Saturday is BOW Award Day!

April 12, 2008

So many buffoons, so few awards….

Yes, it’s Saturday again, and that means it’s time for me to give another BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award.  Once again, it’s been a week filled with stunning displays of idiocy by our political leaders and pundits.  These things would be tremendously funny if it weren’t for the inconvenient little fact that the people in question are destroying our country and making the world a more dangerous place in which to live.  But let’s have some fun at their expense and maybe that’ll make us feel a little better…..

We’ll begin by briefly reviewing some of the week’s highlights.  (And let me add here that if you’re interested in more details on any of these matters you should check out some of the fine left-leaning political blogs currently following many of these stories, including www.crooksandliars.com and www.talkingpointsmemo.com.) 

Where to begin….. 

There was, the revelation that back in 2003 senior advisors to the President, including Vice President Dick Cheney,attorney General John Ashcroft, CIA Director George Tenet, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and then National Security Advisor and current Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, met repeatedly to develop a detailed strategy for using “enhanced interrogation techniques” (read:  torture) against suspected terrorists.  Throughout these meetings it was made clear that President Bush himself was to be “insulated” from these discussions so that when the proverbial s#$t hit the fan, he’d come out smelling like a rose.  The story is getting some play in the mainstream media, but not nearly as much as one might expect given the importance of the story.

There was the cover story in this week’s Newsweek magazine, which detailed the environmental movement’s efforts to influence this year’s political race through endorsements and lobbying.  Specifically (but not surprisingly) the article focused on the Presidential race, and the fact that organizations like the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Friends of the Earth are withholding endorsements for the time being.  Now, you’re probably thinking “well, that makes sense.  They don’t know who the Democratic nominee is going to be.”  But according to the article, that’s not why they’re waiting.  They want to see McCain’s energy plan before they endorse.  Nevermind that Barack Obama has a 96% lifetime rating from the League of Conservation Voters, or that Hillary’s rating is 90%.  McCain’s rating?  Glad you asked.  26%.  Yup.  But the article goes on to say, 

“McCain is an appealing figure to some environmentalists precisely because he is a Republican from a Western state, whose occasional departures from Republican orthodoxy seem to be grounded in genuine conviction….So, ironically, McCain—with a voting record that would put him at the bottom of the heap among Democrats—is sometimes perceived as more passionate about the environment than his Democratic opponents…”

I’m sorry, but when did the environmental movement start grading on a curve?!  At this point I expect the mainstream media to give McCain a free pass on all sorts of crap.  But the environmental movement?  MCCAIN’S LCV VOTING RECORD IS 70 PERCENTAGE POINTS WORSE THAN OBAMA’S!!!!!  And he’s more passionate about the environment?!  I’ve been giving money to the LCV and Friends of the Earth for years.  But after this….

While we’re on the topic of John McCain, how about this little gem from www.CrooksandLiars.com….  Two weeks ago McCain released his “plan” for combatting the mortgage crisis.  It basically consisted of doing nothing and hoping everything sorted itself out (preferably before he took office).  Specifically, he said that he didn’t support any kind of aid for homeowners who had behaved “irresponsibly” by borrowing more than they could afford.  At the time, the NY Times said that his plan came off sounding “mean-spirited” (gee, I wonder why) and seemed to ignore the “double standard” of helping Wall Street giant Bear Stearns but leaving homeowners to fend for themselves.  Well, apparently McCain wound up agreeing with the Times.  This week he reversed his position and called on the Federal Government to help homeowners refinance so that they could keep their homes.  In the same spirit of goodwill and charity, the mainstream media largely ignored this latest McCain flipflop.

But the event of the week, in my view, was the semi-annual visit to Capitol Hill of “The David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker Traveling Circus of Halftruth and Blind Optimism!”  No doubt this will come as a shock to all of you, but it seems that we’re making “significant progress” in Iraq (again, thanks to the good people at CrooksandLiars), that this progress is “fragile”, and that any significant reduction in our troop presence there would surely undercut all that has been accomplished over the last six months.  For the third or fourth time (truly, I’m losing count) Petraeus told Congress that we’d need another half-year or so to assess the situation before making any decision on the future of the American war effort.  

Does anyone remember the four corners offense that NCAA basketball teams used to employ before the introduction of the shot clock?  Teams would go into it with about five minutes left in the game, pass the ball from corner to corner without taking a shot, and hope that they could run out the game clock without the opposition scoring any more points.  Welcome to the military’s version of the four corners.  And the scary thing?  With the notable and admirable exception of Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, every Republican in Congress seems perfectly willing to play along.  Even scarier?  So does the mainstream press, who are now so afraid of appearing critical of Petraeus that they’re willing to sacrifice their integrity and the blood of American soldiers by simply accepting the General’s obfuscation and unfounded optimism at face value.

I expect this crap from Petraeus and his bosses in the Bush Administration.  But the mainstream media should know better.  And so, for their failure to challenge the military’s bogus assertions on Iraq, their refusal to pursue the truth about the Adminstration’s torture policy discussions, and their continued insistence on fawning over Flippy McSame, I hereby award this week’s BOW Award to the mainstream media.  CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, The Times, The Post, and the rest of you (sorry FOX: you’re the propaganda wing of the GOP; you don’t qualify), take a BOW.  You’ve earned it.  And then, for pity’s sake, go do your freakin’ jobs!

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2 Responses to “Saturday is BOW Award Day!”

  1. Brian said

    I think FOX deserves a special prize, is there any prize that carries enough magnitude to encapsulate the one-sided propoganda-ness of FOX “news” ??

    I enjoy your BOW awards, it seems like its the best news summary of the week for me.

  2. davidbcoe said

    Thanks, Brian. I did give Fox RAdio an award a week or two ago, but I think you’re right. Fox deserves special recognition. I’ll have to work on that.

    Glad you enjoy the BOW Awards. I have great fun with them. But I do think there are better summaries of the week’s news out there. Certainly there are a few that are less partisan than mine. 🙂

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