"Washington Post Writer: Internet Journalism Is “Sort Of Like Terrorism”
Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
A Washington Post columnist who appeared on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday described tea partiers as potentially violent and decried internet journalism as “sort of like terrorism”
When asked about her views on the Tea Party by host Bob Schieffer, Kathleen Parker, a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, declared it to be dangerous....
Schieffer then injected the talking point of the internet as a source of such “danger”:
“Some of this really nasty rhetoric that shows up on the Internet….the only vehicle to deliver news that has no editor….And that is the added factor to the volatility of this stuff and where it goes.”
(No filter, 'er, editor, huh, Bob? The lies are why your medium is dying, you know that, right?)
To which Parker replied “It’s, sort of, like terrorism. You know, we don’t know where to aim our bombs, so we can’t go after a country because there are – you know, there’s no one place to focus on it. And it’s the same thing with – with the Internet. You can’t really – you don’t know who to go after.”
Classic. A mainstream media fixture warning grassroots activists not to use “loaded” rhetoric before describing the alternative media as “sort of like terrorism”.
Parker, who also often appears as the token “conservative” pundit on The Chris Matthews Show, then further warned of hate speech emanating through internet journalism:
“People who are not well-grounded and who may have these more violent tendencies suddenly find a place where they can convene and find validation and even find company. And I don’t know where that all leads, but it’s – it’s, kind of, scary.” she said.
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She waxes lyrical about how political anger in the current climate “could escalate into action beyond the ballot box”, seemingly having forgotten that for eight long years under Bush very pissed off Americans have been marching in their millions in protest of illegal foreign occupations and the erosion of domestic freedoms. Nothing has changed, that’s why they are still out there.
It is clear that like the rest of the establishment dinosaurs, Kathleen Parker is “sort of” spewing phony pre-programmed talking points.
Which is precisely what we’ve “sort of” come to expect from these “sort of” corporate media mouthpieces.
Parker ends her column with a valuable suggestion:
“When someone spews obscenities, shout them down. When politicians and pundits use inflammatory language, condemn them. When you choose to remain silent, consider yourself complicit in whatever transpires.”
Thanks for the advice Kathleen.--MORE--"
So when is the government shutting down the blogs, and what am I going to do then?