Gene Cook: A new windbag


Previously, I thought Paul Krugman was the reigning champion of the worthless, but he has been replaced by the new huffer and puffer, Charles Blow. I will not save any time to read any ensuing garbage emitted by this newer windbag.

Gene Cook

Steamboat Springs


Chris Kipfer 4 years, 6 months ago

Gene Cook will not read the "garbage" of Krugman or Blow. He will not allow himself to be informed by opinions that are in opposition to his own. This is, in a nutshell, the sorry state of the American body-politic. More than ever before, the burden of citizenship demands each of us to hear all the opinions and arguments on the serious problems facing our nation. How else can an individual filter out the "garbage". If either Fox News or MSNBC is the entire source of a voter's information, perhaps reinforced by a selective choice of blogs, then it's simply a case of "garbage in,garbage out". These "news" outlets are not designed to inform; they have only one objective, to turn a profit by targeting advertising to a specific target audience.

Just today, on one side, it was reported that our embassy in Cairo stated that we abhor insulting attacks on the Muslim religion and also on any other religion. The commentary argued that crying out fire in a crowded theater should be prevented. This alluded to a film trailer calling the Muslim faith a cancer that was produced with "the donation of 100 wealthy jewish donors" to quote the producer who was reported to be in hiding. On the other side it was reported that the President did not properly distance himself from the embassy statement (the actual statement was not reported during my viewing of the Fox coverage). The commentary continued by saying that America should never apologize for its freedoms and that the apology indicates a fundamental weakness of our nation to the world. It will be interesting to compare the Wall Street Journal with Fox News tomorrow. The Journal,owned by the same corporation as Fox, has a very different target audience and will have a cool and straight forward reporting of the story . The editorial page will show a more complete understanding of the facts. Much of the news and commentary today remind me of my class on propaganda analysis over 50 years ago reading the Daily Worker and listening to Radio Moscow, they had their target audience back then as well.

So what can a person do. Try not to be drawn into an echo chamber that only reinforces your own prejudices. Make an honest attempt to hear all sides of an issue. Check the Facts. Read between the lines looking for "name calling, glittering generalities, card stacking, bandwagon, plain folks, transfer, testimonials ",Roger Ebert's list for reviewing documentaries. Beware of ideological solutions. Be pragmatic.

Over 50 years ago I had a conversation with a fellow USAF officer from the south about racial integration. The conversation ended with his saying, "I don't care what the facts are. I can't accept it." Our country has cleared that hurdle, but the race goes on.


mark hartless 4 years, 6 months ago

If you could buy Charles Blow for what he's worth and then re-sell him for what he THINKS he's worth... well, that would be one heck-of-a- good trade.


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