Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Stuck on Authoritarianism

I know the right side of the blogosphere has gone all gooey on Gen. Honore for his now-legendary "You're stuck on stupid, reporters" remark. But to what was he responding? Here's one part of the exchange on why people were being told to go the convention center in New Orleans this time around:
Male reporter: General, a little bit more about why that's happening this time, though, and did not happen that last time...

Honore: You are stuck on stupid. I'm not going to answer that question. We are going to deal with Rita. This is public information that people are depending on the government to put out. This is the way we've got to do it. So please. I apologize to you, but let's talk about the future. Rita is happening. And right now, we need to get good, clean information out to the people that they can use. And we can have a conversation on the side about the past, in a couple of months.

I'm not saying this is a great question (it has a 'gotcha' flavor to it), but just look at the out-of-scale response: We are not accountable. We don't like that question, so we won't answer it. We have all the answers. We know best, just trust us. And so on.

This is supposed to warm the hearts of practical, can-do, forward-looking Americans everywhere. And I guess it should, if warms your heart to live under an authoritarian regime.

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