Mon
May 21 2007
08:59 pm
By: Andy Axel  shortURL

Scroll down to where Bob Somerby dismantles Nashville Scene "editor" Liz Garrigan's hagiography of Fred Thompson (printed in the Washington Post this weekend):

In the last year, even mainstream journalists have been forced to acknowledge Gore’s brilliant work on global warming—and they’ve even been forced to admit that he was right on Iraq. ... But so what? For Garrigan, images of “roadkill” still roll off the tongue as she recites the time-honored scripts about Gore—scripts with no clear tie to reality. Did Naomi Wolf tell Gore to wear earth tones, as Garrigan suggests in this time-honored passage? Wolf denied it; Gore denied it; and no one ever presented evidence that it had actually happened. (Nor did anyone ever explain why it was supposed to matter.) But so what? Garrigan knows her cohort’s treasured scripts, and she’ll never stop repeating them. In her blinkered world, Bush still hasn’t destroyed the known world, and Gore still hasn’t become a world savior; she still lives in the “road-kill” days, when the press mocked Gore for his fake, phony wardrobe. And she sees no pattern—other than “luck”—in the fact that Gore got trashed for his clothes, while Thompson only got praised for his blatant “makeover.” That’s just luck, this daft woman says. Luck—and Fred Thompson’s brilliance.

But then, Garrigan is still churning the dumbest framework from Campaign 2000—the dumbest framework known to humanity.

Yet, somehow, this unreconstructed Fredophilia makes one of the national papers of record. Shocker.

Liz Garrigan is married to a guy who's a key player in the next Nashville mayoral race. She (and her newspaper) and her husband fully support DINO David Briley in the next cycle.

Hackery triumphs.

Get ready for President Thompson.

MartyD's picture

No! I am not ready, nor

No! I am not ready, nor will I ever be ready, for President Thompson. We must not permit this to happen! Dems, get up and get active! Do whatever it takes with in the realm of decency and the law to get rid of the GOP forever!

Andy Axel's picture

Then know the game. And

Then know the game. And work the game.

This is how this works:

These little stories get woven into the larger narrative.

Why do you think the WaPo is giving an audience to a hack like Liz Garrigan? She's the ME of the Nashville Scene, for crying out loud. This is akin to giving Brian Conley a byline in the New York Times.

This is the same sort of nonsense as "George W. Bush is a guy you'd rather have a beer with." Thin gruel as journalism goes, but journalism isn't the goal here. This is product placement, pure and simple. Marketing.

Make sure that people know that they're being played for fools when they're asked to swallow garbage like,

"Thompson never came off looking like a cardboard cutout — the way Gore did as a presidential candidate — because there was a kernel of truth to the image. Who could imagine a teenage Gore driving a pickup along Massachusetts Avenue on his way to the privileged academic bastion of St. Albans? But young Freddie Thompson probably did kick back in a Chevy, drinking a beer with his buds, after a Lawrence County High School football game. As Tennessee columnist Frank Cagle once put it, Thompson fit that truck in a way that Michael Dukakis never fit the tank."

This is the sort of preening nonsense which has become standard fare at Nashville's "alt-weakly" [sic].

The surrogate campaign to mold the image of Fred Thompson is being waged right now. Make no mistake about that.

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"Some days I'm afraid I'll go berserk, rip the Elvis Costello mobile down from the ceiling, throw the "Country Artists (Male) A-K" rack out into the street, go off to work at a Virgin Megastore, and never look back."

edens's picture

Actually, I think a former

Actually, I think a former Metro Pulse editor fairly regularly has a byline in the Times. Arts section, at least.

Andy Axel's picture

I think a former Metro Pulse

I think a former Metro Pulse editor fairly regularly has a byline in the Times. Arts section, at least.

JFM isn't quite what I'd call a hack. ;-)

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"Some days I'm afraid I'll go berserk, rip the Elvis Costello mobile down from the ceiling, throw the "Country Artists (Male) A-K" rack out into the street, go off to work at a Virgin Megastore, and never look back."

bill young's picture

Al Gore

Al did work on his dad's farm.
worked for Gene McCarthy
joined the Army
went to Vietnam
married Tipper
stayed married
raised a family
Won the popular vote for president
Against the war in Iraq
Trying to do something about global warming

JaHu's picture

Compared to Gore, what did

Compared to Gore, what did Thompson ever accomplish as a senator other than pretend to be a politician on TV or in the movies?

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

Andy Axel's picture

This Modern World...

Brilliance:

(link...)

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"Some days I'm afraid I'll go berserk, rip the Elvis Costello mobile down from the ceiling, throw the "Country Artists (Male) A-K" rack out into the street, go off to work at a Virgin Megastore, and never look back."

ultron's picture

The Howler rules. That's all

The Howler rules.

That's all I've got.

Sven's picture

The press could save many a

The press could save many a tree and lump of coal by just putting this in a macro:

Without spending a dime, Thompson has built up a base of support and established his brand as the sort of feller who keeps a pack of cigarettes and a Kenny Rogers cassette in his glove box...

He just pulls up in his Toronado, eases into a chair on the front porch, swirls his Scotch-and-soda around a couple times, and unspools a yarn about current events, interrupted only occasionally by a polite but phlegmy cough or a wry, raised-eyebrow glance to underline some point about the rank foolishness of liberals and furinners.

Andy Axel's picture

Some people would give him

Some people would give him credit for leading the Clinton inquisition.

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"Some days I'm afraid I'll go berserk, rip the Elvis Costello mobile down from the ceiling, throw the "Country Artists (Male) A-K" rack out into the street, go off to work at a Virgin Megastore, and never look back."

JaHu's picture

Some people would give him

Some people would give him credit for leading the Clinton inquisition.

But not I!

Let's see... the republicans led by Thompson, led us into an investigation, which took millions of dollars only to prove that Clinton would lie about sex.

The republicans led us into a war that we shouldn't have entered, which cost us the lives of thousands (and counting) of our troops and billions of taxpayers money.

Since the republicans have been in control, gas prices have tripled, and the odd thing about this is, I heard a news report claim that the oil companies raised gas prices because the cost of living is higher. That's kinda funny considering that they are the ones responsible for the cost of living to be higher.
That's like claiming that they had to go up on the price of fuel because it now cost them more for the fuel for their trucks to ship to the stations.

I just can't understand how anyone with the slightest intelligence could vote republican anymore.

Adrift in the Sea of Humility

WhitesCreek's picture

Fred is a great second rate actor

Help me out here...

What movie was Fred Thompson in where he was the leading man and the movie won an oscar? Come to think of it, What movie did Fred Thompson play the leading man?

Al Gore for Leading Man! He's got the credential, He's got the experience, He's got the Oscar.

Eat your heart out Thompson supporters.

Fred is a character actor with no character.

Up Goose Creek's picture

Monicagate

Some people would give him credit for leading the Clinton inquisition.

I had forgotten this. Or more likely wasn't paying enough attention in the first place.

Considering Beansters comments it seems fitting and ironic at the same time. "takes one to know one" and all that.

What a horrible waste of our legislators' time and energy.

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