Posts from March 2003


: Somebody with a sense of humor at Fox:

Fox News had its own response to the demonstrators. The news ticker rimming Fox’s headquarters on Sixth Avenue wasn’t carrying war updates as the protest began. Instead, it poked fun at the demonstrators, chiding them.

“War protester auditions here today … thanks for coming!” read one message. “Who won your right to show up here today?” another questioned. “Protesters or soldiers?”

Said a third: “How do you keep a war protester in suspense? Ignore them.”

Still another read: “Attention protesters: the Michael Moore Fan Club meets Thursday at a phone booth at Sixth Avenue and 50th Street” – a reference to the film maker who denounced the war while accepting an Oscar on Sunday night for his documentary “Bowling for Columbine.”

The protesters said Fox’s sentiments only proved their point: that media coverage, in particular among the television networks, is so biased as to be unbelievable.

[via Medien Kontor]

Pope speaks

Pope speaks
: He says:

Pope John Paul has said he hopes the war in Iraq will not set Christians and Muslims against each other.

Hmmm. Think that horse may have left the barn about a year and a half ago?

Go, girl!

Go, girl!
: Somebody let Julie Burchill out of her cage and I’m glad. She takes on Susan Sarandon:

I’ve just heard a snippet of the most disgustingly me-me-me anti-war advert by Susan Sarandon, in which she intones, “Before our kids start coming home from Iraq in body bags, and women and children start dying in Baghdad, I need to know – what did Iraq do to us?” Well, if you mean what did Saddam do to America The Beautiful, not an awful lot – but to millions of his own people, torture and murder for a start. Don’t they count?

Surely this is the most self-obsessed anti-war protest ever. NOT IN MY NAME! That’s the giveaway. Who gives a stuff about their wet, white, western names? See how they write them so solemnly in a list on the bottom of the letters they send to the papers. And the ones that add their brats’ names are the worst – a grotesque spin on Baby On Board, except they think that this gives them extra humanity points not just on the motorway, but in the whole wide weeping, striving, yearning world. We don’t know the precious names of the countless numbers Saddam has killed. We’re talking about a people – lots of them parents – subjected to an endless vista of death and torture, a country in which freedom can never be won without help from outside.

It would probably be better if I let it stand there: a powerful statement.

But then Burchill continues to make fun of stars and I can’t resist that fun:

…is it a total coincidence that those stars most prominent in the anti-war movement are the most notoriously “difficult”and vain – Streisand, Albarn, Michael, Madonna, Sean Penn?…

Anti-war nuts suffer from the usual mixture of egotism and self-loathing that often characterises recreational depression – an unholy alliance of Oprahism and Meldrewism in which you think you’re scum, but also that you’re terribly important, too….

What these supreme egotists achieve by putting themselves at the centre of every crisis is to make the Iraqi people effectively disappear. NOT IN MY NAME! is western imperialism of the sneakiest sort, putting our clean hands before the freedom of an enslaved people. But even those whose anti-war protests started in good faith now know that when Saddam’s regime comes tumbling down, thousands of Iraqis will dance and sing with joy before the TV cameras, and thank our armed forces for giving them back their lives.

How embarrassing it will be for the peaceniks to have to explain to the celebrants how much better it would have been for them never to have been troubled by such joy!

Michael Moore, political arsonist

Michael Moore, political arsonist
: Michael Moore is really going over the edge. Variety reports on his next movie:

The project will depict the allegedly murky relationship between President Bush’s father and the family of Osama bin Laden. And it will suggest that the bin Laden family was greatly enriched by that association.

Moore is making a deal with Mel Gibson’s Icon Prods. to finance “Fahrenheit 911,” a documentary that will trace why the U.S. has become a target for hatred and terrorism. It will also depict alleged dealings between two generations of the Bush and bin Laden clans that led to George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden becoming mortal enemies….

“The primary thrust of the new film is what has happened to the country since Sept. 11, and how the Bush administration used this tragic event to push its agenda,” Moore said. “It certainly does deal with the Bush and bin Laden ties. It asks a number of questions that I don’t have the answers to yet, but which I intend to find out.”…

We all know crisis queens. Moore is a controversy queen.

Double negatives
: I don’t make fun of Moore because he’s against the war. I make fun of him because he’s so make-funnable.

I just found his piece about his Oscar speech in which he argues that the boos weren’t directed against him:

…before I had finished my first sentence about the fictitious president, a couple of men (some reported it was “stagehands” just to the left of me) near a microphone started some loud yelling. Then a group in the upper balcony joined in. What was so confusing to me, as I continued my remarks, was that I could hear this noise but, looking out on the main floor, I didn’t see a single person booing.

But then the majority in the balcony

Saddam’s military strategy: delay

Saddam’s military strategy: delay
: The Scottsman argues that Saddam’s entire strategy is — shades of Vietnam — delaying our progress to make us more unpopular.

Despite the US

Bon temps my ass

Bon temps my ass
: Our correspondent in New Orleans reports much fun over Jacques Chirac down in Louisiana:

It is, if you don’t know, the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial. On Dec. 20, there is to be a climactic ceremony in Jackson Square, in which Presidents Bush & Chirac are supposed to kiss each other’s cheeks and get all gooshy.

The thought of which sickens good ol’ boys everywhere.

So my boy State Rep. Almond Gaston Crowe, of Crowley, is filing legislation to UN-invite the head Frog from attending the event. Not to be outdone, a credible contender for this year’s governor’s race has jumped on the bandwagon. And yesterday, Gov. Mike “Duckblind” Foster opined on radio that he may beat ’em all to the punch and do it by executive order. We like Mike. The first thing that pops up on the gov’s homepage, in fact, is a poll asking Louisianans about dissing Chirac . . . last I looked, 54 percent want him disinvited. I suspect a high percentage of the other 46 percent is from frantic poll-stuffing by the state tourism board and the Bicentennial Commission, which is freaking out that their premiere event of 2003 is going down in flames.

See the original Times-Picayune story on here.

: Update: A French trade delegation canceled a trip to New Orleans next month.

News sources

News sources
: A Magid survey shows where people are going for war news: 45 percent go for to cable news, 22 percent to network news, 20 to local TV news, and 11 to other media.

Where do they go next? Mix up the results above and then the Internet comes above newspapers.

The audience is demanding immediacy. [via Live Remote]

: Meanwhile, 42 percent of viewers in another survey said that war coverage tired them out and 58 percent found it frightening to watch.

: Imagine how many will be frightened by French Network News….

Troop buildup

Troop buildup
: So some are giving Rumsfeld grief for the speed of the troop buildup in Iraq: from 90,000 in week one to 120,000 in week two, to 200,000 in short order.

In Vietnam, it took from 1950 to 1965 to get to 184,000 troops — and, of course, many said that was too damned fast.