For much of my life as a teen and an adult, I've been involved in risky things.
I walked steel while my father built highrises; I've sailed offshore, climbed rock and mountains, raced cars and bicycles (the most dangerous!) and motorcycles. I like doing those things and the people who do those things, in no small part because they have very little bullshit in them.
If you lie to yourself about where you are and what you're doing while sailing a small boat from San Francisco to Los Angeles, you are in a world of trouble. If you lie to yourself while setting protection on a rock face a thousand feet above the ground, you're going to die.
I don't like a lot of what the Republican party has to offer; that's OK, I think we need a national dialog to make good policies. It takes two.
But given that, it may be puzzling to some (hey, JC, how' re you?) why it is that I bash the media for their blind partisanship toward establishment liberalism, instead of cheering them as an ally.
It's because I find myself in a risky place surrounded by people who have lost the ability to tell bullshit from reality. Our party is wounded, leaking ideologically and demographically, and we sit here drinking quack nostrums made from apricot pits and listening to fake spirit mediums tell us everything will be OK because our dead ancestors FDR, JFK, and LBJ are looking over us.
They're not.Instead we get incredible nonsense like this defiant screed from Mary Mapes, victim:
Much has been made about the fact that these documents are photocopies and therefore cannot be trusted, but decades of investigative reporting have relied on just such copies of memos, documents and notes. In vetting these documents, we did not have ink to analyze, original signatures to compare, or paper to date. We did have context and corroboration and believed, as many journalists have before and after our story, that authenticity is not limited to original documents. Photocopies are often a basis for verified stories.Read the whole unbelievable thing. The go read Appendix 4 of the CBS report itself, which concludes:
Tytell concluded, for the reasons described below, that (i) the relevant portion of the Superscript Exemplar was produced on an Olympia manual typewriter, (ii) the Killian documents were not produced on an Olympia manual typewriter, and (iii) the Killian documents were produced on a computer in Times New Roman typestyle . Tytell acknowledged that deterioration in the Killian documents from the copying and downloading process made the comparison of typestyles "to some extent a subjective call." However, he believed the differences were sufficiently significant to conclude that the Killian documents were not produced on a typewriter in the early 1970s and therefore were not authentic.Now I will leave to others the question of why this conclusion which seems both pretty obvious and well-proven were glossed over in the report itself; there is no other typographic analysis of the documents, as far as I can tell.
Both mainstream Democratic liberalism and free American journalism have been incredibly valuable to our country and to the world.
But when their leadership gets cocooned in - bullshit, there's no other word for it - what they do is disastrous on two fronts.
First, we can't decide on good actions because we have no idea what reality looks like.
Second, we won't get elected because the voters don't believe we're connected to any reality that they recognize or that we can prove.
Both are bad for the Democratic Party, bad for journalism, and bad for the country. Are only the Democrats like this? Of course not. But right now, we're the party stuck in the mud and sinking.
So I'm happy to stand here and swing away at what I see at the absolutely catastrophic detachment from reality. I wouldn't risk my life by climbing with people who were like that, and neither would you.