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  • aubrey smith
    April 01, 2011 - 22:22

    Mencken outranks Chomsky any day.Just look at this astute observation by H.L. . The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men ( i.e. is those are merely mediocre but who move up because they have forceful personaliites) . As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. What forsight to see that George W. Bush would take America's highest office and what a warning to Canadians to avoid a symmetrical happening with Stephen Harper on May 2.

  • Herb Morrison
    April 01, 2011 - 13:55

    News commentators and politicians themselves sometimes compare their election campaigns to a horse race. At the beginning of the campaign, you are certain to hear somebody remark: that the politicians are “out of the gate.” When I reflect on the behaviour of some politicians in both the Federal and Provincial political arenas, whether they are in the House of Commons, the House of Assembly, or on the campaign trail, at times their behaviour does indeed put me in mind of at least a part of a horse’s anatomy. If said politicians want to behave like horse’s asses, that’s their prerogative. However, the recent decision by a raft of politicians to return to the political arena and run in the federal election, leads me to believe that they must think that we Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans are a bunch of dumb horse’s asses, incapable of recognizing what appears to be examples of political opportunism at its’ worst. Personally speaking, I’m offended.

  • james
    April 01, 2011 - 12:44

    we live in a fictional democracy

  • Politically Incorrect
    April 01, 2011 - 10:58

    And what you overlooked is that as most medial outlets are owned, and funded by corporate advertisers, making it foolish for journalists to hold their masters up to the light. We have seen how independent, investigative journalism has been replaced by reporters who allow themselves to be “embedded” with and regurgitate the “information” allowed to them. Take for instance those reporters on Harper’s campaign who are only allowed five questions. What about those journalists who were fired when Conrad Black bought out their news agencies and purged those who didn’t agree with his dictates? Even the CBC has dumbed-down for fear of enraging their Conservative masters. When the WikiLeaks documents were released it was telling that the major news outlets in the West were more interested in Assange’s personal life than the shocking facts that were only reported in the independent and “foreign” press such as AL Jazeera. People go with the facts to which they have access, and as many of these “facts” are necessarily vetted through the corporate filter, so is our thinking. Why do you think the “fair and balanced” FOX News has had such an impact on American culture as opposed to even Canada’s. Your puerile characterisation of Chomsky and (Suzuki??!- oh right, he’s on your watch-list – you might have thrown in Muslims too, Brian) as celebrating the demise of the western media model, belies a complete misunderstanding of Chomsky’s works. He has been a staunch defender of the independent and investigative journalism that is key to a functioning democracy.