An Excerpt From Barrett Brown’s Keep Rootin’ for Putin: Richard Cohen Chapter

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Certain things are obvious, or at least seemingly obvious after having been pointed out. The implications of these obvious things, though, tend towards obscurity.

In April of 2009, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen expressed some concern over America’s ongoing debate on the subject of torture, a discussion he worried had been “infected with silly arguments about utility: whether it works or not.” Those silly-billies who believe that it does not work, we are told, are simply being gloomy gusses. “Of course it works—sometimes or rarely, but if a proverbial bomb is ticking, that may just be the one time it works,” he hypothesized, or something.

Fair enough; there are quite a few commentators who believe likewise, and Cohen is certainly entitled to his opinion. In fact, he is apparently entitled to two of them.

 

Angel Haze Responds to Richard Cohen

By: Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:22 pm

In case you missed it the Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen suggested that there was a relationship between Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and the Steubenville Rape case

Richard Cohen Embarrasses Himself, NYC Is Not Unique

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 8:30 am

Since a judge declared the New York City’s stop and frisk program unconstitutional there has been a steady stream of individuals defending this clearly racist policy. Most have defended the policy by trying to claim credit for what has really been a national decrease in crime. In the Washington Post Richard Cohen takes it one step further by claiming New York City’s drop in crime is unique.

America’s Concern Troll

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 1:30 am

Self-proclaimed Washington Post “liberal” columnist Richard Cohen has yet to meet a war he wasn’t willing to have some other American fight.

Washington Post Op-Eds: Three Yawns and a Sequester

By: Tuesday February 19, 2013 7:16 pm

No amount of caving on Social Security and Medicare on Obama’s part is going to satisfy the Tea Party, so my prediction, is that the sequester will happen. It will be followed by emergency measure after emergency measure in the opening days of March as constituencies scramble to restore funding, as the Lear jets of lobbyists urgently cutting their Florida vacations short jam “Reagan” National Airport, and as people out in the land anxiously await the results.

Old Hands Ready for More Blood, 10 Years After Colin Powell’s U.N. Speech

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 5:45 pm

When Secretary of State Colin Powell spoke to the U.N. Security Council on February 5, 2003, countless journalists in the United States extolled him for a masterful performance — making the case that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The fact that the speech later became notorious should not obscure how easily truth becomes irrelevant in the process of going to war.

Ten years later — with Powell’s speech a historic testament of shameless deception leading to vast carnage — we may not remember the extent of the fervent accolades.

Late Night: Booby Prizes

By: Thursday January 24, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve often wondered what on earth it is that drives people to become Republicans.  Is it personal wealth and privilege?  Sometimes, undoubtedly.  Deep-seated bigotry?  That tends to play a role as well.  Stupidity?  Yes, but that only applies to voters, not the politicians themselves.

The likeliest answer, however, isn’t grounded in such subjective, and ultimately unknowable, value systems. 

The Politics of Lying

By: Sunday April 29, 2012 8:00 pm

One of my favorite authors, David Wise, published a book in 1973 called The Politics of Lying: Government Deception, Secrecy, and Power. At the time, of course, Watergate was rapidly unfolding, and the first President since Andrew Johnson was about to be impeached for, well, lying. I know it seems quaint today, when actually telling the truth about anything is seen as more politically damaging, but back then, people were still offended about being lied to, for which reason liars at least had some fear of getting caught.

Lawmakers Debate Debt Limit, Jobs Agenda Lags

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 9:05 am

Lori Montgomery reports that the White House is “speeding up” debt limit talks, with an outline of spending cuts and deficit triggers in exchange for a debt limit increase. Montgomery breaks some news about one potential trigger, which would, according to Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D), lead to tax increases and specifically entitlement cuts, if annual targets for the deficit are not met. Coons thinks this would motivate both sides to get to the savings goals by other means, rather than whacking the safety net or raise taxes, but it sounds like a dangerous game.

Now his concern trolling belongs to the World

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 1:30 am

America’s Concern Troll goes International.

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