Listen Up to What Our Élite Educators are Thinking
No Wonder They Call Them Egg Heads
Soft, Scrambled, a Little Runny
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger joins the drumbeat of those proposing fixes that are guaranteed to make the MSM much, much worse — and he wants to do it with your tax dollars.
Here’s “the money shot”
“Trusting the market alone to provide all the news coverage we need would mean venturing into the unknown — a risky proposition with a vital public institution hanging in the balance.”
That’s really what he said. Got that? The market alone has provided all the news coverage from the days of Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac right up through the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the San Francisco Chronicle. But to trust to the market alone now would be a risky proposition.
The fool makes an assertion that can’t even be dignified as a lie. With one sentence he completely firebombs the history of English (the languange, not the country) journalism from Steele’s 1709 Tatler through the present day (even though the main stream media of today has hewed true to the Tatler’s mission statement: … while instructing “these Gentlemen, for the most part being Persons of strong Zeal, and weak Intellects…what to think.” right through the 2008 election, complete with detailed instructions on what to do about the leg tingles and heart palpitations which occurred when Obama’s image appeared or his name was mentioned).
What should we think of someone who would make such an assertion? What, indeed!
He even goes on to give a good example of what passes for clear thought in academe these days: starting with a fallacious statement he proceeds through using the kind of obfuscatory huff-and-puff Obama has familiarized us all with to make the case that we will never get any truth if the government doesn’t provide it. At least, not the instruction Mr. Bollinger’s media has been foisting upon us, complete with forged memos of Bush’s National Guard service and slanted news coverage from both the Soviet Union and Hussein’s Iraq in order not to make Communism look bad or Hussein angry.
Come to think of it, under the government we would could probably still have the type of journalism made famous by the Washington Post’s Janet Cooke and the New York Times’ Jayson Blair, who made up their stories and got prizes for them.
These are the people so called The Élite. These are the people running the universities and most of the main stream media. Ain’t it grand?
The whole post and the underlying op-ed are worthwhile reading. So, without further ado, Claudia Rosett with Next Up in Washington, a Media Czar?