Friday, April 03, 2009

All you need to know...

NEW York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller equated the Gray Lady to a PBS pledge drive, claiming readers have offered to donate money to keep the Times alive... "Saving the New York Times now ranks with saving Darfur as a high-minded cause."

The next great danger to the free exchange of news and opinion is the attempt to institutionalize the remnants of the old media as charities whose cause, whose left-liberal politics, whose supposedly authoritative discipline, will become represented as too noble, too professional, not to fund. And the wealthy and government will forever be guilted into supporting these Darfur-worthy victims.

Well, with just which side in Darfur do they side? After all, what is a professional but some kind of priest? And what is the bloody violence in Darfur but a form of sacrificial conduct (the bloody-minded self-interest of one segment of Sudanese society notwithstanding, their Jihad is arguably an Islamic and/or tribal sacrament)?

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