Empty Days

Sunday, March 21, 2004



60 Minutes tonight

In the aftermath of Sept. 11, President Bush ordered his then top anti-terrorism adviser to look for a link between Iraq and the attacks, despite being told there didn't seem to be one. The charge comes from the advisor, Richard Clarke, in an interview airing Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on 60 Minutes.

I am sure a lot of people will be watching. On the other hand, look at how this so-called "free society" of ours is ruled by corporations. This is exasperating:

His allegations are also made in a book, "Against All Enemies," which is being published Monday by Free Press, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster. Both CBSNews.com and Simon & Schuster are units of Viacom.

These *very same* media outlets that so obediently lead the cheer on Iraq when it was required. I don't understand. Who is Viacom, who is CBS News, who *are* these folks?

And btw - get off that Iraq-horse and stop wailing "we've been deceived!". You got so readily deceived because you wanted to believe - you wanted this to be true, so you got your wish. And no laments over the non-existence of WMDs will change that - you never gave a fuck about these supposed "weapons", you wanted to believe and, most glaringly, you still believe that Saddam needed ousting - so what the fuck are you wailing about now?

Who am I talking to? Would that be the CBS-Viacom corporation? Or who would that be, really? :-0

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Excerpts from that "Now" show on PBS and Hal Holbrook's Mark-Twain number:
MOYERS: There was just the other day, Hal, a confession by a former executive of public television who admitted that he made that decision. That he turned the show down because he deemed it, quote, "too risky and too controversial." Here's what he said.
...
HOLBROOK: Well, when you get into corporate decision-making, especially in these days of political correctness, you are in jail.
Right. As if corporations had logic - they have fear alright.
MOYERS: What is it about Mark Twain that frightens people, even as he makes us laugh?

HOLBROOK: Because he is riding so sharply on the edge of truth. He is balancing right on the edge of truth. And we don't have truth delivered to us very often. Especially in this very commercialized world we live in. Where half-truths are commercialized into truth. And half-lies, which is the other side of half-truth, is commercialized into truth. We live with this, day and day, every day, every time we turn the TV set on. Every time we pass a billboard.

And Mark Twain cuts right straight through that with a knife. And people recognize it. And it scares you a little bit, but there's something exhilarating about it and daring and funny.
Ah well. Is this the age of information wars, or wars *for* information? And guess who's the all-around winner.





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