A few weeks ago when I was in New York, I had lunch a few tables over from Fareed Zakaria (I was nowhere too fancy, at A Voce Columbus). I thought about walking over to his table and saying “thanks for the Iraq War, you stupid neocon motherfucker”, and I would have if I hadn’t been with my parents who wouldn’t have liked this.
I think everyone should confront our sociopathic media overlords whenever they see them out in public. If Fareed or Bobo or Nooners thinks that if they write something, they might get fucked with next time they go out, they’d think twice about writing it.
People scare easily, especially careerist people. It’s just not hard to fuck with people if you want to do it. I can’t emphasize that enough. The right understands this, because they are essentially brownshirts at heart for the most part, and the left needs to understand it too.
The Times had a very good piece a few days ago about how Kaplan and other for-profit educational grifters gutted White House efforts to limit their ability to scam prospective students. Kaplan et al. hired a bunch of lobbyists, including former White House aide Anita Dunn, to convince their buddies to let the scamming continue. It really is that simple.
What I’d like to know is why the White House didn’t ask for something in return. How hard is to say I do something for you, you do something for me? I want a new editorial board at the Post. They’d do it, if it meant their asses.
I’m not so pessimistic about this election or the next few, in terms of Democrats managing to retain some kind of control. But until the left scares the establishment as much as the right does, we’re mostly fucked politically, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.