September 12, 2002
Reality TV: a Rant

We'll never see this kind of journalism on television -- Salon's "Forbidden thoughts about 9/11".

Sure it's disturbing, but it's more real than the velveeta that has to play on TV. The 9/11 documentary, though, was amazing (despite the velveeta piano refrain playing behind the incredible shots of the WTC falling).

Also on TV last night, Bill Clinton on Letterman. In vintage Clinton style, he laid out the two issues to consider before going to war with Iraq: 1. We'll dust them in 1 week (the sanctions did work) but when Saddam feels like the game is up, he will use the biological weapons we were talking about, and give them to terrorists who will use them and 2. the precedent our unilateral action will set -- we may come to regret this in the future. But then again, what the fuck does the current administration care about the future? As the government that runs like a corporation, they want to see quarterly profits. Can't think about energy conservation, can't turn off the big oil engine because it produces steady profits.

Oh well, looks like we're going to bomb Iraq.

Posted by tmonkey at September 12, 2002 11:07 AM

Yes, and two totally independent slightly inside-y sources of mine say we're doing it TODAY! Elia points out that it would be insane for us to do it today before Bush speaks to the UN, but has he ever acted in any way that wasn't insane vis-a-vis foreign policy?

Is it too late to become a survivalist?

Posted by: Kio on September 12, 2002 12:13 PM

Norman Mailer, of all people, dropping a little science on 9/11 and specifically on the "reality" of TV.

Posted by: dbrown on September 12, 2002 12:23 PM

dbrown alerted me to the reader responses to the story, which might be more interesting...

Posted by: tmonkey on September 12, 2002 02:25 PM
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