Friday, June 09, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Blog Response: GOP ignorance? or overeager bloggers?
This morning, DeLay’s legal defense fund sent out a mass email criticizing the movie “The Big Buy: Tom DeLay’s Stolen Congress,” by “Outfoxed” creator Robert Greenwald.
The email features a “one-pager on the truth behind Liberal Hollywood’s the Big Buy,” and the lead item is Colbert’s interview with Greenwald on Comedy Central (where Colbert plays a faux-conservative, O’Reilly-esque character). The headline of the “fact sheet”: HOLLYWOOD PULLS MICHAEL MOORE TACTICS ON TOM DELAY. COLBERT CRACKS THE STORY ON REAL MOTIVATIONS BEHIND THE MOVIE.
DeLay thinks Colbert is so persuasive, he’s now featuring the full video of the interview at the top of the legal fund’s website. And why not? According to the email, Greenwald “crashed and burned” under the pressure of Colbert’s hard-hitting questions, like “Who hates America more, you or Michael Moore?”
Apparently the people at DeLay’s legal fund think that Colbert is actually a conservative. Or maybe they’re just that desperate for supporters.
Or maybe people are just that desperate to make fun of conservatives?
At first I read this, like most others, and laughed - even posted the link here under "Amusement: Colbert for DeLay". But then I actually read the email and watched the video unlike most others it seems. While at first glance, i can understand Think Progress's interpretation, if you actually read it, it doesn't imply that - it merely says he crashed and burned on the show...and when you watch the video, you see that Greenwald really DID do a horrible job on the show with his persistent giggling and difficulty articulating himself. I think DeLay is a scumbag like everyone else, but liberals really undermine their cause when they overblow and misinterpret things like this - it just perpetuates the image of a petty, weak, snobbish, alarmist, and out of touch party.
Come on, after the WHCD speech, I think anyone who reads the news (even with the meager mainstream coverage) knows that Colbert is an irreverent liberal satirist. You look stupid for suggesting conservatives are that stupid.Update: for defense of my argument concerning the headline use of the verb "crack" see the comments.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Blog Clip: Ranting Professors
[They make no contact] until the last 48 hrs. "Dr. Crit, I am feeling really overwhelmed by this project. Can we have an extension?'Brilliant.
How about an extension of my metaphorical fist into that void in your intellect where there should be pride and wherewithal?
I don't even have to say that, though. If I wait a day, a grandmother will surely drop dead.