Wednesday, January 26, 2005

 

"Chutzpah" indeed

All the more so, considering that the classic cliche definition of chutzpah is the man who kills his parents and then begs mercy from the court because he's an orphan.
Call it 'Chutzpah…'

Given its almost incredible economic incompetence coupled with its foreign incompetence as well as its commitment to the destruction of American values and the sowing of hatred abroad, right-wing zealots seeking to convince a small majority to retain their heroes in power need not only to ignore reality but also spit nutty conspiracy theories based on their biases and misinformation.  We have a beautiful example of this phenomenon this morning in this Wall Street Journal editorial in which its journalistically cavalier ideologues blame New York City’s homeless policies for a subway fire that it says will put the C train out of action for “perhaps as much as three to five years.  The rest of the country should think of this as the perfect liberal storm.”  They add “only in Manhattan could a burned-out switching system take years to repair,” and blame “distributional politics and entitlement culture.”  They never explain exactly how any of this is connected, which is just as well, because it’s not true.  A front-page story in The New York Times notes that service will be likely be restored in nine months, and notes that the MTA estimates that it has made more than $40 billion worth of capital improvements since 1982.  It is the Wall Street Journal editors who seek to starve the public sector in general and mass transit in particular, and then they complain, using discredited information, about the results of that starvation.  Call it “chutzpah.”  Call it “ideological fanaticism.”  Just don’t call it journalism.
That's like right-wingers complaining about racism whenever a liberal objects to one of the Bush administration's minority appointments (since obviously we're objecting not to their race but to their ideology, lack of competence, or other disqualifications). It's like praising Bush for bringing democracy to Iraq while shrieking about anyone who criticizes Bush back at home. It's like Newt Gingrich or Robert Livingston clucking their tongues at Bill Clnton's infidelity.

It's not just chutzpah (although it certainly is chutzpah). It's also rank, naked hypocrisy. (Sorry about calling it "naked" - hope the FCC doesn't fine me.)
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