In an unsigned editorial, the NYTimes pats itself on the back and says the President is living in a fantasy world. Amazing.
As President Bush throws himself into the final days of a particularly nasty campaign season, he’s settled into a familiar pattern of ugly behavior. Since he can’t defend the real world created by his policies and his decisions, Mr. Bush is inventing a fantasy world in which to campaign on phony issues against fake enemies.
In Mr. Bush’s world, America is making real progress in Iraq. In the real world, as Michael Gordon reported in yesterday’s Times, the index that generals use to track developments shows an inexorable slide toward chaos. In Mr. Bush’s world, his administration is marching arm in arm with Iraqi officials committed to democracy and to staving off civil war. In the real world, the prime minister of Iraq orders the removal of American checkpoints in Baghdad and abets the sectarian militias that are slicing and dicing their country.
In Mr. Bush’s world, there are only two kinds of Americans: those who are against terrorism, and those who somehow are all right with it. Some Americans want to win in Iraq and some don’t. There are Americans who support the troops and Americans who don’t support the troops. And at the root of it all is the hideously damaging fantasy that there is a gulf between Americans who love their country and those who question his leadership.
There's nuance for you. But since when has a dialectic been a bad thing for society? Clearly the Times has picked sides. I haven't much weighed in on this whole Conservatives vs NYT thing, and I still think it's beneath me, but I understand where defenders of the President are coming from. But I think the broader picture is MSM vs Blogosphere and I'm satisfied with that codependent rivalry as it stands. Nobody needs to assist the Right in getting its messages out there so, really I'm not concerned.
What concerns me are the issues of collaboration, resolution and rectification. Neither the 'sphere nor the MSM do a decent job of leveraging the literate population towards those ends. I hope to be part of that process going forward, and I expect that my professional background will be of a great deal of assistance in that regard. Stay tuned, I've got my Ruby working.