“Pragmatic” Politicians

From Glenn Greenwald:

… it is nonetheless noteworthy — in general — how much accountability-free praise, and how little critical scrutiny, is heaped on establishment figures as they ascend to power.

Consider this truly reverent — and deeply misleading — profile of Dick Cheney that appeared on the front page of The New York Times in July, 2000, once George Bush selected Cheney as his running mate.  This homage, written by Eric Schmitt, was cited yesterday by sysprog to illustrate how often we are told that past actions and ideology of new political leaders don’t matter, that what matters is that they are serious, pragmatic establishment experts who can be trusted to do the right thing.

It’s well worth a read, and it’s here

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