December 5, 2003

Those evil corporations...

Brian writes

....I'm racking my brains to come up with a word to use in place of the woefully inadequate "pathetic". But all I can think to do is to bear down on that very word, to turn to its florid definition and history in the OED, and ponder its meaning on all levels of interpretation and etymology. Pathetic. There is no more appropriate word.

What must it be like in the breakrooms of these news offices? Editors hunched glumly around metal folding tables, drinking coffee, heads propped in hands as they moan to each other about their collective failure to come up with a sufficiently explosive scandal with which to detonate the Bush Administration?

What level of despair must there be among the senior editors, for them to conclude that it's worth a shot to run a story on whether the turkey that Bush posed with was the one they carved the soldiers' portions from or not?...

I can't improve on that.

But something else occurs to me. Some in the press are trying to whip up interest in this, to help their party. But they haven't mentioned, as far as I've noticed, who actually is decorating the chow lines here. Who added that extra touch of holiday cheer? I don't know for sure, but I suspect it's gone unmentioned because the mess hall is run by the Halliburton Corporation. Or rather, by some of the many living, breathing, caring human beings who actually make up the Halliburton Corporation.

When you are hoping the Administration will be tarnished by vague accusations of connections with sinister Capitalists, and with "the corporations," you don't want to put a human face on the bad guys.

Posted by John Weidner at December 5, 2003 11:18 AM
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