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I've put thought into this, but not enough to come up with a great solution, so I'll leave you with what I've written.

1/29/2002 05:08:14 PM

White European Male-centric ‘Truth’
From:
BRAD MARTIN, Jan. 21
Re:
Happy MLK Day

In your MLK day post dated today you made the following quote:

But it struck me, then as now, that legitimate arguments should be able to survive the truth.
Good god man, how White European Male (WEMs) centric can you be? With more enlightened, progressive, postmodern thought we understand that "the truth" is purely a oppressive structure designed to repress the liberated Sisters and Brother of Colour in this world. If you would open your eyes, which have obviously been blinded by your WEM upbringing, you would see that your belief in "the truth" has caused centuries of brutality and tyranny to those in the world more enlightened then us.

1/29/2002 04:50:19 PM

Prisoner Status
From:
ANDY FREEMAN, Jan. 27
Re:
Banal Thought of the Day

Late last week I realized that it was possible that the "not POW" status might be part of a plan with a political aim. The goal of this plan is to provoke "silly" complaints from the usual suspects. Of course, they don't see the complaints as silly, but "the street" does.

Look at it from inside the administration. If you wanted to discredit the euroweenies, could you have come up with a better own goal for them to score?

1/29/2002 03:52:14 PM

The Media Doesn’t Understand ‘Elementary Things’
From:
WILLIAM F. MAGALETTA, Jan. 28
Re:
The Media Critic Who Hates the Media

I've only glanced at your bit on the Houston Business Journal and Enron, but I want to say, good for you!

This goes to something that I've argued with people as far back as the '60s, when they say that the government and the wicked capitalist media pull the wool over people's eyes. I've always asked them how they imagine that the mainstream media or any media would be giving them a very good picture of many things, when the media show every day that they don't even know or understand some elementary things; and much less should they expect them to know lots of things that merely might signal trouble or importance, such as the buzz in Houston. It doesn't matter whether no media could deliver what these people accuse them of not delivering, or whether the media only fail because they're lazy arrogant slugs, but the question is why these people expect anything else and think there's a conspiracy when they don't receive it.

Don't they know that there are many things in the world, and that a group of writers who are both ignorant and driven by what's hot, by attitude, by prejudice, by their own chatter, and by sloth could not deliver a powerfully informative account of everything, if, indeed, any group of people could? Of course, they don't know it, and that's why I often think of certain political persuasions as just slightly better grades of conspiracy theory.

1/29/2002 02:45:12 PM

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