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Too Rolling Stoned

Low-info lies for low-info readers.

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Tom Blumer

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May 30, 2014 - 12:02 am
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More years ago than I would care to admit, I was a fairly avid reader of Rolling Stone magazine. I bought it to read about musicians, and definitely not for its political and economic “analysis,” which I recognized even in my early 20s as incurably weak.

In the intervening years, founder and publisher Jann Wenner, through capitalistic endeavors such as RS and other publishing ventures, has built a net worth estimated at $700 million. Despite his membership in the One Percent, Wenner’s flagship magazine still strikes the edgy pose. RS even cast its lot with the thankfully short-lived incoherent, filthy, violence- and crime-infested Occupy movement.

While the magazine devotes inordinate resources to musical acts whose mission appears to be to ensure that every inner-city neighborhood becomes utterly unlivable, its non-entertainment writers continue, as they have for almost two generations, to mislead and deceive low-information voters who think they’re high-information masters of political and economic thought — that is, when they’re not engaging in misogynism and racism which would end any conservative writer’s career in a heartbeat or openly advocating communism. I can’t say I’ve heard whether Wenner would be down with the idea of letting “each family can keep one mansion and one luxury car, but the rest is forfeit,” or  with having “Everything Owned by Everybody.”

A month ago, the magazine’s Sean McElwee presented an extraordinarily hostile pack of lies titled “Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong; It’s time for the right wing to stop lying about the minimum wage, taxes, global warming and more.” Addressing McElwee’s dreck now is timely, given recent news about the rise and fall of a noted soak-the-rich proponent.

The guy claims to have interned with Fox News’s John Stossel; he obviously didn’t learn anything. The first and most obvious lesson missed is that there’s a vast difference between “Republicans” and “conservatives.” The former are all too often jaded insider participants who are okay with the country going to hell in a handbasket as long as it does so in slow motion. The latter are usually best described as “sensible people.”

What follows after the page break are the six antidotes to Sean’s six portions of poison.

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"Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."

-Frank Zappa-
40 weeks ago
40 weeks ago Link To Comment
Facts are stubborn things. Thanks for the rebuttal.

And, yes. I read RS for years but I was young and stupid and thought if I knew about bands, I could score with the babes. Sigh. :-)
40 weeks ago
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Who'd get their political analysis from a music magazine? Probably the same people who think that Colbert is a source of news. Dunces, but they think they know more than anyone.
39 weeks ago
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Articles like the one in R feeds to the discontent masses.

Its all about optics. Make them believe that others have things and you don't have anything because of THEM.
They select the very topics and excuses to capture the attention. If you fall into any of those categories and are looking for an excuse outside of your piss poor decisions and the agenda you support, you will grab on to them.

-Young, uneducated, or just out of college and can't get a job? Its the fault of ____(Capitalists, rich, corporations)
..........Never mind its the Obama Recovery.

-Can't survive on minimum wage to pay your school loans? Its the fault of the____(Capitalists, rich, corporations).
.............Never mind Obama policy tripled school tuitions and all new growth (992%) is going to Obama's select rich friends. (Clinton 64%, Bush 58% new growth to rich)

Don't have anything, own anything, don't have insurance..but everyone else seems to? Its not your fault. Save the environment and walk, make the Others pay for it.

Great article.
40 weeks ago
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"Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."

-Frank Zappa-
40 weeks ago
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This reinforces my idea that good information and good thinking habits are the greatest weapon one can use against all this nonsense. Failing that, the best course is to give it to them and give it good. I think if we can survive a Bush+Obama+Clinton administrations we would be cured of the grievous virus of Liberalism (of the left or right.)
40 weeks ago
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Once upon a time, RS serialized HST's best stuff, but that was a looong time ago.
40 weeks ago
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It could be about misinforming LIVs, but they're really preaching to the choir. RS contributors know Obama is a bad president, but they don’t care. It’s about getting a high out of writing and saying he’s the best president ever. It’s also about dissing the rest of us, which also gives them something of a high.
40 weeks ago
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Give it up Ed. Most Dems really don't even know that the Earth orbits the Sun in a year. How can you hope to reach them on economics?
40 weeks ago
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"The Affordable Care Act Is Working."

I have to agree, that one is true. Obamacare (or "Giant Cluster Care") is designed to perform a complete takeover of the medical industry by the federal government. It does that. It takes over medical care and medical insurance as completely as Stalin took over farming with his "collectivization of agriculture" in the 30's.

Obamacare is designed to bash those rich white people with their "Cadillac insurance." It effectively puts the kibosh on those.

So I'd say, all in all, Obama achieved his malicious objectives with this giant abortion of a medical law.
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40 weeks ago
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Funny since those 'rich white people with Cadillac insurance'....are the unions.

But you are correct: there will now be a two class system (something the leftists claim they are fighting against).
The leftist elites will have access to all the best and the rest of the nation will be on rations and left overs.
40 weeks ago
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Facts are stubborn things. Thanks for the rebuttal.

And, yes. I read RS for years but I was young and stupid and thought if I knew about bands, I could score with the babes. Sigh. :-)
40 weeks ago
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the best article ever was the parent who wrote the article about the death of his son due to Paste, a form of heroin that was raging through Plano Texas as a safe entertainment drug. He made sure the picture of his dead son's body on the autopsy table was in the article.
RS had been going downhill over time and, soon after that one article, there was no reason to even open it.
40 weeks ago
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Mainstream media and the culture they service are drifting further and further into a fantasy reality where colder is warmer, white is bad but black is good, capitalism is bad but socialism is good, central planning is good but spontaneous order is bad, Christianity is bad but Islam is good, Democrats are good but Republicans are evil, cities are good but everywhere else is bad, women are good but men are bad, promiscuity is good but chastity is bad, big pharma is bad but medical mary jane is good, gay is good but straight is bad, bicycles are good but cars are bad, America is bad but Cuba is good, Christians are bad but atheists are good, cigarettes are bad but joints are good, for-profit is bad but nonprofit is good. This divergence between reality and fantasy will necessarily collapse at some point. What can't go on won't go on.
40 weeks ago
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"This divergence between reality and fantasy will necessarily collapse at some point. What can't go on won't go on."

I am getting a little impatient for all the fantasies to collapse, the ones selected in the name of nothing more than fashionable (and highly ignorant) posturing and political correctness.
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