Monday, February 13, 2006

Willful Ignorance as Journalism

Oh, NonMonkey, how I've missed thee. His drooling in yesterday's paper is notable not so much for his opinion (same ole, same ole), but for the sources he chose to use.

First the set up:

[F]or those devoted to political spin more than truth, there was a positive development in the war, a development which, oddly, took place on TV sets in Minnesota.

A commercial featuring veterans of the war in Iraq began airing here, telling viewers that the war in Iraq is against the terrorists of 9/11 and that it is going swimmingly.

Minnesotan's are probably aware of the commercial to which he refers, largely due to the fact that a local vet appears in it. Did NonMonkey talk to him for this article?

No. That would beadvancing "pro-war propaganda." Nick has strictly devoted himself to advancing antiwar propaganda.

GEN. JC MOONBAT INTERRUPTS: Hold it right there, Wingnut! As the self-appointed guardian of public discourse regarding the Iraq War it is my duty under the auspices of Operation Yellow Elephant to inform you and all other Keyboard Kommandos that you have absolutely no moral authority to hold, or voice a pro-war opinion by virtue of the fact that you have never served in the armed forces. Should you -

NOTORIOUS B.I.L INTERRUPTS: I served in the Army, and I will ratify everything written here.


NBIL: Now off you go, little twerp.

MOONBAT: I think I'm going to kill myself.

NBIL: Good luck with that. Remember: aim twice, shoot once. Now shoo, boy. Shoo.

Thanks, Bill. Where was I?

Oh yeah, Nick Coleman is an agit-prop dispensing shitweasel. Let's look at NonMonkey's sources in this article, which I'm sure are fair given that he's a professional "journalist."


According to the Center for Media & Democracy, Progress for America and its voter fund raised $38 million for the 2004 Bush campaign. Its first chairman, according to the Washington Post, was Ken Adelman, who was the Bush 2004 campaign director. It also used the services of Ben Ginsberg, who quit the Bush campaign after it was learned he had given legal counsel to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the attack group that smeared Sen. John Kerry in 2004.

The Center for Media and Democracy is a left wing group. At least that's my own opinion. Go see for yourself.

Question: why didn't NM contact Progress for America? Did he even try?

Or was it willful ignorance: if you approach the black beast, you might discover that it's not really a beast at all. And that would hurt his thesis.


"This is a political organization that is using troops for a political agenda," says Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). "These ads are trying to prop up the president's flagging agenda. That seems like a cheap trick. It's the same kind of thing he does when he keeps goes around giving speeches in front of the troops."

His group, formerly known as Operation Truth (ex-Gov. Jesse Ventura is on the board of advisers), is a nonpartisan organization that supports the military while "empowering" veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars...

wait for it...

wait for it...

"to use their credibility and experiences to speak truth to power."

So only those vets who oppose the war have any cred. And it's a "cheap trick" if a veteran argues in support of the war effort. No such cheapness if you're an antiwar vet.

This "moral authority" thing is a lot more nuanced than I thought.

Did you notice the description of IAVA as "nonpartisan"? Laugh with me now:


So you've got a pro-Iraq commercial aired initially in Minnesota starring an Iraq War vet who lives mere miles from NonMonkey's palatial St. Paul digs...

...and NonMonkey interviews a peace activist to determine whether or not that vet was being "used"?

Does NonMonkey have any "moral authority" to castigate "right-wing daisy chain attack blogs," as is his wont?

Do you think he cares?

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