Glenn Greenwald catches Washington Post political ‘reporter’ Anne Kornblut impugning the patriotism of millions of Democrats:
The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut, analyzing the differences between Republicans and Democrats on Iraq, explained on Tuesday night’s Hardball:
ANNE KORNBLUT, “THE WASHINGTON POST”: It remains, especially in Democratic crowds, the number-one issue. There is no applause line that gets a bigger response when you’re out with Senator Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, than when they say the first thing I’m going to do is I’m going to start ending this war in Iraq.
Republican crowds are a little different. They still want to be supporting the troops.
Why don’t Democrats “still want to be supporting the troops”? The opposite of favoring withdrawal is “supporting the troops.” The main difference on Iraq between Democrats and Republicans is that Democrats want to end the war while Republicans “still want to be supporting the troops.”
This is the “analysis” from the Washington Post’s political reporter, until recently of the New York Times. Beltway reporters spend so much time speaking with government officials and political operatives that they actually see and understand the world through the spectrum of the simplistic, meaningless political slogans they are constantly fed.
There are two options here. One is that Kornblut actually thinks Democrats hate the “troops.” The second is that she is an incompetent moron. Call me an optimist, but I’m betting on number two. One would like to think that a reporter–someone who deals in words for a living–would believe that words have meaning, and thus be more precise in what she says.
There are plenty of phrases she could have put after “supporting” such as:
“the dumbest idea in foreign policy in over a decade”
“the foolish vanity of a man who is doubling down on death”
“bending over and shoving their heads up their asses”
Any one of these statements would have been more accurate than claiming that the Republican party which opposed actually supporting the troops is doing so.
Anyway, fuck you Kornblut.