06 April 2007

Please, Please, Please...

... will someone, anyone, punch-- forcefully and repeatedly-- Lou Dobbs in the throat? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

Luckily, up here in Canada, we don't find most of the worst American faux-populism on our airwaves. But Dobbs, somehow, makes it across the border, with his revolting, and often downright racist, jingoism that in less-tolerant countries would be regarded as hate-news. Every night, it's the same old story: how the politicians are fucking everything up, which is harmless enough in itself; but then it's The War On The Middle Class and Broken Borders and Border Betrayal. He's the putrefying voice of self-righteous, contemptuous, xenophobic America, which, thankfully and mercifully, is not the real voice of America to anyone who actually knows even a single American. He's the living manifestation of bourgeois injurement.

And yet, many cleave to him as a messenger of news, not least of which has to do with his time-slot at the 6pm hour on CNN. I hope that audience is just the O'Reilly and Limbaugh company feigning diversity.

Every day, I thank God, Darwin, or Ray Charles that reportage, generally, is left in the hands of actual reporters. (Watch people like Dana Bash when they have to "report" for Lou: you can see them choking back the desire to argue with the Dobbsian spin.) I'm glad-- heartened-- gleeful-- to say there's no real version of O'Reilly here in Canada. No Limbaugh, no Dobbs. You get a few such types on radio, mostly out of Alberta or working for the Sun, but they're never given the full credentials of a legitimate journalist.

"Newsmen" like Lou Dobbs are anti-newsmen. They're polemical, cynical, jingoistic provocateurs; they're the most despicable pretenders toward anger, so satisfied as they are in proclaiming their anger and rattling on about "wars" on this and that.

In Canada, you'd never see any credentialed network proclaim something like "War On The Middle Class." You'd never see a report on how Americans are "killing" our jobs. You'd never see given legitimation the passed-off racism that regularly qualifies as journalism on Lou Dobbs Tonight.

Lou is hate, contempt and anger, without solution. He's also smarm. He deserves exactly what he issues--- and a few dozen shots to the throat.

4 comments:

Pious Labours said...

You have to admit, though, that people like Bill O'Reilly, as insane as they may be, are entertaining :) Where else can you see such total BS or plain idiocy passed off as news without a hint of irony?

Dr J said...

Actually, I don't find O'Reilly entertaining: I find him horrifying. He's a shill for ignorance.

sylvia said...

I'm not familiar with Lou Dobbs, for which it sounds as though I should be profoundly grateful.

It's quite likely that my father and stepmother are fans, though. They were already fans of Rush (that's Rush Limbaugh, not Mahogany Rush) before he was even on TV; they think Ann Coulter should be encouraged and, it goes without saying, Hillary Rodham Clinton squashed like a bug. My stepmother I can sort of excuse, because she (a) grew up in Communist Czechoslovakia and (b) is, you should excuse my mentioning it, not very bright. My father, however, is old enough, smart enough, knowledgeable enough, and sufficiently well travelled to know better, and his enthusiastic embrace of flag-waving, ├╝ber-Libertarian, Shrub-supporting, xenophobic, misogynist* hatemongering really pisses me off.

Ahem. Didn't mean to hijack...

* Actually, to be perfectly honest, the misogyny doesn't surprise me too much, since I noticed it long before I knew what it was called ...

RK said...

An American friend introduced me to Fox News, to show me that CNN (which I loathed, and mostly still dislike) was by US standards quite centrist. Alwys with the exception of LD, for whom I agree there is no, but no, excuse. He makes Chaingang look like a moderate, and the fact that he looks like Winnie-the-Pooh adds insult to injury. Bring on the brass knuckles (in the name of tolerance)?

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