Power and Power Brokers, Doing Right and Doing Good
Biden and the Press
Commenter Dale Coberly: I ran across this in Salon newsletter,
“Your daily update from Salon” Written by Brett Bachman.
“Buried deep in President Joe Biden’s Tuesday speech on America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan was a line . . . one of those uncanny truth-telling moments that Washington power brokers rarely indulge in:
Biden: “This decision about Afghanistan is not just about Afghanistan. It’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries,”
If Biden can make this stick, it is a major event.”Brett Bachman (@BrettABachman) / Twitter
A recent AB post by Erik Kramer was asking whether a president should be doing “the right thing” or “the popular thing.” Apparently, Biden was getting beat up in the press for doing the right thing by withdrawing from Afghanistan. Even though the AB post was about the surprise that Biden was getting beat up in the press for doing the popular thing, the author seemed to lose track of that in his pursuit of the philosophical argument about “right” versus “popular.”
The author’s confusion doesn’t really matter. Probably no one noticed it… and maybe a few people learned a little about the need for doers of “right” in politics to be concerned about doing “what is popular.”
But, what we might learn from the quote in Salon is a hint why the press beat Biden up for doing what is both right and popular. It would be easy to say the press was just doing what it always does:
Feasting on blood and tragedy . . . “if it bleeds it leads.”
But what I think it shows is that the real rulers of America, the people who own the press, very much do not want the US to end its forever wars. Of course it also shows that the insane Right will lose no opportunity to tell the people that everything Biden does is wrong, stupid, and evil.
But I’d watch that “the real powers like the forever wars” for whatever reason.
And just for the record, even Salon can’t keep track of it’s own story:
Biden was not “truth telling”, he was stating a policy change. And it is not clear that Biden is a “power broker.” He is, to a limited degree, currently “in power,” but that is not the same thing.
Agree. Very few people give a rat’s behind about Afghanistan, but the military industrial complex and the people who profit from it care a great deal and they contribute vast sums to secure the politicians which money can buy—which is damn near all of them.
It’s their rice bowl.
Cliché but, I’m already against the next war.
Unless it’s War on the Warming Atmosphere …
Excellent. Good lesson on politics, semantics, and the political abuse of semantics. THX
Well, some quotes got lost in the mail.
The sentence set off by Quote and Unquote is Biden speaking. Otherwise the first lines from “Buried deep,,,” to “major event” are from the Salon article.
The rest is me, for whatever it’s worth.
Oh, and it’s not only “the politicians” and the powers that own them, that we need to watch. but the “press” which is owned by them and writes without thinking. I am not talking about Salon when I say that. but the “press” that screams when it is told to scream, and “reports” when it is told to “report” what the politicians say with no honest effort to “truth check” it, not even the self described “truth checkers.”
In case any of you were wondering, considering my previous objections to forced vaccination:
I am a little queasy but generally supportive of Biden’s vaccine mandate. Queasy because it could backfire politically. Supportive because I am sick of the anti-maskers as well as the anti-vaxxers, and I think they need to learn a lesson about where their jobs really come from. But of course they won’t learn anything.
Supportive because there is a difference between (physical) force, and “no, you can’t play with us if you won’t play by our rules,” tempered a little by the knowledge that in our Economy, losing a job is very close to “physical force.”
Totally understood and agreed.
In this century the Republican Party has gone from the landmark policy initiative of GW Bush that was no child left behind to the the landmark policy initiative of D Trump that was no asshole left behind.