Friday, June 30, 2006

On Olbermann, Seinfeld and Liberal humor..

Clark Baker
has an excellent incisive piece on a recent minor brouhaha between the obtuse ex-sport analyst turned Lib Cynic-shill.

ex-Liberal in Hollywood: On Humor & Fascism

The incident is reported and drilled into and the telling point, regarding Olbermann and his fellow travelers, is this quote from George Orwell:

Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’. The idea that you can somehow remain aloof from and superior to the struggle, while living on food which British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion bred of money and security…

What I object to is the intellectual cowardice of people who are objectively and to some extent emotionally pro-Fascist, but who don’t care to say so and take refuge behind the formula ‘I am just as anti-fascist as anyone, but—’. The result of this is that so-called peace propaganda is just as dishonest and intellectually disgusting as war propaganda.

To which Baker adds:
Although Olbermann thinks he confronted hate, he actually attacked Americans who have good reason to question his patriotism. I wasn’t privy to the email exchange, but those who subordinate their country and servicemen for envy or greed (ratings) probably lacks spiritual values as well.

The other point leading to the topic of this post really made sense to me.

Seinfeld was watched and enjoyed by millions but you will all remember the dichotomy exposed on the LAST Episode.
Evidently most of his viewers were shocked at it... because they saw something that differed with their impression of the back-story of the entire series.

I was shocked, too.. but only in that all the self-absorbed numbnuts ditziness had come home to roost on the main characters. Which obviously you wouldnt expect from a n obstensible Liberal creative type.

But then Larry David, even in his most current effort is the world's best caricature of what most think a Lib is really all about.

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