635 comments: The ongoing state of U.S. intelligence may not be all that good.
Consider what happened when Maureen Dowd wrote that ridiculous column about Susan Rice—her latest ridiculous column.
(For background, see our award-winning previous post.)
Dowd's column was a real groaner this Wednesday. Breaking with recent precedent, Dowd’s editors allowed Times readers to post a full set of comments.
635 readers did. To read the column and those comments, go ahead—just click here.
We’ve read through hundreds of those comments. We haven’t found a single one which challenged Dowd’s most ridiculous criticism of Rice. We refer to the absurd complaint Dowd advanced in this blindingly foolish passage:
DOWD (11/28/12): When Rice heard the president of the Libyan National Congress tell Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation,” right before her appearance, that 50 people had been arrested who were either foreign or affiliated with or sympathized with Al Qaeda, why did she push back with the video story? “Why wouldn’t she think what the Libyan president said mattered?” Collins wondered.That criticism of Ambassador Rice is so stupid it squeaks. It virtually defines the idiocracy in which we all seem to live.
It would be hard to make a dumber complaint. But go ahead! Try to find a single comment which mentions this problem.
635 people left comments. Can you find a single person who challenged the idiocracy of that complaint by Dowd?
Let’s be fair. It isn’t fair to expect Times readers to know every fact about this topic, or about any other topic.
But the foolishness of this criticism of Rice doesn’t turn on matters of fact. On its face, it’s just blindingly stupid to think that Rice would abandon U.S. intelligence so she could agree, right there on the spot, with claims by a Libyan pol.
Question: Who would think that someone like Rice would ever do something like that? Answer: Apparently, 635 readers! And many, many thousands more, the ones who didn’t comment.
Is it fair to think that readers should spot such absolute nonsense? Maybe it is, perhaps not.
But surely, other journalists can see through such nonsense! Readers, guess again!
Question: Have you seen a single journalist complain about this ridiculous criticism of Rice? Have you seen Dowd criticized, even once, for advancing such absolute nonsense?
How about the ridiculous Schieffer? Has anyone criticized him?
This ridiculous criticism of Rice has been getting pimped for weeks. The criticism is dumb beyond dumb.
Have you seen any journalist say so? If you haven’t, why not?
Before life is done, we’ll look at Joan Walsh’s mumble-mouthed criticism of an earlier column by Dowd. But you do live in an idiocracy when people like Collins, Schieffer and Dowd can advance such a blindingly stupid complaint without a single word of pushback. And yes, to state the obvious once again:
This is the way George W. Bush ended up in the White House.
Our world is not the world described in your eighth-grade civics text. Mike Judge described our world rather well.
Your journalists have agreed to pretend.
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