Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Boobs on the Bus

Since any data that runs contrary to the cherished myth of the "liberal media" is usually buried pretty quickly (by the liberal media, of course), we thought we'd direct your attention to this piece in the current issue of Vanity Fair before it gets flushed down the memory hole. "Going After Gore" examines the press coverage of the 2000 election, where the passel of fools that comprises your national political press corps spent endless months pondering absurdities like "Did Al Gore say he invented the internet?" "Did Al Gore say he was the lead character in Love Story?" "Did Al Gore hire a consultant to dress him in earth tones?" (No, no and no); while ignoring more pressing matters, such as "Does it matter if the President of the United States is a complete and utter fucktard?" (Yes, as it turns out, it does.) It's not an exaggeration to say that these boobs are a major reason why your army will by refereeing the Islamic Republic of Iraq's Civil War for the next decade or so.

One of the press corp's premiere jokers back then - owing to both the depth of her clowning and the influence of her circus ring - was Ceci Connolly of the Washington Post. (Her invention and subsequent pimping of the "Gore says he discovered Love Canal" myth is a case study in journalistic awfulness.) And today, the talented Ms Connolly lives and in Mexico! How great for us.

And yet, a quick (and admittedly perfunctory, so feel free to direct us to evidence to the contrary) review of her coverage of the Mexican elections shows her to be generally fair, or at least not nakedly unfair. It would be nice to be pleasantly surprised by this, but (a) who really cares how the race for president of a country most Americans can't find on a map is covered in the US, and (b) with all due respect, as far as potentially disasterous repercussions for the entire world go, who really cares who the president of Mexico is? Now that it doesn't matter in the slightest, Connolly manages to behave like a pro. Felicidades.

(Connolly also writes for the English-language freebie Inside Mexico. The July issue carries a first-person essay in which she complains that the Bush Administration's incompetent handling of the "War on Terror" has made it really inconvenient for her to travel back and forth between the US and Mexico. As she presents this complaint completely without irony, we'll do the same.)

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