Monday, May 16, 2005

Editor and Publisher has crushed my soul

No surprise-Cheney lied through his teeth about that whole President thing. I need to take a moment to curse the messenger on this one-Fuck you, Bob Woodward. You don't even deserve the immortality bestowed upon you by Robert Redford.

As if that weren't enough, the American public has reaffirmed its hatred of the Constitution. This is the sort of information that both makes me proud to be the sort of elitist who actually knows which freedoms the First Amendment guarantees and leaves me terrified of "the general public." Seriously, WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
A survey to be released Monday reveals a wide gap on many media issues between a group of journalists and the general public. In one finding, 43% of the public says the press has too much freedom, while only 3% of journalists agree. And just 14% of the public can name "freedom of the press" as a guarantee in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, in the major poll conducted by the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy.

At least now I know where all the high school kids are getting their miseducation. I add to Liliana's list a #7: Force all high school students to get tattoos of the First Amendment on their bodies, to be readable both to others and in mirrors. The 86% of adults who don't know that a free press is guaranteed by the FATHERS OF OUR REPUBLIC will be subjected to Kafkaesque torture. If they don't think we live in a free society, I guess they don't have to be treated quite so nice, now do they?

If one of these two stories had appeared today, I would have been outraged. Together, well, let's just say the third rail is looking mighty comfy right now.

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