Hey, lookit everyone: Frank Rich says that Bush is not the only one to blame for the Iraq mess:
As the war has dragged on, it is hard to give Americans en masse a pass. We are too slow to notice, let alone protest, the calamities that have followed the original sin.
Yadda yadda yadda. Well, cry me a river, Frankie.
It’s nice of Frank Rich to say all this, but get a load of how he moves from shifting the blame from Bush to the general public without once stopping to actually examine, in detail, the mainstream press’ role in all of this. He does briefly say that the press failed to do its job, but only in passing, and only when carefully linked to the (then-Republican-controlled) Congress. If Rich can ignore or minimize the media’s role in all of this, he can then ignore his role in helping to get Bush elected in the first place.
But it’s not just that the press failed to “do its job” — that implies a certain passivity, as if they didn’t mean to avoid to catch the baby before it splattered onto the pavement. The reality, and it’s one that pressies like Rich the Token ‘Good-Guy Pundit’ (to use Bob Somerby’s sarcastic term) want so desperately to obscure, is that they cheered when the baby was tossed out the window, jumped out of the way as it fell, and applauded when it hit the pavement. In fact, as Matt Stoller points out, just last month, Richie-poo was viciously attacking those very Democrats who were and are doing their friggin’ damndest to save the baby.
Yeah, yeah, Stars and Stripes did an article and the Washington Post did an article, blah blah blah. Call me when Katie Couric, Brian (Rush Limbaugh’s buddy) Williams and the rest have it as their lead story on the TV evening news. Rich knows full flippin’ well that the majority of Americans get their news not from newspapers — and certainly not from Stars and Stripes — but from drive-time radio and the evening TV news. If something doesn’t show up on either drive-time radio or the evening TV news, it simply didn’t happen as far as most Americans are concerned, as newspapers — even the wondrous New York Times — no longer drive the news cycle.
Wanna see a Good German, Frankie? Look in the freakin’ mirror.