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Posted by Michael W. Pearson on August 11, 2002 15:12:31 UTC

Stormy wrote
"Sorry, I didn't mean to come across as pretentious. I thought it was fairly tongue-in-cheek. Of course, criticism is a good thing. I criticize everything. All I'm saying is, you have to balance righteous indignation with cynical pragmatism, especially in politics."

I wasn't kidding. Their written expression was
no less cliche' than yours.

I don't think what I was saying was unpragmatic either. There is a history of the situation which disappears after a few mentions in the press. Most of what they do in the broadcast news business is jingoism, as they repeat all the consumer-happy news between ads, with expose's of their cronies in small amounts as spice.
If the media went on and on with what really created and creates today's problems, it would be a real downer and they'd have lots of churches, corporations, secret police, and "happy consumers" angry at them. There's no way those cronies intend to unsteal or un-screw-up what they've done. The only reason we bother to "criticize" our national leaders these days (knowing they and their media enablers hardly even comprehend what we're saying) is
that the alternative -- to be silent -- does not seem more prudent. But maybe in special cases, it is.

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