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And you a journalist. there was quite a bit about the LA protests about immigration, I suppose because it could be included in the guinness book of records (demo section)
'"Journalist"? I dispute that, sir! I would have you retract that slur!
(Actually I seem to remember something about the immigration demos on Jon Stewart... now you mention it.)
Like most of the anti-war demos in London, you'd never know they'd happened if you relied on Fleet St. or tv: the infotainment motorcade rolls on, packed with juicy tales like this:
- Fear and, indeed, loathing. As good Doors fans, of course, we're completly behind such ritual dismemberment: "the engine runs on glue & tar," etc.
i don't think there's much sinister abt brit media's failure to report this well: since the majestic charles wheeler retired, no mainstream uk channel has achieved competent coverage of US beyond-beltway politics -- wheeler cut his teeth reporting on the civil rights marches, talking to political "outsiders", but his successors just don't do the footwork
first: basically brit media allows itself be dazzled by the "insider" element of US politics -- hence the endless parade of think-tank nobodies on eg newsnight -- and in this instance, the professional US politicos on all sides were totally wrong-footed by the sheer scale of these demos (hence bbc et al doubly late to the picnic)
second: given the conventional (US) wisdom abt the republican coalition -- that odd and unstable as it is, political threats to it always simply firm it up -- but the argument about the legal status of worker-migrants in america tears at the heart of the coalition, since neo-lib business-world pragmatism recognises the utter necessity of LOTS AND LOTS of off-the-books very cheap labour, while the nativist rightwing -- lost in rancid chauvinist fantasyland -- is calling for the criminalisation of some 12 million people, free-fire-zone border controls and an anti-mexican wall from sea to shining sea
GOP triumphalism after bush's narrow-squeak victory in nov 2004 claimed that conservative values-convergence would soon see black and latino churchgoers (evangelical and catholic respectively) flocking to polls to vote repub
but in the event a sequence of catastrophic bush administration blunders leave black and latino voters less likely than EVER to get in bed with repubs: the medicare botch, the social security debacle, the murderously incompetent katrina response, and now a chaotically flubbed attempt at appeasing red-meat red-state white racists -- in fact they've pissed off both sides mightily, and even though you'd always want racists to be the ones whose dreams aren't fulfilled, in practical ballot-box terms it's a nightmare for the right
you do what you like Mr. P. I don't think these people understand how blogs drain valuable talent energy
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War, war, war.
Why can't we just all get along, eh?
Prozac for the masses, I say!