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May 09, 2005

Why I Am Neat

1. I am neat because I know Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy. A few days ago I called Sam, but he didn't answer. Apparently this is because he was in Syria:

There was obviously no illusion about Syria being a police state�at least one of those at the table had been in jail�but these Syrians are hardly asking for help from the U.S. government. Said one: "We will change things here, one step at a time, from the bottom up"...

But even as someone who works on media issues, I was taken aback by their focusing on the U.S. media. Said one: "We hate the U.S. not so much for your government as much as for your media�your lying, shitty, racist media. Fix the media and the government will follow."

The New York Times motto is "All the News That's Fit to Print." Fox has "Fair and Balanced." But I must agree with these Syrians: a more accurate slogan for both would be "Lying, Shitty, Racist."

You should read all of what Sam wrote, which is also about time he spent with his family in Jordan. Note that another issue he mentions, the Middle East's importation and abuse of women from Sri Lanka, is the subject of this New York Times story.

2. I am also neat because I can call the New York Times "lying, shitty, racist" and then recommend one of their stories. This indicates I have a very subtle mind.

Posted at May 9, 2005 09:33 AM | TrackBack

"Subtle mind?"

Sounds more like flip-flopping to me.

Posted by: Matthew Sullivan at May 9, 2005 10:17 AM

Yes... that's what people with UNsubtle minds always say.

That's okay. Those of us with subtle minds are used to it.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at May 9, 2005 10:31 AM