NARN, The Cone Of Silence Edition

The Northern Alliance Radio Network will be on the air today, with our six-hour-long broadcast schedule starting at 11 am CT. The first two hours features Power Line’s John Hinderaker and Chad and Brian from Fraters Libertas. Mitch and I hit the airwaves for the second shift from 1-3 pm CT, and King Banaian and Michael Broadkorb have The Final Word from 3-5. If you’re in the Twin Cities, you can hear us on AM 1280 The Patriot, or on the station’s Internet stream if you’re outside of the broadcast area.
Today, Mitch and I review The New Republic story to determine why Franklin Foer can’t just admit what everyone already knows. We’ll also talk about sanctions in Iran, the continued steep drop in casualties in Iraq, and the Democratic response to both. We promise to tickle your amygdalae while also stimulating your intellect!
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3 thoughts on “NARN, The Cone Of Silence Edition”

  1. And, just like the Cone of Silence, it never works out well for those who use it. Everyone outside knows whats going on, while no one on the inside can communicate well. It can even end up destroying the office. Good metaphor!

  2. Ya know what? Foer is up against the army’s PR machine. It may take awhile. But he’s got cards.
    For instance. The army’s PR machine doesn’t decide content. Journalists decide their own content.
    Foer, in the beginning, said he wanted to investigate this further.
    So the army then twisted Beauchamp like a pretzel. Kept him hidden in the closet like a crazy aunt.
    And, then told TNR the “results.”
    Would work if everybody respected fascism.
    Can blow up on ya, though.
    It’s a sewer pipe.
    And, you don’t know anything except that Foer hasn’t folded. And, he still has his job!
    He also doesn’t have to say anything. Short of DOING an investigation; their position is that this has been stymied.
    Talk about Stephen Glass all you want. But the magazine INVESTIGATED.
    Ditto, for the NY Times and the Jayson Blair “event.”
    Here?
    You think “take the word of the army” works well over time?
    I’m starting to smell the herring.
    Ah. And, the “competition” between the thousands of blogs … and the few professionals. There’s been a roiling fight on this one! And, so far? Both sides exchange blows.
    But for the blogs? The more there are the less likely any one of them gets to “Broadway.”
    And, he who has the patience of a saint? Might be the one who stays quiet. Knowing Bush doesn’t know how to close.
    And, knowing that just holding on is an advantage.
    Beauchamp, by the way, plaigerized. That episode with the burnt lady’s face? Not in Irak. Not in Kuwait. Not an urban legend.
    But TNR couldn’t carry forward on its investigation. They got stymied.
    But wait. They buy ink by the barrel.
    And, people seem to love long, drawn out dog fights.
    I don’t think TNR goes after the military at all.
    But what if they get their hands on Bush’s 3-page hand-written letter, to the saud’s?
    Most generals will tell ya, you can fight another day. Just don’t go back to where the enemy has all their troops. Look to flank. Or drop bombs on them from above.
    Tables turn in politics all the time.
    This one? Gosh. For $3-trillion dollars our military thought a liberal magazine was the enemy? REALLY?
    OH. And, war is now PC. NO, it’s not! War is hell!
    And, Baghdad doesn’t even have pretty girls. Or good cafes.

  3. I think there’s an even better explanation hanging out there: Americans are used to the adversarial contests between prosecutors and defense lawyers.
    No judge, would automatically tell a defense attorney, “too bad for you. You must accept the prosecutor’s numbers.” Wouldn’t survive Constitutional examination.
    And, when it comes to PR machinery?
    Weren’t journalists accused of receiving “talking points” from inside democratic headquarters?
    Is the army “more privileged?”
    How come Beauchamp wasn’t made available for interviews?
    Like I said. He’s the crazy aunt, being hidden in the attic.
    But it wasn’t a smart move.
    Especially if Foer doesn’t lose his job.
    Why would the PR machinery go so antagonistic?
    Dogs don’t get run over?
    There isn’t macabre “humor” inside medicine?
    The strangest things can happen in horse races.
    Let alone, down the line, when you hear what an armpit Baghdad really is.
    In politics? The pendulum is always swinging.
    Ahead? Irak’s gonna be a $3-trillion dollar (and climbing) sale. So this was about oil? Seems we wasted money, that would have been better spent drilling off-shore. Could’a give Saddam a heart attack. He could’a died a natural death.
    I don’t envy Bush’s handlers, ahead.
    We’re still in a horse race.

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