Daily Archives: June 2, 2009

Whoops — wrong Kurtz.


Or is it simply another version of the same thing? Howie certainly hopes you won’t think so.

“We need to be really, really careful about blaming people for murder.
The reprehensible slaying of George Tiller, because he performed abortions, shocks the conscience. The man who pulled the trigger–a suspect is already in custody–is responsible.
But within hours, the liberal blogosphere was aflame with posts declaring that Bill O’Reilly bears some responsibility for the killing.
I’m not going to join the attack. It is perfectly fair to hold the Fox News host accountable for his words and to question whether he has gone too far in personally assailing Tiller time and time again.
But is it his fault if some abortion-hating fanatic decides to kill another human being? “



“If you believe in a woman’s right to choose, you have a duty, it seems to me, to speak out against those who would have the government take that right away. But if you believe abortion is murder, you also have the right to speak out against the practice. That is part of a noisy democracy that places a premium on free speech.”

Oh come on Howie. Speech isn’t free. You know that. a fortiori Mrs. Howie knows that even more.


In fact the expense of speech is the entire basis of her career.

“Sheri Annis is a media consultant and political commentator whose clients range from California to Washington DC. She was the spokeswoman for Arnold Schwarzenegger during his first political campaign. She was chief spokeswoman for California’s Proposition 227, the successful measure to eliminate California’s failed bilingual education programs. In addition, she played a major role in California’s Proposition 209 campaign, which eliminated race and gender-based preferences in government hiring, contracting and education. Her early career began in the California think tank world.”

IOW, a professional right-wing propagandist.

And it gets better!

“Fourth Estate Strategies provides media and communications leadership to help voice your opinions and policy positions.

Our thorough understanding of the public policy world and our media experience work to highlight your issue on the national stage. We help think tanks, corporations, associations and academics make an impact in the national media arena.

Fourth Estate Strategies provides:
Media Strategy
Media Training
Media placements
Crisis Communications
Editorial Board Preparation
Speech Writing”

We get the picture.

Of course the “Mainstream” prefers to place a veil over said picture.

“Some contend that Kurtz is biased to the right, in particular that his coverage of the blogosphere selectively ignores extremism on right-wing blogs. These critics often note the fact that he, like Democratic strategist James Carville, is married to a Republican consultant and commentator. Eric Alterman, a liberal journalist, wrote, “It is hard to avoid the conclusion, based on examination of his work, that Howard Kurtz loves conservatives but has little time for liberals.”
In addition, Kurtz has defended Fox News against claims of “dangerous right-wing disinformation” on free-speech grounds, as in this quote from Glenn Beck’s show:[8]
KURTZ: I think the argument that I’ve heard Olbermann make in the past about Fox News — it’s not an argument that I embrace — is that, because it poses as a news organization and puts out dangerous misinformation is a cheerleader for the Bush administration, that it’s misinforming our society. But you know what? They’re entitled to do that.
Kurtz has publicly declined to state his political affiliation.”

Why bother? Actions speak louder than words. Howie’s mandate is clear — neutralize all criticism of the status quo by reducing al discourse to two “sides” that he relentlessly demands the must reported on in a “balanced” way. And in this fashion doctors become “murderers” because Funide fanatics say they are. Naturally Howie would never says so himself. He just reports what “the other side” says, this giving it rhetorical — and therefore moral — validity. They’re the ventriloquist — he’s the dummy.

“Tiller was shot and wounded in 1993, before there was an “O’Reilly Factor” or a Fox News Channel.”

Oh, and there was no one out there in Medialand carrying water for “Operation Rescue” before Bill O came along? Pull the other one, Howie, it’s got bells on.

After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, President Clinton denounced the “loud and angry voices” who, he said, too often “keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate, they leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable . . . It is time we all stood up and spoke against that kind of reckless speech and behavior.”
That came too close to blaming talk show hosts for the actions of Timothy McVeigh. Liberal commentator Carl Rowan declared that the harsh rhetoric of Newt Gingirch and Bob Dole “creates a climate of violence in America.”
Rush Limbaugh responded to Clinton, and blamed “many in the mainstream media” for “irresponsible attempts to categorize and demonize those who had nothing to do with this . . . There is absolutely no connection between these nuts and mainstream conservatism in America today.”

And as we all know there’s no connection between the words of the morbidly obese Oxycontin junkie and and any actions his listeners might take, right Howie? Nothing the right says really matters.

Unlike the left which always matters.

I heard the echoes last night, when O’Reilly said that “pro-abortion zealots and Fox News-haters” were trying “to blame us for the crime,” to “demonize” him, and in the process “exploiting the death of the doctor.” He defended his past attacks, saying, “No backpedaling here . . . Every single thing we said about Tiller was true.” O’Reilly went on to note that Tiller had performed an estimated 60,000 abortions, and questioned why his critics in the media had said nothing “about the 60,000 fetuses who’ll never become American citizens.”

You can find more info about those foreshorted “American Citizens” HERE.

This quote from the office of the late Dr. Tiller especially important —

“In order to offer you an appointment, we require that a physician refer you to our center. In addition, we need your genetic counselor or doctor to provide us with gestational and diagnostic information regarding your pregnancy. Over the past twenty-five years, we have had experience with pregnancy terminations in such situations as anencephaly, Trisomy 13, 18, and 21, polycystic kidney disease, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, Potter’s syndrome, lethal dwarfism, holoprosencephaly, anterior and posterior encephalocele, non-immune hydrops, and a variety of other very significant abnormalities.”

Which of course has never stopped the right from spinning and cherry-picking in the Bill O manner.

“No one particularly likes abortion, especially late-term abortion, but those 60,000 procedures were legal. The doctor was providing a legal service.
O’Reilly is entitled to defend himself, and he in no way condoned what happened.”

Of course he did.

“But the man was murdered in church. I was surprised that, along with his reminder that Tiller had been called a baby killer, O’Reilly didn’t issue a ringing denunciation of the shooting and anyone who thought it was justified. The occasion, in my view, called for it; he chose a different approach.”

Nothing “different” here.

“On MSNBC, Keith Olbermann did blame Fox News, showing clips of O’Reilly denouncing Tiller for having “blood on his hands” and saying there should be “a special place in hell for this guy.” Olbermann said consumers should walk out on businesses that show Fox, and said his goal is to get O’Reilly off the air. Would that mean no more right-wing violence? “

Hey, it might slow it up!

Back to Joseph Conrad. Take it away Malko!

“The brown current ran swiftly out of the heart of darkness, bearing us down towards the sea with twice the speed of our upward progress; and Kurtz’s life was running swiftly, too, ebbing, ebbing out of his heart into the sea of inexorable time. The manager was very placid, he had no vital anxieties now, he took us both in with a comprehensive and satisfied glance: the ‘affair’ had come off as well as could be wished. … The pilgrims looked upon me with disfavour. I was, so to speak, numbered with the dead. It is strange how I accepted this unforeseen partnership, this choice of nightmares forced upon me in the tenebrous land invaded by these mean and greedy phantoms. …
Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again. … It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw in that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror – of an intense and hopeless despair. … He cried in a whisper at some image, at some vision – he cried out twice, a cry that was no more than a breath –
‘The horror! The horror!’
I blew the candle out and left the cabin. The pilgrims were dining in the mess-room, and I took my place opposite the manager, who lifted his eyes to give me a questioning glance, which I successfully ignored. … Suddenly the manager’s boy put his insolent black head in the doorway, and said in a tone of scathing contempt –
‘Mistah Kurtz – he dead.’ “

Indeed he is.