Money and the People’s Choices
- Clinton and McCain are both NYTimes choices for president
- The Times has quietly resisted this call to concern over the ‘national purse-strings’ through seven disastrous years
- On two year election cycles, the Times and its other newspaper holdings suck enough blood from candidate ads to weather the interim years of slack
- Let alone campaign finance, the Times and Sulzberger family have never used the paper to consistently promote good government, relying instead on the reporting of bad government.
And here they are now, telling us–the most unempowered, uninformed (thanks, Pinch), disenfranchised, frightened, impoverished and confused (thanks again) generation in decades–to suck it up and ‘insist.’
Where do you editorial people live, in caves?
This country disapproves its president by a 4 to 1 margin. It disapproves the Congress by 5 to 1. While we’re losing our homes and jobs, you editorial types editorialize and cheer the latest quick-fix to the major financial fraud of the last 100 years. You actually think (between Manhattan lunches) that campaign finance is way up there on our list of concerns.
Every single poll taken shows that Americans insist we get out of Iraq, insist we stop giving tax payoffs to the rich, insist we care for our wounded, insist the Democrats we insisted on electing impeach this president and vice-president, insist Roberto Gonzales be required to stand trial, insist our country stop torturing its prisoners, insist the candidates actually say something other than ‘change’ and . . . panting and on our knees . . . insist someone . . . anyone, give us back our Constitution and stop calling us a Homeland.
None of that has happened.
None of that has happened while the disingenuous New York Times sat silently on its ass and printed blather, innuendo and falsehood. None of that happened while you guys failed us as a fourth estate.
And now you have the audacity to tell us, like battered children, to insist that our crooked, criminally liable and brutally corrupt legislators (at least the ones not serving time) stop their abuse.
Let me ask you this. If we do, if we come out into the streets (which is the only place left to us since you let us down), will you print the story? Or will you call us a mob? Will you back us, or call the cops? Will you come out in the street with us, or peek from behind your vertical blinds and wait for what George Bush has left of the New York National Guard?
Yeah. I thought so.