Now I don’t know why a newspaper publishes certain articles – maybe the chief editor was on vacation, or truly nothing else was happening in the world (yeah right) – but yesterday’s article in the Washington Post, From Thong to Thesis, Monica Lewinsky Flashes her Intellect, is one of the biggest pieces of trash ever published.
Take this small bit of sheer journalistic genius:
There are moments that make you question your fundamental assumptions about the world. One of them took place a few days ago, when news emerged that Monica Lewinsky had just graduated from the London School of Economics.
She did not!!
Lewinsky, 33, is known more for her audacious coquetry than for her intellectual heft, and the notion of her earning a master of science degree in social psychology at the prestigious London university is jarring, akin to finding a rip in the time-space continuum, or discovering that Kim Jong Il is a natural blond.
The emphasis above is NOT mine, it actually appeared that way in the article. Read the rest of the article to grasp the level to which the Washington Post, and the U.S. media, has fallen (basically, people who are “dumb” but are actually “smart”, in all of its immature glory). I never understood why the media focused so much on Monica Lewinsky – oh yes, I remember now, she had an intimate relationship with the president of the United States. The rabid right-wing was so obsessed that a woman had a blowjob. She was not dumb or stupid, but young and immature. She screwed up, so what? Dubya screws up all the fucking time with consequences U.S. soldiers take to the grave, and nobody says anything to him.
This article provides us with 2 Christmas thoughts we can take home. Number one is, of course, that the journalistic bar was set so low that the fact that she was EVER news reflects very poorly on the Washington Post judgment, and again on the U.S. media as a whole. The fact that she is covered NOW is amazing at all. Is it not true that president Bush’s actions are far more serious than any of president Clinton’s misdeamenors?
Which reminds me, when the hell are we going to have an “impeachment watch” on the front of every American newspaper? Do the media think we are stupid? Are we supposed to weigh more heavily some sexual escapades than the current administration lies that led us to an illegal war, more than 600,000 innocent Iraqi dead, nearly 3,000 American soldiers and more than 20,000 injured? Give me a break! Now that the impeachment bar has been set so low, why don’t the media live up to it and carry it out to its logical conclusion?
The second thought is that a women can’t seem to be smart and have sex at the same time. Either she is a sexual object or she is an intellectual. Wow, a girl that had a blowjob can’t graduate from college? That a women can’t be pretty and smart as well? Look conservative wingnuts, she interned for the president. Whatever she did afterwards in said position, one has to be quite smart to get into that position in the first place. Many, if not all, of White House interns graduate with advanced degrees and get high-paying jobs. I graduated with honors from college and go to medical school, which is not easy, so the notion that a White House intern, much less a woman, somehow was able to graduate with an advanced degree is so stupid that it could only come from a right-wing idiot.
Expect plenty of Monica-bashing as the 2008 presidential elections come close.