September 10, 2003
Have Newt Gingrich or George Will Been Writing the Editorials for the Washington Post lately? Or maybe itís Richard Perle?
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
The Washington Post is a newspaper, after all, whose editorial board SUPPORTED the nomination of Miguel Estrada (see [LINK]). Moreover, in their Federalist Society editorial, they made Federal Judge Laurence Silberman into a role model, when he is in fact a highly partisan pro-Republican judge who had a role in the Iran-Contra North/Poindexter overturns, the appointment of Ken Starr as special prosecutor, and the upholding of John Ashcroftís KGB style powers. In David Brockís book, "Blinded by the Right," Silberman was actively advising others on how to attack Clinton, while Silberman heard matters in court relating to the efforts to impeach Clinton. Thatís the kind of judge that the Washington Post implicitly upholds as a role model in its argument that the Democrats should have voted Estrada onto the bench. (Fortunately for Americans, Estrada withdrew his name from nomination the first week in September.)
In mid-August, however, the Post ventured beyond mere partisan support for the Bush administration Neo-Confederacy judicial agenda. On August 14, the Washington Post published an editorial that mocked and derided Europeans for complaining about an unprecedented lethal summer heat wave that spread across the continent. The commentary was lathered in the style of the sneering elitist Neo-Con contempt for the "Old Europe," an editorial that signaled that the Post had taken a giant step over into the dark side.
Before we proceed any further, letís present Exhibit A, the actual Post editorial from August 14:
At the time the Post decided to run the editorial, there were reports of 1,000 Ė 3,000 persons already killed by the heat wave in France alone. A more recent (August 29th) BBC report estimated that at least 11,000 French died as a result of the heat wave. The association of French undertakers put the death toll even higher at 13,000 dead. The BBC article noted that:
How does one account for the sneering, malicious tone of the Washington Post editorial? After all, it sounds like it was written by Richard Perle, totally consistent with the Perle/Bush/Rumsfeld dismissive portrayal of the "Old Europe" as being symbolic of effete wimpiness.
Further decode the editorial and you see George W. Bush, the great pretender, making a cameo appearance as a heroic figure who not only doesnít complain about the heat (no doubt because he only ventures out of air-conditioned comfort for photo-ops that try to convey the laughable image that he is a working rancher) but, according to the Post, "is currently mocking the press corps by pretending to enjoy jogging in the Texas heat." Clearly, the Washington Post buys the whole Karl Rove crafted Marlboro Man image.
Yes, the Washington Post editorial board occasionally supports some moderately enlightened social policies, but increasingly it has become a megaphone for the Neo-Con faction that has led America down a dark economic, national security, environmental and social hole.
Dismissing the deaths of thousands of Europeans is the sign of a newspaper editorial board that has lost all sense of civility and responsibility as members of a human community.
Quel Dommage! (What a pity!)
The real question is who is writing the Washington Post editorials such as this one these days? What is their relationship with the White House and members of the Bush Cartel?
Are editorials like the one above written at the Post headquarters? Or are they written at the White House and just e-mailed over for publication?
Our sincerest condolences to the families of thousands and thousands of people who died in Europe as a result of this summers heat wave.
But we canít apologize for the crude, heartless arrogance of the Washington Post. They would have to write their own mea culpa.
But donít hold your breath. After all, Karl Rove never apologizes, does he?
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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