Walter Kirn – The Bullshit

Updated on July 26, 2021 in General Stuff
2 on July 23, 2021

https://walterkirn.substack.com/p/the-bullshit

“Every morning, there it is, waiting for me on my phone. The bullshit. It resembles, in its use of phrases such as “knowledgeable sources” and “experts differ,” what I used to think of as the news, but it isn’t the news and it hasn’t been for ages. It consists of its decomposed remains in a news-shaped coffin. It does impart information, strictly speaking, but not always information about our world. Or not good information, because it’s so often wrong, particularly on matters of great import and invariably to the advantage of the same interests, which suggests it should be presumed wrong as a rule. The information it imparts, if one bothers to sift through it, is information about itself; about the purposes, beliefs, and loyalties of those who produce it: the informing class. They’re not the ruling class — not quite — but often they’re married to it or share therapists or drink with it at Yale Bowl football games. They’re cozy, these tribal cousins. They cavort. They always have. What has changed is that the press used to maintain certain boundaries in the relationship, observing the incest taboo. It kept its pants zipped, at least in public. It didn’t hire ex-CIA directors, top FBI men, NSA brass, or other past and future sources to sit beside its anchors at spot-lit news-desks that blocked our view of their lower extremities. But it gave in.”

 

 
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0 on July 24, 2021

I thought of this when I saw that democrats and liberal commentators are in an uproar because the FBI didn’t investigate many “leads” into Justice Kavanaugh ‘s private life.

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0 on July 26, 2021

This was really driven home for me during my DC days. Simply can’t pay attention to “news” anymore.

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