Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Triangulating house negroes and unempirical spokesmen of empire

"And be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them." Al Quaeda to Obama.

''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality." Unidentified Bush advisor, 2002.

I can't help but think that until the alleged paper of record comes clean on the source of that paradigmatic quote in Ron Suskind's piece, it will be impossible to gauge the rhetoricity of language like that above, attributed to Al-Zawahiri.

I mean, the quote defines what has become a key node for our understanding of the guiding mind behind the last eight years - at least - of the architectonics of Washington's command of what reality is.

Yet we don't know who defined it for us so neatly, so precisely, because the newspaper of record has never divulged the source.

The newspaper of record is a record of not-for-attribution and off-the-record information that gives us a mottled panorama of journalistic narrative. We are told - sort of - the stories, but the storytellers remain behind the concertina wire of privilege.

Fuck you, New York Times. Fuck you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens when the internet goes out? What when all other forms of distal inform? Would, will we do any different, Lee? Would even greater evils be done without our knowing? Or must we, at all costs, know, it, everything, all, so that it MAY continue, and thus, evermore, the news net shall remain up, our knowing, fuel for the conflagration, burnt complicit.

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11/20/2008 5:39 AM  

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