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Rationally Speaking is a blog maintained by Prof. Massimo Pigliucci, a philosopher at the City University of New York. The blog reflects the Enlightenment figure Marquis de Condorcet's idea of what a public intellectual (yes, we know, that's such a bad word) ought to be: someone who devotes himself to "the tracking down of prejudices in the hiding places where priests, the schools, the government, and all long-established institutions had gathered and protected them." You're welcome. Please notice that the contents of this blog can be reprinted under the standard Creative Commons license.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Bush and Fox: the unholy alliance
If you haven’t noticed, Fox News is where administration officials – from Dick to Condy -- go first whenever they need to do damage control or spin the latest bad news into as much of a positive light as they can muster. Democrat Karen Finney has summarized the problem neatly by stating that “to our mind he [Snow] is just moving from one part of the conservative infrastructure to another.”
This is all the more infuriating because the American public is pretty much convinced – after decades of conservative lying – that the media in this country has an unfair liberal bias. To see just how far that statement is from the truth, ask yourself who could possibly have played the role of Snow in a Democratic administration. The names of Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) and Al Franken (Air America Radio) come to mind, except that they are both comedians, not journalists!
You know, people who went to college, or even finished high school, often can tell you which book (sometimes even more than one!) most influenced their youth and is still prominent in their thoughts or feelings. Bush barely finished college with much help from daddy (pretty much the same way he managed his “career” as a businessmen, and of course very much in the same way he became President), but still I bet there is one book that is still prominently shaping his thoughts and actions. No, it’s not the Bible. It’s George Orwell’s “1984.”