loaded with microwaveable cups of food-ish stuff for the masses to consume??

Conversations Controlled for Your Pleasure

  1. George Bush thanks John McCain and Lindsay Graham for supporting the G.I. Bill which they didn’t support at all.  McCain didn’t show up for the bill, however was vociferous in his rejection.  Lindsay Graham voted against it.  Bush lied.  Nary a peep.
  2. Wes Clark is misquoted repeatedly taking attacks not only from the Right malicious machinery but from freaked out Left Wing special interest groups and those afraid of the Right.  The Corporate Media only speaks of Wesley Clark’s comments, and never does any in depth discovery, but rather quotes John McCain in a narcoleptic repertoire discussing his captivity in Viet Nam.
  3. John McCain selects one of the most visible Swift Boat attackers to be on his team after vowing to never use swift boat tactics. Not much about it in Corporate Media … more in the next issue.