Saturday, December 13, 2008

Non-news is No News

It’s interesting—but not surprising—that media reporters and pundits are doing everything in their power to conflate President-elect Obama’s ties to Illinois with complicity in Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s corruption scandal. Sorry, guys! No matter how much you want it to be true, it’s not true; no matter how much you torture logic, it’s never gonna be true. Read my lips: Obama had nothing to do with it. There’s no smoking gun. Not one scintilla of evidence of wrongdoing on Obama’s part. Get over it and move on.

The truth doesn’t seem to mean much, these days, thanks mostly to Repugthuglicans who think that stretching the truth so that it resembles a size-12 girdle that’s been used to constrain a size-56 tummy is an acceptable way of preserving the status quo. However, that’s not to say that they’re the only ones guilty of prevarication. I suspect that if telling lies were punishable by imprisonment, there wouldn’t be enough free people in media and government combined to populate a basketball team.

No one with at least five functioning brain cells thinks that torturing POWs is a good idea, and most people oppose torture for any reason. But few people understand that logic is a POW, too (albeit more of a political prisoner held captive in the media’s war on critical thinking), and that it’s time to call for an end to the torture of it.