With all due apologies, I’m kind of scattered this week. There is no single topic that is screaming out to me, eliciting a well-thought out essay.
That said, the media still manages to outrage me, and I am compelled to share. Use the links to get a fuller story
• Bloomberg, which is hardly a left-wing news organization, reported that the Koch Brothers secretly (and illegally) conducted business with Iran. You might think this would be a major news story, since they are among the world’s richest men, and major funders of various conservative think tanks and candidates. Also, you know, there’s that whole Axis-of-Evil thing. But, no, instead we got coverage of Rick Perry’s parents’ hunting lodge and other irrelevancies. I can only assume that those Dixie Cup ads come with a lot of strings attached*.
• Hank Williams, Jr., an entertainer said something stupid about the president. As a result, he lost a lucrative gig, and there is controversy. While I’m opposed to censorship, I’m not opposed to this. It’s cause and effect. If you don’t like what happened to Hank, buy his records. I enjoy listening to the Dixie Chicks. And if you look to entertainers for your political insight, you deserve what you get.
* And also, the central idea, which those of us on the Left have been saying for at least three years now, is that creating jobs is more important than shrinking the debt. This report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office would seem to support that idea. And if tax cuts for the rich actually created jobs, we would have seen more growth in employment under Bush than we did under Clinton. As Stephen Colbert says, facts have a liberal bias. (Thanks to Josh Marshall for the link.)
• Scientists have found that one of the major differences between males and females is that males are more stimulated by visuals. And in case you didn’t think that was stupid, read this. I look forward to the hot new DC New 52 heroine, Beer Bottle Girl.
* (Please note: That’s sarcasm, not paranoia.)
Media Goddess Martha Thomases is grateful to have lived at a time when there was a Steve Jobs.