September 08, 2003


Mark Steyn on Clinton, Peter, the wolf, and the reluctance of US television to properly cover the anniversary of 9/11:

On the day itself, it was all too chaotic and unprecedented for the news guys to impose any one of their limited range of templates. For the first anniversary, they were back on top of things and opted to Princess Dianafy the occasion, to make it a day of ersatz grief-mongering, with plenty of tinkly piano on the soundtrack and soft-focus features about ''healing circles.'' That didn't go down too well, so this year they've figured it's easiest just to ignore it. The alternative would be to treat 9/11 as what it was -- an act of war -- and they don't have the stomach for that. War presupposes enemies, and enemies means people you have to kill, or at least stop, or at the very least be ever so teensy-weensily judgmental about. And, in an age when presidents rewrite ''Peter And The Wolf'' to end with Peter apologizing to the wolf, why should the network sob sisters be any tougher?

Luckily some sisters arenít so weak. Having mentioned Michele, check out her fine review of the Layne CD.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 8, 2003 03:57 AM

Mark Steyn just keeps getting better and better. Another perfect article.

Posted by: madne0 at September 8, 2003 at 04:11 AM

An interesting article. I was following up the story about the environmentalist dancer who was killed by the cougar.

It was interesting how the advice they were giving was- if you see a cougar - dont play dead, pick up a stick, dont run, make a lot of noise etc etc etc.

I reckon they should advise them to do what the pioneers did - pick up a stick - cock it and make a crapload of noise - usually resulting in a cougar rug for the log cabin :)

Posted by: Rob at September 8, 2003 at 11:01 AM

Tim -

Frankly, Layne sings like a yowling bobcat with a banana up his ass. (And the only thing "fine" about the review you mention is that it elides revealing that Layne doesn't have a friend with enough nuts to tell him to shut the fuck up. We should send him to Iraq with his soundtracks, and play them for the Iraqis. They would beg us to make it stop.

Posted by: Pri Req at September 14, 2003 at 01:30 PM