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May 23, 2010


In 2000 Mike and I wrote a parody of the Los Angeles Times for Arianna Huffington's shadow conventions. One of the headlines was "Study: Media Doesn't Trust Public."

That was such an obvious yet meaningful joke that I figured someone else would come up with something similar soon. But I've never seen it anywhere until this new Onion story: "Report: Majority Of Government Doesn't Trust Citizens Either."

Check it out, it's pretty good. Then read the non-funny introduction to William Greider's book Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy, which is titled "Mutual Contempt."

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at May 23, 2010 05:07 PM

R - E - S - P - E - C - T
Find out what it means to me

P.S. Haven't you quoted this Greider guy years ago?

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at May 23, 2010 05:33 PM

sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me....

Posted by: Rojo at May 23, 2010 06:11 PM

Well, they can certainly trust us not to do anything, that counts for something.

Posted by: Rob Payne at May 23, 2010 06:54 PM

1-202-225-0100 give it a call, DC business hours only, call often, and spread it around.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at May 23, 2010 08:47 PM

I agree with Mike Meyer.

Posted by: Rob Payne at May 23, 2010 09:22 PM

The Onion remains the only consistent source for accurate reportage that I know of.

Posted by: seth at May 23, 2010 11:23 PM

There's plenty of unrequited contempt too.

That Onion story is almost as funny as Our Kampf. William Greider not so much.

Posted by: N E at May 24, 2010 02:29 AM