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October 04, 2010

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting Ignores Orders

A few years ago I made it clear that from that point forward, whenever anyone mentioned Cheney biographer Stephen Hayes, they should call him Stephen "W.W. Beauchamp" Hayes. The reasons for this are so obvious there's no need for me to explain it.

But just today, FAIR mentioned Hayes like this:

...the discussion [on C-SPAN] turned to misleading political advertising, and the efforts to factcheck such political lying--an effort that Hayes cheered:

HAYES: I think one of the upsides to the proliferation of information sources is that you can go to places and find out whether an ad is truthful or not. I mean, you certainly--whether it's Politifact or whether it's local reporters who have teamed up with national media outlets that are fact checking these things almost on a real-time basis.

Ultimately as a believer in free markets, I think if you put out good information that follows bad, if you can identify blatantly misleading political ads, and call them on it, I think that people will learn that it doesn't pay to run those kinds of ads....I do believe that if you provide people with good information, provide them with places to get that good information, they will ultimately use it.

The rest.

People, can't we raise the level of our game? That's a fine blug post, but we really can't have a proper revolution unless you all bow to my iron will.

BEFORE: The subject of Stephen "W.W. Beauchamp" Hayes' hagiography also lacks all self-awareness.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at October 4, 2010 07:55 PM

I don't remember that movie at all. I do remember Hayes being adept at quoting passages that disproved his point. I think I remember one where he was quoting an Iraqi document where the regime was actually talking about disrupting Ansar al-Islam in Kurdistan, and thought that was just the proof of the pudding.

Posted by: buermann at October 5, 2010 12:36 AM

I'm sure that was the best meal SWWB Hayes ever had especially the chocolate sauce on it. Now someone's going to have to tell him what a 'Dirty Sanchez' is.

Posted by: Richard S at October 5, 2010 01:37 PM

For a moment I felt a surge of hope.

Jury Finds Steven Hayes Guilty . . .

Steven Hayes Could Face The Death Penalty

Posted by: N E at October 5, 2010 05:28 PM

Dammit, NE, I was about to post the same thing.

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at October 5, 2010 06:24 PM

"Dr. William Petit, the only survivor of the slaughter, clutched his sister but remained stoic. Relatives of his slain wife wept while Hayes hung his head."

Is this the same Dr. Petit who has ties to Al Queda and is developing a nuclear weapons program in his basement?

I don't want to debate this under a mushroom cloud.

Posted by: Paul Avery at October 5, 2010 09:55 PM

In an earlier thread, now closed to further comment, it was suggested I would probably like Black Elk Speaks. I've already read it, decades ago, but I see there's now an annotated edition. The catastrophic collapse that the Oglala Sioux went through may have some analogies to the tough times some see as possible consequences of the decline of the American Empire and economy, and yet Black Elk was able to "keep the faith." I'm going to read the book again.

My secular pessimism and renewed interest in spiritual things also has me revisiting books by and about G. I. Gurdjieff (1866?-1949), and I came across this story about one of his visits to the U.S.:

The rather young son of a former member of the Orage group asked me [Edwin Wolfe] to get permission for him to speak with Mr. Gurdjieff about something personal. When I told Mr. Gurdjieff about this he nodded, yes, bring him.

The next evening I took the youth up to Mr. Gurdjieff's suite in the Hotel Wellington. After greetings, the young man said, "Mr. Gurdjieff, my grandmother gave me some money not long ago. I'm going to buy a small piece of land in the country with it. I'll build a log cabin and I'll put in a vegetable garden so I can grow all my own food. I'll live there like that. So I wanted to ask you, would that be a good thing for me to do? Is that a good life?"

"Yes," Mr. Gurdjieff answered, "that good life. For dog. For man, no. You eat, you sleep, live in dream. How could this ever be life for man?"

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at October 7, 2010 12:54 PM

The cabin and garden in the middle of nowhere works for me and has for years. But since WE're talking about Ole Cousin Deadeye's buddies and all I wonder IF there was ANY mention about outting a CIA Agent in time of war being TREASON against The People Of The United States OF America. Shouldn't The Memoirs be some kind of "tell all or rebutal"?

Posted by: Mike Meyer at October 7, 2010 07:51 PM

Mistah Charley,

I thought I typed something in response to this, but either my computer ate it or I just had a vision.

I hope you enjoy the Black Elk and Neihardt synergy as much with annotations. I wish I were more able to attain meditative discipline, but I suspect I'm not going to fully appreciate Black Elk in this lifetime. Still, I do see and feel those parallels to the collapse of the Lakota nation, and I think they're universal, even if social and economic and environmental change has now acquired so much momentum and possesses so little mercy that the parallels feel especially strong to me at present. (By the way, the Oglalas are just one of the seven Lakota-speaking subtribes of the titonwan, the Teton Sioux. Read the long-dead old curmudgeon George Hyde's Red Cloud's Folk for a lively though curmudgeonly history of those fabled, fabulous people. It's a sympathetic history for the most part, and it doesn't make the Noble Savage mistake--the Indians were people too, some very good, some very bad, most some of both, and with plenty of questionable customs of their own.)

The destruction of the Indian horse culture on the plains was indeed a very rapid catastrophic collapse, and there were some false bottoms to it too, just as there are false bottoms to our present collapse, or cascade of collapses. You can read a fine book, or even just a review of a fine book, called Education for Extinction to get a feel for what I mean by that obscure remark. It's not an easy thing to navigate between worlds, even for beings as adaptable as children, and each generation faced new hardships, just as our children now face new hardships, which I think ironically includes things that are mistaken for blessings.( It took the Lakota generations to stop their cultural free fall, and they are still in the bottom of a deep ravine. We're not all quite there yet, but we seem to still be falling.

Imagine what it must have been like to live through what Lakota parents lived through, to feel your whole world collapsing under your feet--and, much worse, your childrens' feet. Most parents know what it feels like to look toward the uncertain future with the realization that there will come a time when they can no longer protect those they love. All parents face that, and its that universality--beyond my nostalgia for the wind-swept grasslands of my boyhood--that makes me feel so much poignance in the tragedy that befell the Lakota.

Anyway, enjoy Black Elk. I hope you get an even better feel (because you seem to have some of it already) for the peace beyond knowing that all those mystics seem to feel, which I understand about as well as I understand dogs.


Posted by: N E at October 7, 2010 09:32 PM

Point of view worth considering:

No, Higher Consciousness Won’t Save Us

by Norman Solomon

Posted by: Paul Avery at October 9, 2010 07:02 PM