ago that maybe it weren't the Great Chomsky what doubted it was Osammy but maybe the Great Vidal (who really was great once; Lincoln is a great book, Creation and some others come close), now Todd Gitlin produces the very quote I had in mind (see end of paragraph 3).

The sad thing about this new bookette is that having seen Norman Mailer make such a hash of himself over Jack Henry Abbott (and no one analyzed the whole business better than Mailer himself in his recent Newsweek interview), not to mention having seen Truman C. get all misty-eyed over Perry Smith, Vidal apparently felt the juvenile urge to outdo them all and rhapsodize the freedom fighter McVeigh, valiant rebel against the government whose tit he spent much of his life sucking, the ungrateful welfare bum. As if jail isn't full of forkups who can summon up enough barroom bravado to recite bad I-did-it-my-way poetry as they get the needle. Sorry, Tim and Gore, he may have been the captain of his soul but his loser ass belonged to the Bureau of Prisons.

Posted by: Mike G at February 3, 2003 06:59 PM

Technically, Vidal is no longer with the America-had-it-coming crowd. He has gone over to the America-let-it-happen wing, and has taken to lifting his argumentation and "facts" straight from Mike Ruppert.

Posted by: Bill Herbert at February 3, 2003 07:48 PM

Thanks! Blogged this here, including your response.

Posted by: Gary Farber at February 3, 2003 08:44 PM

That image of 'death squads in the city sanitation
department, that Gittlin evokes with his skewering
of Gore, is quite telling. I've had a mind to post
a short segment, on what it would be like if the
dystopian portrait, that Vidal paints, were the reality and how he & Pilger, Moore, Chomsky & the
like, would deal

Posted by: narciso at February 6, 2003 07:19 AM
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