Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A little mind with a big mouth

No foolish consistency here

Move America Forward is a small group of right-wingers under the leadership of Melanie Morgan. Morgan is a second-string Ann Coulter, a tireless propagandist who never lets a little inaccuracy stand in the way of her rosy vision of victory in Iraq. She shares her extremist views by means of her pressure group's mailing lists and her morning talk show program on San Francisco's KSFO.

Morgan is terribly upset by the release of the report of the Iraq Study Group. She fears that George W. Bush—whom she often criticizes for not being conservative enough—will fold under pressure from the learned elders of his father's administration and agree to a thinly disguised cut-and-run policy. Morgan has issued a hilarious missive to rally her troops in defense of a stay-the-course program. She didn't mean for her message to be amusing. Her tunnel vision prevents her from seeing just how funny she is. Can you find the punch line in Morgan's call to arms?
We had to know that the Iraq Study Group would be short-sighted when it was announced that the members of the group were politicians and political insiders.

None of the principal members of the Iraq Study Group have served in Iraq or had immediate family members who served in Iraq.

None of these members even bothered to visit the peaceful part of Iraq—Iraqi Kurdistan—to see where things were working out well.

Move America Forward has issued the “Gold Star Families Iraq Survey Group Report” which is authored by several individuals who have either served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or had a family member who had served.
Sorry! I couldn't help myself. The emphasis was added by me. It wasn't in the original. Without a thought in her amazing brain, Morgan actually criticized the Iraq Study Group for its lack of personal connection to the civil war in Iraq. Here's a statement that she did not write, perhaps because it's too true:
None of the principal members of the Bush administration have served in Iraq or had immediate family members who served in Iraq.
Morgan apparently thinks it's okay if a bunch of privileged civilians get to play soldier with real blood and guts (blood and guts conveniently belonging to other people), but it's shockingly presumptuous for a panel of similarly privileged patricians to pass judgment on the egregious errors of the first group.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is famous for (among other things) saying that “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” and Walt Whitman boldly proclaimed, “Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself. (I am large, I contain multitudes.)” Morgan, however, would never admit that she contradicts herself. Oh, no: She had achieved foolish inconsistency.


Anonymous said...

great post--thanks...don't know if you've seen this video of Ann Coulter, but it's pretty classic:

spocko said...

Nice post Zeno. Thanks for pointing this one out. Todd Milbourn at the SacBee did a story about MAF and found that they were claiming they were a charity and that as a tax-deductible charity they weren't supposed to proactively support candidates. Of course Morgan goes on KSFO and actively says "vote for X, republican". But I guess she can get away with it the same way ABC Radio gets away with Morgan's husband being her boss.
Or because, "She is large, she contain multitudes.)”

Oh in addition to her violent rhetoric toward Pelosi: "We've got a bull's-eye painted on [Pelosi's] big, wide laughing eyes",
Last night I was listening to her show with Lee Rogers. They were talking about the author of the book Eco-freaks (a CEI think tanker funded by big business) who was saying how bad banning DDT was.
and that the asbestos 'scare' was just that, a scare and really not that dangerous to people.
They they started attacking Rachael Carson of Silent Spring.
Not content to sling violent rhetoric at the living she suggests we desacrate the corpse of the dead.
she said something to the effect of We should dig up her body [Carson] and kill her again! I'm going to see if I can find that exact audio clip.

And remember this is a Disney station. They are highly paid to spew this on the public's airwaves.
I've been threatened with lawsuits for alerting the advertisers to what they are saying. I've been threatened with criminal action for calling them on their violent rhetoric.
What is astonishing to me is just how intractable the system is to support her. Partly this is a function of the "liberal" management. They view all words that aren't sex or swear words as "free speech" even if they are morally repugnant and incite violence toward individuals.

That is how they get away with it. That and the support of Disney. I was telling the wonderful Zeno how much they base teachers on the show. The CTA and the Union. Of course that is their right, but if I was part of the CTA I wouldn't appreciate my money going to ads on the show that pay their salaries.

Well of course she and her sometimes co-host are now calling Barak Obama a "halfrican". Be sure to check out Media Matter's quote about it.

If any of you care to write advertisers drop me a line. I have a vetted list. High impact to effort ratio.

spocko said...

oh my email is spockosemail atsign gmail . com