This was quite a week for fans of the truth.
Whether the truth was being covered up, as at Penn State, or whether it has been willfully obscured by revisionists with an agenda, as with the corporate media’s and the (un)Professional Left’s continuing hit-job on the Obama administration, people started speaking out.
As friend of this blog Goldie Taylor says, #TruthMatters.
Here’s a compilation of links to the best truth-telling we’ve read on the internets this week, along with a review of some of our own most-discussed posts.
The Penn State football program was not a shining city on a hill.
In the aftermath of the stunning revelations about how the Penn State athletic program shielded a child rapist in their midst for decades, our own asiangrrlMN took on the thankless task of reading the grand jury report and breaking it down for all of us in a seies of four unforgettable posts.
The consequences of the crimes committed by this one accused predator are staggering enough on their own. But when you multiply that by the total number of perpetrators and the many lives each of them has invaded, you begin to realize how many walk among us carrying the memories of abuse. The more people come forward and talk about their own experience, the better. Our brave pal Goldie Taylor wrote a series of tweets, followed up on her blog and gave interviews about her decision to name and confront the man who used his position as a coach to prey upon her and other girls. Our own Extreme Liberal’s latest post chronicles his childhood abuse and offers a set of helpful resources.
Michael Moore is not a journalist.
Twitter addicts watched as Michael Moore set out on a campaign to link President Obama directly with the police violence at OWS sites, first by “asking” if it were so, then palming off an obscure blog post without any on-the-record sources as evidence. Imani ABL was one of the first to write about this meme-generating campaign in two posts. Joshua Holland, no Obamabot he, takes the whole kerfluffle in stride, thinks through the “evidence” and concludes that there was probably no coordination. Tommy Christopher finishes Moore off at Mediaite.
What’s truly mystifying, though, is Michael Moore’s desperation to attack President Obama. There are many liberals who are critical of the President (myself included), but it’s rare that a liberal outpaces the most rabid of right-wing fabricators to do so.
Firebaggers and Emoprogs are invested in untrue narratives.
In a refreshing change of pace, more mainstream respected left-of-center journalists and bloggers have started taking a closer look at some of the persistent memes our perpetually disgruntled pundits and opinion-shapers on the left use to berate the Obama administration, and subjecting them to analysis and interpretation.
- Jonathan Bernstein at WaPo’s Plum Line concludes that Obama didn’t sell out the public option in the health-care debate.
- Smartypants takes on the collective myth that President Obama and Democrats “cave” and deconstructs it with relish.
- Krugman recognizes that the supercommittee was designed to fail and that this is a good thing.
- Steve Benen at Washington Monthly dissects the counterfactual nature of Drew Westen’s increasingly nasty and fact-free screeds against the Obama administration.
We at ABLC heartily endorse this trend, and remain hopeful that, as with Michael Moore’s most recent experiment, we denizens of the internet will be more effective, timely and pro-active in shooting down false memes before they have an opportunity to become entrenched.
Chris Matthews has a book to sell.
Chris would like you to read his book about JFK. He has a funny way of selling his book that mostly involves comparing the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and his family negatively to the idol of his youth. Matthews mouthed off in an interview on MSNBC that the Obamas haven’t demonstrated enough “gratitude” and said, “If I could say one thing to Barack Obama, it’s ‘stop showing us how smart you are and lead us!’”, and set off a Tweetstorm. Friends of this blog Joy Reid and Marion Watts weighed in with sharply contrasting opinions on the substance and implications of Matthews’ comments, and to what extent his comments were racial dogwhistles. We at ABLC see merits in both their posts, and would like to remind you that while people are talking about where Chris Matthews sits on the racial animus spectrum, Pat Buchanan is still on the payroll at MSNBC.
UC Davis has some explaining to do.
Imani ABL flagged this amazing video of UC Davis police pepper-spraying Occupy demonstrators, and the firestorm that has ensued. We’d like to share a Facebook status update from Christopher Cabaldon, the mayor of Davis neighbor West Sacramento, that manages to assimilate all conflicting opinions toward the Occupy movement while standing firm against police brutality.
I’m a progressive and I also govern a police department and public spaces. Having been forged in the anti-apartheid movement, I know the power and the desperate need for protest, even as I’m troubled by the misdirected targeting of good public servants and the people’s sacred realm of public spaces rather than the truly corrupted (and THEIR property, assets, and playgrounds) whose power extends beyond the triviality of a campus or city limits. But even through many mixed feelings and a search for the right path, there is no doubt in my mind or soul that what UCDPD did on Friday was fundamentally wrong. And that the powerful moment captured by this video says so much about tragedy, meaning, and reflection.
What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments!