Friday, May 29, 2009

Obama's press secretary uses the redneck defense in response to rape photo allegations

The redneck defense being "You can't trust the British newspapers". Not only "the allegations are false" and "they're overblown" but that the whole British media is unreliable, unlike the U.S. media of course. It's a stunning display of bullshit that rivals the worst of Bush's reign. It literally has to be read to be believed:

"“I don’t want to speak generally about some reports I’ve seen over the past few years in the British media,” he said. “And, in some ways I’m surprised it filtered down. Let’s just say if I wanted to read — if I wanted to read a write-up of how Manchester United fared in the Champion’s League cup, I might open up a British newspaper.

If I was looking for something that bordered on truthful news, I am not entirely sure [British papers] would be the first stack of clips I picked up,” deadpanned Gibbs."

Not only is this insane, something that rival's Rumsfeld's gnomic declaration about unknown knowns and known unknowns, it's a stab in the back for Obama supporters and for Progressives in general. Is this what "Change you can believe in" is about? Slandering an entire country's media when they publish reports about something that you don't like?

Yet, I see the article in The Nation, at the front page of their site, telling me how I have to help hold Obama to the progressive values he came to power on. While the timing is coincidental, I have to say that, in the words of others, I don't have to do anything but die. Fuck you're idea of having me have to get behind Obama instead of being critical of him in order to ensure he carries through his campaign promises.

Let's shame him into doing so, not try to do it by approaching him on our hands and knees. I'd rather die on my feet than serve on my knees, to use another expression.

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