Howard Kurtz Can Kiss My Ass

Now here’s a sterling example of why Mr. Sheri Annis is such an important 4th Estate Lawn Jockey:

Consider today’s column where he notes . . .

Americablog’s John Aravosis delivers what I consider a low blow:
‘It’s not ‘nice’ to ask the question, but it’s actually a pretty good question. Yes, we all know that John McCain was captured and tortured in Vietnam (McCain won’t let you forget). A lot of people don’t know, however, that McCain made a propaganda video for the enemy while he was in captivity. Putting that bit of disloyalty aside, what exactly is McCain’s military experience that prepares him for being commander in chief? It’s not like McCain rose to the level of general or something. He’s a vet. We get it. But simply being a vet, as laudable as it is, doesn’t really tell you much about someone’s qualifications for being commander in chief. If McCain is going to play the ‘I was tortured’ card every five minutes as a justification for electing him president, then he shouldn’t throw a hissy fit any time any one asks to know more about his military experience.’
First of all, McCain endured the torture–to the point that he can’t raise his arms over his head today–rather than accept an offer of early release proffered because he was an admiral’s son. I don’t see how you criticize him for actions under torture. Second, far from throwing a hissy or any other kind of fit, McCain was restrained in his comments yesterday.

Gee maybe that problem with his arms explains his difficulty in swimming.

Of course that may have been a situation that developed before his encounter with the Vietnamese. And I leave it to to those veterans where were there with McCain (easily Googled) to deal with the finer points of what he did and didn’t do in captivity and why. But his arms these days certainly appear well enough to do pimary political duty ie. glad-handing.

Does this mean Goodtime Charlie’s got a crack at Veep? I certainly hope so. They would make such a lovely ticket, wouldn’t they folks?

Moving to another tope Mr. Sheri notes —

“The other big news is the apparent rapprochement between Barack and Bill, with both sides praising their phone call yesterday. (“President Clinton continues to be impressed by Senator Obama . . . “) Hmm . . . I wonder if this knocks down an anonymously sourced report in London’s : “The Telegraph has learned that the former president’s rage is still so great that even loyal allies are shocked by his patronising attitude to Mr Obama, and believe that he risks damaging his own reputation by his intransigence.
“A senior Democrat who worked for Mr Clinton has revealed that he recently told friends Mr Obama could ‘kiss my ass’ in return for his support.”
No confirmation that any kissing took place.”

So cute you could just vomit, right folks?

That’s what one of Mr. Sheri’s readers thought in today’s Q&A chat.

“Austin, Texas: Why are some “unsubstantiated reports” different than others? I just spent several minutes watching CNN make a big joke out of Bill Clinton allegedly saying that Obama can “kiss my a–.” Seriously — there wasn’t a single piece of solid reporting there, but they went on and on about it and made it a joke. What is your opinion on this? To me it seems to make CNN and the reporters look like a–es, but what do I know — I’m no journalistic professional like they are.

Howard Kurtz: That’s the media echo chamber at work. The London Telegraph quotes some unnamed Democrat as saying Clinton made the ass comment and it ricochets around the airwaves and the Net. Who knows if it’s true? Who knows if the source had first-hand knowledge? But if enough people hear it, they’ll asssume it’s a fact.”

See how simple it is, folks? It’s all a matter of getting the “media echo chamber” to work for you. That’s why so many people believe Al Gore claimed to have invented the internet. It was a blatant lie, but Mr. Sheri and his friends kept on repeating and so it became, as Stephen Colbert would say factesque.

So listen for repeated echo chambering for news of Barack Obama’s affair with Scarlet Johanssen.

It’s just like the Al Gore meme only sexier.

Hey — get the echo chamber going and you could start a story that Mr. Sheri has been swapping spit with Anderson Cooper! Who cares if it isn’t true!

Take it away Cher!

And Mr. Sheri, as you should know by now, anytime you want to YOU CAN KISS MY ASS!!!!

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