Topic: The Media
Warm Frogs: The So-Called Liberal Media Evaporates Before Our Eyes
Clare Booth Luce (1903-1987) -
She entered politics as a critic of the Roosevelt administration and served two terms (1943-47) as Republican congresswoman from Connecticut. Her appointment by President Eisenhower as U.S. Ambassador to Italy (1953-57) made her the first American woman ever to hold a major diplomatic post.
Why mention her? Because of Time magazine and the Time cover story (subscription only) this week.
Time's cover profiles the conservative columnist and commentator Ann Coulter. Ah, maybe the term ideologue is better. They use the term ?conservative flamethrower.? The article compares her to Clare Booth Luce, the wife of Time's co-founder, and the writer, John Cloud, claims Coulter has "a personality far more labile [likable?] and human than the umbrageous harridan I had expected." He calls her the "most unlikely of conservative subspecies: a hard-right ironist."
David Sirota says this among other things ?
Yep, that?s her.
Oliver Willis asks a simple question - Can we just take the "liberal media" meme outside behind the barn and shoot it?
Yes, one can do that now.
Well, we on the left have Michael Moore. The guys on the right have Ann Coulter. Fair is fair.
But getting a lot of play on the web is this from ?Digby? over at Hullabaloo (my emphases) -
Well, did the woman really say all those things?
Yes. The citations are here, with links to the original items.
Ah, but she was kidding. But she is sly about letting anyone know if she is kidding.
So she gets the cover of Time.
The world is indeed changing.
And in just what way is it changing?
Billmon, over at Whiskey Bar provides this lively history of Luce and Time magazine -
Yes, out here in Hollywood some of us do remember that. Amusing.
So what happened to Time?
Ah, that famous at of Hollywood schmaltz. No doubt that vat is just down the block at Greenblatt?s Delicatessen and I should get a photo for the next issue of Just Above Sunset.
But seriously, the point here is these folks now are blowing with the wind to make money, and the question raised is putting Ann Coulter on the cover taking things to a whole new level. Is the old Time magazine making a comeback?
The short answer is no. The media are no longer that partisan -
Maybe so. But Billmon asserts this new ?print whatever is profitable? is more dangerous than having press barons with large holdings publishing their prejudices.
Yep, at least you knew where he stood.
If you use the SEARCH tab at Just Above Sunset, the parent site to this web log, you will find fifty-five references to Ann Coulter in the last three years.
As a virtual magazine, Just Above Sunset doesn?t have a cover page ? just a home page, and it doesn?t carry a cover story photo. If it were to carry one perhaps the first one would be? Jonathan Swift? Or maybe Duke Ellington.