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Poor, Poor Rich - Clown For All Time

Frank Rich can be counted on to write idiotic commentary every Saturday in the NYTimes - and today was no exception. His theater reviews were politically laden slog and his time on the Op-Ed page was an embarrassment so Punch moved him to an Arts & leisure generalist - sort of like a Blog on paper. Here are a few jewels from today's effort(in red) with commentary (in blue):

The ensuing Washington indecency crusade has unleashed a wave of self-censorship on American television unrivaled since the McCarthy era...
Oh yes, the McCarthy Era - what would a Frank Rich do without Joe McCarthy who hasn't been a force in US politics FOR 50 YEARS!!! And what self-censorship is he talking about? I wish it were true, but TV is toilet filled with stinking crap produced by friends of Frank Rich.

Public television is now so fearful of crossing its government patrons that it is flirting with self-immolation...Next thing you know they'll be snipping lascivious flesh out of a documentary about Auschwitz.
Really? REALLY? Does this explain the John Tesh specials and other "cultural programming" on PBS? I thinK the Auschwitz reference was gratuitous.

...Ms. Jackson's breast pulled off its greatest coup of all: the re-election of President Bush.
Rich is gracious enough to call it a re-election even if he thinks of it as a coup.

MTV has been replaced as halftime producer by Don Mischer, the go-to guy for a guaranteed snoozefest; his credits include the Tony Awards, the Kennedy Center Honors and the 2004 Democratic National Convention...
So instead of having an organized sesspool like MTV who broadcasts to morons 24/7, the NFL or FOX or whoever runs the Super Bowl has hired a Super Democrat to run the halftime show - where's the McCarthyism in that?

...she took on "Postcards From Buster," threatening PBS with decreased financing because one episode had the show's eponymous animated rabbit hobnobbing with actual lesbian moms while visiting Vermont to learn how maple syrup is made.
This program sounds like a Saturday Night Live parody - that is, if Saturday Night Live were brave enough to parody Vermont lesbian moms teaching a fake rabbit to make syrup.

...only the latest chapter in a continuing saga at an education department that increasingly resembles an authoritarian government's ministry of information.
It is true that the Education Department should be abolished. Not because of its Orwellian power, but because of its socialist stupidity.

...payment of $240,000 in taxpayers' funds to Armstrong Williams, a talking head and columnist, to plug Bush administration policies on radio and TV.
Considering the "Hot Line" between the DNC and the owners and editors of the NYTimes I don't think anyone writing for this paper has any credibility in quetioning the pushing of one parties policies by a talking head. The Times is basically a propaganda arm for the the Democratic party and I'm sure they are payed hansomly for the unfailing support of the lost cause.

...the glaring reality that the most prominent Republican lesbians in America are Mary Cheney, a former gay and lesbian marketing liaison for Coors beer...
Mary Cheney is the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats like Rich, but the fact that she worked for Coors beer should fill him with fear & loathing. What's more conservative than Coors beer? Fox News?

But gay parents whose "lifestyle" is vilified by a cabinet officer don't have that power.
In the binary world of Frank Rich if you don't lionize the "lifestyle" of gay parents you must be vilifying them.


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