09.01.08 More Hypocritical Bluster on Russia

This past Wednesday (8/28), the Washington Post’s lead editorial, “Russia’s Delusion,” included this lovely line:

“What is striking . . . is the spectacle of a leading head of state making statements that not only are lies but that are easily shown to be such.”

Wow.  Aren’t we lucky to live in a country where we our leaders always tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

It boggles the mind how the MSM can write this kind of utter nonsense without a hint of self-consciousness.  But it is all part and parcel of our national ideology: that our democracy is so perfect that anything and everything happening within it is ipso facto also perfect; that our perfection gives us the right and obligation to point out the flaws of others, without any regard to our identical flaws.  Our national cockiness blinds us to the complete lack of credibility we have on the world stage.

It is also striking that the MSM is willing to use the word “lie” when it applies to adversaries abroad, but sticks with terms like “misstatement” when referring to the untruths told by our leaders and prospective leaders.  This is particularly so in the course of election campaigns, when a misplaced principle of “fairness” leads the media to give equal time and credence to claims of “2 plus 2 equals 5.”

©2008 Keith Berner

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2 Comments on “09.01.08 More Hypocritical Bluster on Russia”

  1. Blake Says:

    Keith, I wish you could link us to the article in question. I could look it up myself but it is 1 am and I am in no mood to do so.

    That being said, your cynicism is becoming tiresome. We do have many faults in this country yes. But that does not automatically disqualify us from pointing out blantent wrongs from other nations. I will readily concede that our democracy is far from perfect, but I would say that we are still right far more often than we are wrong in this country.

    I can only assume that this quote in question pertains to the Georgia/Caucuses question. Please link the article.


  2. Keith Berner Says:

    Not including the link was an oversight — it’s there now.

    Cynicism. That is the right and duty of a blogger. At least this one.

    More seriously: it is the right and duty of a concerned citizen not to take the propaganda and ideology of their government as spponfed to them. “Question Authority” is a motto to live by. Only by challenging established “truths” can we determine which ones are, in fact, true. Only armed with truth can we improve our world.


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