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Friday, May 16, 2008

CNN Airs More Bigotry

The New York Times reported today that CNN has apologized twice—the second time in writing—to China over comments made by its commentator Jack Cafferty on April 9 in which he said, in describing the Chinese, that they were “basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years”. Cafferty—whose schtick is to play the role of a jaded, left-wing curmudgeon—later clarified his comments as a description of the Chinese leadership and not its people.

But don’t expect Cafferty and his employers at CNN to apologize for the following words, which were uttered yesterday on Wolf Blitzer’s 'Situation Room':

This garbage about Iraq is the same bill of goods that we have been sold by the Bush administration since we invaded that country. We will be greeted as liberators. We will set up a functioning democracy. All good will come to the Middle East. They will pay for the war with their oil.

It's garbage. It hasn't happened. It ain't going to happen. The tribal animosities that fuel the violence in that part of the world date back centuries. They are not going to adopt a Western- style democracy next year or in 2013 or 100 years from now. So, it's just more political crap.
Dismissing Arabs as a nation culturally and historically incapable of adopting democracy is just plain racist. But it is a bigotry that is not only tolerated in leftist circles but rather openly and proudly displayed because it stands in opposition to George Bush’s vision for the Middle East. So much for the honesty and solidarity of liberalism.

Cafferty is no expert on the Middle East; in fact, he strikes me as a gimmicky charlatan playing to a tawdry tastelessness out there in the TV-watching public. But that’s not why he’ll get away with peddling this ignorance: on this issue, he’s amplifying a message that most watchers and commentators on the Middle East advocate. For some, the motivation comes about because they’re not astute enough to understand the subtle contours of an ancient culture and thus lash out with a sense of ersatz civilizational superiority, while for others they’re simply saying what their benefactors among the rich autocrats in the region want them to say.

Nevertheless, it’s heartening to know that Iraq is proving them all wrong. Whether someone like Cafferty will ever have the moral courage to admit it, even to himself, is suspect.

10 Comments:

Anonymous mark said...

Nibras, I just wanted to say that TG has been phenomenal lately. Well done!

3:43 PM, May 16, 2008

 
Blogger Lee said...

I long detected a hint of bigotry on the left's call to withdrawl from Iraq. "We don't want to be involved in this unresolvable mess created by fantatical muslim / tribal fanatics."

But when the media parades half naked African kids with a Hollywood celebrity as the centerpiece, they shake in self righteous anger about how the west isn't doing enough.

The left is highly selective in determing their charity case for the day.

12:02 AM, May 17, 2008

 
Anonymous gj said...

As a lifetime signed up secular Leftist in Australia it has been nothing but shame for me enduring the left/liberals embracement of fascism and their willingness, nay their feverish desire, to consign the Iraqi people to the ashes over the past 5 years.

Am proud to say my son living now in London, who is in the same age bracket as Nibras, has always shared my view and my angst.

TG gave me hope in the very dark hours of 2006. Nibras is a credit to his communist parents and I would like to second Mark's comment here.

4:48 AM, May 17, 2008

 
Blogger Don Cox said...

Those who think Iraq is too tribal to ever be a democracy should look at Scotland, which was equally tribal not so long ago. It isn't easy - democracy is a complex set of skills - but I am convinced the Iraqis can do it.

10:00 AM, May 17, 2008

 
Blogger Chris Baker said...

I would like to see someone publish an op-ed, or article, on the consequences in Iraq if the Democrats plan last summer for a withdrawal in 6-9 months had become official US policy. The vote was taken in July in the House I believe, so it would have meant virtually all US troops out by the end of April. Some Democrats in the House even voted for ALL troops to be out and almost all of them are again running for office. Failure in war policy can have severe consequences however no one has bothered to bring them to account. Instead Democrats are again spewing out more nonsense about a deadline for troops to be out of June, 2009.

6:34 PM, May 17, 2008

 
Blogger Stevend said...

First off, I echo Mark's comment. I read TG every day and I'm thankful for the insight. You are building a big following, Nibras.

The Democrats are and have been playing politics with the Iraq War since they realized they could get away with it. All of those Senators (like Clinton) who ran from the war as soon as it became difficult are disgusting to me. I can respect those (like Kennedy) who opposed from the beginning, but not those that flip-flopped.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Iraq is the first ever Arab Democracy. It was/is being implemented by an outside military force. It is a very difficult, and very noble objective. The American, British (and other) soldiers who participated deserve praise and those that died in the effort have noble souls that will live forever.

Perhaps, the difficulty in the job was not recognized, but part of the problem that gives Cafferty a platform is that Bush is an awful communicator. He has done a poor job in telling the country the difficulties, failures the plan to fix or the successes. (I know Bush has done a little, but it was not enough). I'm not defending Cafferty, but since there is a vacuum of understanding, demagouges like Cafferty spill bullsh*t and people believe it.

6:47 PM, May 17, 2008

 
Blogger BrianFH said...

Stevend;
Bush has had to fight through the Mighty Selective Media, which reports barely 5% of what he says. And they choose the 5%.

Nibras;
you'll see more and more such frothing as the cognitive dissonance caused by the contrast between rapidly improving reality and The Narrative™ intensifies. The wronger they're shown to be, the faster they'll get wronger! It's glorious to watch, isn't it?

;)

7:56 AM, May 19, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brianh,

I understand and agree with your point. Don't get me wrong, I think the Prez has made the correct decisions and will be credited historically for being steadfast. But the President can communicate to the American public w/o MSM filters and, for whatever reason, Bush has elected not to do that.

Stevend

5:31 AM, May 20, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you want the date to read May 20, 2008 .. not "October 20, 2008."

Thank you SO much for what you're doing. God bless our awesome troops and the brave Iraqis!

Melinda

5:17 PM, May 20, 2008

 
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