I told the Newshour some time ago that I was no longer interested, but I still watch. What else is there to watch, "Battlestar Galactica?" David Brooks is always amusing and his plug ugly Irish friend is so familiar that how could one pass up the chance to watch the two of them "duke" it out? Shields’ point tonight about the utter insignificance and emptiness of the gesture of wearing a piece of tin in the shape of the US flag struck me as "the real stuff." People ask me at times why I don’t wear one. My answer? "I gave at the office." I don’t fly a modern American flag at home either. This is not a post office. I fly flags with inscriptions like; "An appeal to heaven," or "Don’t Tread On Me."
Tonight we had Robert Satloff, the intelligent and fervent Zionist director of AIPAC’s thinktank, "The Washington Institute For Near East Policy" (WINEP) debate Mark Perry, who is something or other with the "Crisis Fora." (forums?) They squared off over the issue of whether or not former president Jimmy Carter (never one of my favorites) should talk to the Hamasniks.
Satloff’s response was prophetically pre-ordained. I won’t go into it. Perry professed to believe that Hamas’s position is so nuanced that it should be explored. Maybe so.
My problem with discussions like this is that the participants are so compromised by sponsorship and ideology that their statements are meaningless.
In my opinion, Satloff is basically an Israeli with ties to the US. Perry is a man whose leanings toward the Palestinians are so pronounced and unequivocal that his objectivity is as much in question as that of Satloff. His sponsorship and that of his British colleague; Ramsbotham, Cruikshank or whatever is so deeply affected by partisan money that his words lack meaning.
Why doesn’t the Newhour actually try to find some neutrals, instead of just matching up the usual talking heads?
Not me. Go find someone new or watch the Newshour decline into insignificance when Jim leaves. A Georgetown socialite like Judy Woodruff as anchor is not going to "cut it." pl