Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Newsweek Soils Itself, Again...

Nothing might be more symbolic of the decline of the mainstream media than the final death throes of Newsweek magazine. One stands horrified and transfixed by their Danse Macabre; one part grim laughter and the other part pure defilement.

Perhaps it was to be expected; Newsweek was once a highly-respected opinion-forming glossy; their fall would be reckoned as one of the hardest. But like a man condemned to be consumed by a Black Death, there is no dignity in their final hours; there is only the leering decadence of a a soul that will finally fulfill all of their dark fantasies, knowing it will never face a mortal judgement day.

I bring you...

...A few weeks after acknowledging half its letters were critical of Joe Biden (but publishing none of them), they proclaimed their Al Gore cover was unpopular. Forty-six percent of their letter writers wrote on the subject of Gore, and 74 percent of them were critical. Still, Newsweek ran only positive letters.

Like this one, urging genocide (by man or nature):

As a six-continent bicycle traveler for the past 35 years, I admire Al Gore addressing climate change. However, he fails to highlight the basic factor accelerating it: human overpopulation. Either we address it, or Mother Nature will do it for us. – Frosty Wooldridge, Golden, Colo.

Or this one, from a Lee Bidgood of Gainesville, Florida, who compared "global-warming deniers" to Holocaust Deniers:

Propaganda by global-warming skeptics and deniers reminds me of 1944, when as an Army officer I saw living skeletons in striped pajamas. Horror stories about Nazi concentration camps suddenly rang true. I wondered how intelligent people could commit such atrocities. History records the effectiveness of Joseph Goebbels's propaganda. I hope Al Gore and others can prevail over today's anti--science propaganda.

As their weekly sales drop to around 60,000 copies a week, their editorial staff, rather than sign off with decency and dignity, have decided to remold the magazine one last time: into a fanzine for the wannabe liberal intelligentsia; perhaps the only ones still vapid enough to believe this yellow pap (should we call them "26 per-centers")? And perhaps the staff will keep this thing going -maybe midnight Kinko's runs to print out the covers? - as a left-wing pamphlet for some time longer.

But Newsweek is dead, even if, like some mangled slab of road kill, it still twitches and howls. We will turn our heads aside, avert our eyes and no longer look; for to pay them mind is to invite them to continue to wallow in their own crapulence while they shriek with glee at the horrified face of the innocent witnesses...

There but for the grace of God, we whisper as we walk softly by....

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