FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2022
Possible reasons we're loathed: "That is the face of lying," he said. "Lying about the situation in that school."
We're quoting Lawrence O'Donnell from last evening's Last Word. As usual, Lawrence was trying to demonize one of The Others.
In this rare case, it wasn't clear that Lawrence was trying to get this particular Other locked up. It was quite clear that he was trying to get him fired from his current post.
Lawrence has been ranting and yelling a great deal of late—ranting and yelling in the ways which help explain why our tribe is so widely loathed.
One night earlier, we had watched CNN as Anderson Cooper blustered with correspondent Shimon Prokupecz about Pete Arredondo, the public official in question.
(Full disclosure: According to Lawrence, the local D.A is involved with Arrendondo in a conspiracy of silence—a "cover-up." Earlier this week, Lawrence was crazily slandering American police, crazily telling the world what such Others "always do.")
As we watched Cooper express his preening imitation of rage, we thought we were seeing the perfect example of the way our arrogant corporate tribunes guarantee that we'll be widely loathed.
Many of us, within our blue tribe, simply can't see how this works. Our tribunes express their precious rage, and we are often inclined to think that their wisdom is evident.
We're sorry, but no. Our blue tribe's wisdom isn't evident in any way at all. In fact, the "journalists" who represent us to the world have almost uniformly bad judgment.
They have way too much money for their own good. They have way too much, and it shows.
With apologies, we spent the first half of the day inside the American health care system, interacting with some excellent practitioners. For that reason, we won't be able to provide full services today.
(Also, since MSMBC slow-walks its transcript production, it's hard to show you the various things Lawrence has been saying of late. That said, he's a genuine, undisguised stone-cold nut when it comes to the topic of "lies," and he has been for many years.)
Lawrence and Cooper and the rest of this gang make it extremely hard for our blue tribe to succeed. Their judgment tends to be very poor, and most of us liberals can't see that.
Meanwhile, down in Uvalde, citizens own lots of guns. Are we able to respect these people? Or in the end, will our preening self-regard mean that they must be otherized too?
Experts say the answer is clear. For ourselves, we'll hope to do better next week.
"That is the face of lying," he said. If it's the actual truth you want, his angry remarks made no sense.
Tomorrow: A change of pace! Einstein and Babe Ruth!