|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Saturday, December 20, 2003
Josh Marshall is worthy only of contempt and disdain. Marshall is not anti-war, or pro-war, or for that matter pro- or anti- anything except anti-Republican and pro-Democrat. For Marshall it is always the hgh summer of 1998, and any news must be interpreted and spun in the same manner as, say, whether it is true that Monica Lewinisky possesses a semen-stained dress.
Consider this posting from last Thursday:
You can, as I did, read the post again. And again. Once, or twice, or ten times, it will not matter; you will still be left wondering what the hell Marshall is complaining about. It's illegitimate for ... military photographers to record newsworthy events? For ... news editors to crop photographs to focus on the most newsworthy subjects? (I demand that all photographs of George Bush be expanded to include the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development!)
Consider what has happened: A dictator and mass murderer is deposed and, after eight months on the run, captured. He is brought in the presence of the man who represents, however imperfectly, legitimate governance of the country that he raped and ruined. The two are photographed. What would an observer reflect on when viewing this picture? The banality of evil? How even the most mighty can be brought low? Marshall sees the tableau and thinks to himself, scandal; that is what is hard-wired into his mental circuitry.
Also note the obliqueness and indirectness of Marshall's criticism. The first sign that someone has lost contact with reality is that he mutters to himself. Marshall's post is one long mutter.