1/25/2006

A Steaming Pile

The day: Wednesday, Jan 25 06
The time: Just after 7 pm
The show: Scarborough County
The guest: Al Franken
The caption: BLAMING AMERICA

(Quick, we need a transcript!)

I chanced by the TV a few minutes ago and who should be on "Scarborough County" but Al Franken, who must have been sitting in as Joe's designated lefty of the evening. Joe is fair and balanced and gave Al the last word after bestowing upon him the Scarborough County imprimatur of "You're doing a good thing over there, Al". Al got to give his schtick and went to great lengths to say that he honored the troops but that there are issues about the Bush administration that deserve a little closer scrutiny. I'm sure Joe was nodding in approval. Except that all of the time Franken was talking, the caption at the bottom of the screen read BLAMING AMERICA.

Sorry, but I could not believe my eyes.

The caption under Al Franken's mug wasn't GOES ON USO TOURS TO IRAQ or FOUNDER OF AIR AMERICA RADIO or ORIGINAL SNL WRITER. Or even NEXT SENATOR FROM MINNESOTA?.

No, the caption beneath the talking-head image of my man Al Franken was BLAMING AMERICA, as if that was what Franken was doing, appearing on that steaming pile of dung known as "Scarborough Country", a melange of propaganda and cheap sensationalism that passes for quote-unquote journalism in these times, times when real journalism is the single most important thing we need, even beyond campaign finance reform.

Let me tell you something, Mr. ex-Representative Joe Scarborough. Your show is a lie and BLAMING AMERICA proves it. Al Franken doesn't blame America, he serves it every day by hosting the best three hours of talk radio anywhere on the AM dial, blaming those Americans who really deserve to be blamed for the fiascoes that accost us daily: Iraq, corruption in government, the gross mendacity of Republican apologists like Rush Limbaugh, etc. These are, of course, the Bush Administration and its Congressional and media enablers--like you, Joe.

To say nothing of going on USO tours to Iraq, an adventure so dangerous that Franken's family lets him go only reluctantly, knowing he could be killed at any second, because they know how important it is to him to show the troops that even people who disagree with the government can still honor the service of men and women in uniform. How many tours has he done? Five? Six?

And if I thought Joe Scarborough would ever see this blog, I might say something like, Joe, don't call yourself a journalist and don't ever call yourself "fair" because that word has to be enquoted when considered in the context of the politics of your show.

And the copy desk editor who sent that piece-of-crap headline to the printer is a tool, too, and you can tell him or her that I said so. Tell him or her that there's a big difference between BLAMING AMERICA and telling the citizens who really are America what happens to be wrong with the idiots who are running it.



Update, 9 pm

Olberman provides what balance there is. Shows Bush at the podium over the caption, "Domestic surveillance for dummies".

Baddabing!

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