September 30, 2010

"NOTHING EVER CHANGES HERE"

And so Ken Silverstein, the Washington Editor of the magazine Harper's says good-bye, being finally fed up with the Beltway Bullshit, and his good-bye is one of the most scathing indictments of how the Washington elite works, be it Republican or Democrat.
Every time I write a story I feel like I wrote it a year ago and five years ago and 10 years ago. Nothing ever changes here. I frequently find myself numb to political news and, even worse, to the lifeless, conventional wisdom peddled by the Washington media. When you can read an entire column by the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz and never once feel the urge to cut out your own heart with a dull knife, you know that you no longer have the sense of outrage that is essential to reporting from our nation’s capital.
It is scathing, yes, but it is also something that should worry everybody who cares about good journalism (What? People care about good journalism? I can hear you laughing out there. Yes, you, in the last row. Stop laughing). Read it. And start thinking about the realities of a situation when one of the best analytical journalists is not even in your country anymore but covers your politics out there from Brazil.

There is a war going on here. It's the Truth War of the 21st century.

And we are losing.