One of the things I was hoping for yesterday was a breakdown of the walls we have been building up in this country. Sure, one did fall—or crumble a bit, at least—the wall between the races, but there’s another one, much stronger, that the election only seems to have shored up.Look at the results. Of … Continue reading The Two Cultures
We’ve been through the “e” craze (ecommerce, etexts) and the “i” craze (ipod). Now look for the “o” craze—if Obama wins this election.Looking back at the debates, and we will hear of “oPoise.” The White House Press Corps will be producing “oNews.”Oh rily? Yabetcha!Our media are composed of nothing if not slavish followers of fad. … Continue reading The “O”s Have It?
If there is irony in the cover to this week’s The New Yorker, it’s not in the drawing itself. The incongruity lies in seeing the cartoon on the cover of that particular magazine.If there is satire in the cover this week’s The New Yorker, it is towards the magazine itself. Certainly, it makes no supporter … Continue reading It’s a Joke?
On Christmas Day, 1985, I happened into a war. It wasn’t much of one, really, but it included kids trying to sell us (I was traveling with a friend) what they claimed were pieces of the bomb that had fallen on a cattle market, a bomb that had signaled the start of hostilities; bullets fluttering … Continue reading Hillary "Remembers" and We Forget
My reaction, on reading Barack Obama’s Philadelphia speech yesterday, was that he has offered us and our presidential candidates the chance to raise the level of debate in America to a level not reached for more than thirty years. This morning, The New York Times, in an editorial, agrees: “We can’t know how effective Mr. … Continue reading Answering the Obama Challenge
Let me start with this: I am no fan of Hillary Clinton. Her husband does look a little better in retrospect and by comparison to his successor, but I never really liked him all that much. His “triangulation” seemed to look more to personal than national success. And I see much the same in his … Continue reading Democrats: "Now Is the Time to Come to the Aid of the Party"
Wasn't it Tolstoy who believed that “leaders” simply follow from in front?For the second time, we have a victory in a Democratic primary where a candidate won by a margin well beyond what the polls predicted.Why?Today, on the television gobble-fests, we'll be given reason after reason why. In every case—mark my words—the focus will be … Continue reading How Many Times Do We Have to Tell You?
Once more, the American commercial news media have created a story and then reported it as “news.”How long, just how long can this go on?Polls, the day before the New Hampshire primary, show Hillary Clinton suddenly dropping far behind Barack Obama. Clinton has an emotional moment before the primary. She wins the primary. Suddenly, we … Continue reading Again, with the Narrative
Last night, for the first time, I watched the debates on television. Aside from the Facebook fooforall and something irrelevant called the “Spin Room,” I even found the presentation reasonable—though the guy from ABC (the host of their evening news—which I never watch) clearly knows little about the lives or incomes of much of America … Continue reading The New Hampshire Debates