The candidates can go back to falling from their stumps. The moderators will start assertiveness training. And, regular programming can begin after these words from our sponsors. All the candidates are lawyering up for the inevitable challenges. Instant polls about truthiness and burning pants are winding down. That’s it. Comedy show’s over. It’s time to lay awake like a kid anticipating Christmas – except the stakes are higher and people will consider moving to Canada based on the outcome. It is not a season to look forward to. In two weeks, it will be Black Tuesday, with an emphasis on the black.
In a rare display of common sense and insight, Fox’s Megyn Kelly clearly offered some facts and questioned misperceptions about mental illness as it applies to heinous acts like the killings in Colorado. Over the weekend she repeatedly asked two legal analysts about whether the killer was mentally ill and whether the killer could fake mental illness in order to set up an insanity plea at his trial or as a way to lessen punishment during the penalty phase, providing he is convicted (Remember, despite the overwhelming evidence, he is innocent until proven guilty.). Both guests were steadfast in saying he is definitely not mentally ill and an insanity defense was pure poppycock.
This is a brain. This is Rush’s brain on drugs.
If nothing else, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke is a class act. She’s a young woman who understands the best thing you can do when attacked by an unlanced boil on the ass of humanity like Rush Limbaugh, is to hold your head high and keep your cool.
Me? I’m not so charitable.
Despite conventional wisdom about the decidedly unconventional Republican primaries, Mitt Romney has surely doomed his campaign to failure. Why? Because he’s an unrepentant Obamunist.
Romney showed his true socialist colors at a campaign stop Thursday by throwing a “tithe” toward one of his unemployed campaign workers. Mittens forked out $50-60 (no one was quite sure how much) to Ruth Williams to help pay her electricity bill.
The fallout over the sexual attacks and violent abuse of journalist Lara Logan continues apace. Several pusillanimous stateside journalists and pundits – who no doubt would go jelly-kneed on a quiet day as a war correspondent hanging out at the bullet-riddled revetment – felt compelled to tell Logan, “Well, it’s your own damn fault! What the hell were you doing in a huge crowd of wannabe Muslim terrorists anyway?”
Um, she would be covering the news – just like men and just like dozens of other women. Just like – oh God, I hate to say this – Fox News reporters. Going into danger is what war correspondents do. They do it so the folks back home have information. It’s the nature of their jobs and because of it you terrorist-trembling wussies get to know at least some of what’s going on in the world outside the Rush Limbaugh/Sean Hannity Faux Terrordome.
Journalists in general have a bad rep these days. Some of it deserved, much of it not so much. Even covering the local election for the local waste district board is cause to call out the reporter from the Podunk Post as a slanted, biased asshat, despite the very words he reported appearing on the ubiquitous video machine for all to see. Being any kind of reporter is a thankless job and despite the whining of all the ideologists, an essential part of keeping democracy democratic.
War journalists have a tougher job. No matter how hard they try, it’s difficult to stay objective when they’re lied to a hundred times a day, getting their ass shot off, or suddenly finding themselves alone in a rampaging crowd.
It’s true Logan was in a place most sane people wouldn’t voluntarily be in. However, she was working for you – directly for you. Without her and her colleagues some of you couldn’t be as voluntarily and selectively stupid as you are now. Even those who care about what happens in the world would be flying blind – and that’s not good for anyone.
It would be a good and moral thing to at least treat her like any other human being who’s been attacked deserves. Give her support, or at the very least, STF up about it.
And don’t blame the ‘media’ for reporting her story to keep it alive either. It’s a valid story in its own right, having zero to do with her attractiveness, and should be reported to highlight just how bad conditions in war-torn countries can be.
Now is the time for the fraidy-frickin’ cats to drop their cowardly attacks on a woman who has gone through hell and back. They should treat her just like any other sexually and physically assaulted woman…or man.
Here’s to hoping the same misfortune doesn’t steamroll you one day.
- The Price Lara Logan Paid (thedailybeast.com)
- CBS reporter Lara Logan sexually assaulted in Egypt (reuters.com)
- “CBS’ Lara Logan: ‘a stunningly brilliant professional’” and related posts (blogs.orlandosentinel.com)
- Tweeting From the Hip About the Sexual Battery of CBS’s Lara Logan (psychologytoday.com)
- Reporters Uncensored: Foreign Reporting and the Perils of Freedom (huffingtonpost.com)
- Kurtz: Why Lara Logan Couldn’t Stay Away from the Story (newsweek.com)
- CBS Reporter Lara Logan Explains Her Attack In Egypt (wizbangpop.com)
- The Attack on Lara Logan (stacey-rose.com)
- What the mainstream media are afraid to tell you: Lara Logan was raped because Islam was founded by a rapist.. (catholicexchange.com)