Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Here's a good example. . .

Of the kind of writing that can be found here at the Daily Iowan. Obviously, I don't agree with this guy's opinions, but it's the delivery that really gets to me. At least the other columnists, the liberal ones at the DI, have the common sense to frame their column around one or two basic points. The frenetic zeal has this writer trying to make a point with every other sentence. Note how he goes from Afghanistan to Iraq to the RNC to the GOP's stance on gay marriage to John Kerry's votes against defense funding to Zell Miller's speech to Zell Miller not appearing in a photo-op with the Bushes; talk about overkill. About the only thing missing is Halliburton.

I also cannot stand it when writers are content to shell the opposition's viewpoint, but never really feel compelled to offer solutions themselves. What does this guy think we should do in Iraq? What is his position on gay marriage? And why? Give me some reasons; formulate an ARGUMENT. That's the goddamn job of a columnist. It's not enough to simply stand in a corner and throw mud; any serious columnist has to put up some opinions of his own.

In anoter note, this guy actually said/implied in a column this summer that Ronald Reagan wasn't a fiscal conservative, which is such a breathtaking error that it's hard to take anything he writes subsequently very serious. It also means that he's just throwing as many punches out there as possible and hoping one lands. Here's the Reagan column for good measure.


At 1:51 PM, Blogger Tortfeasor said...

Interesting that he accuses the Republicans of "throwing a bunch of gob up there and hoping someone sees a picture." That's how I felt about the column.

At 2:05 PM, Blogger Tortfeasor said...

OK, now I'm starting to get pissed off. This column is chock-full of factual inconsistencies, heretofore known as "lies." Bush, for example, never referred to Iraq as an "imminent threat." Trust me -- the media have searched Lexis far and wide to find it, and they have failed.

His point about the pacification of Fallujah actually works against him, as his alternative would have been to pacify (read: appease) Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

He takes the RNC to task for allowing Miller to speak. Zell Miller was a former segregationist when he spoke at the Democratic Convention in 1992.

Al Sharpton is a certified Jew-hater. He spoke at THIS YEAR'S DNC in PRIME TIME.

Michael Moore, who sat NEXT TO PRESIDENT CARTER at the DNC, said, and I quote: “Americans are possibly the dumbest people on the planet….in thrall to conniving, thieving, smug pricks. We Americans suffer from an enforced ignorance. We don’t know about anything that’s happening outside our country. Our stupidity is embarrassing.”

Moore was quoted in the University of Michigan’s student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, as saying “there is no terrorist threat in this country. This is a lie. This is the biggest lie we’ve been told.”

And John Kerry ran for Senate in 1984 -- the HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR -- on a platform that he would vote to CUT FUNDING for virtually ALL weapons systems.

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Bo said...

See how I feel now, Nate? It's the same shit every week - always this jumble of different points that only occasionally cohere around a central theme. At its root, it's just bad writing.


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