Thursday, February 28, 2008

Cinematic journalism protects America from articulate statesmen.

Dear George,

Polish up another Medal of Freedom. This time, the recipient will be M. Sliwa Public Relations, that patriotic organization that exposed bamaobama’s terrorist ties. It’s true, George. Bamaobama actually served on the board of an organization that donated money to an Arab group that is opposed to Israel and supports immigration reforms such as providing healthcare and education for illegal immigrants.

The firm is flaking a story by Aaron Klein of Web News Daily (WND), that hard-hitting news organization that recently spotlighted a respected psychiatrist who contends that liberalism is a mental disorder in the best tradition of the now defunct Soviet Union’s practice of declaring dissidents mentally unbalanced.

Here we are seeing cinematic journalism at its best. Like the cinema, this brand of journalism understands that truth puts people to sleep. Cinematic journalism is a PR creation that would rather stimulate than inform.

Sliwa’s bamaobama piece is the greatest example of cinematic journalism since the PR firm of Hills & Knowlton scammed America into Gulf War I when they penned the heart-breaking tale of Iraqi soldiers storming the neonatal clinic at the al-Addan hospital in Kuwait City where they threw the preemies on the floor to die and shipped the incubators back to Iraq.

Surely you remember the tragic testimony of Nurse Nayirah before Congress who sobbed as she described the atrocity. (Okay, so after the war it turned out “Nurse Nayirah” was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States, and that Hills & Knowlton had coached her before her testimony, even down to telling her when in her testimony she should start weeping. In cinematic journalism, a story is true if it accomplishes its mission. Truth has nothing to do with its content.)

Cinematic journalism, like the real cinema, relies on illusions and special effects. It is thriving because media consolidation and cost cutting have left the media so understaffed that it runs stories, like the bamaobama expose, without any fact checking.

Let us laud M. Sliwa Inc. for their heroic efforts to keep America safe from intelligent and articulate presidential candidates. We are a nation of frat boys, not of statesmen.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones

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