Monday, June 21, 2004

Colmes Quotes Chomsky

As the motto for his chapter “The Myth of the Liberal Media,” Alan Colmes chooses the following quotation from Noam Chomsky: “Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the [U.S.] media.” (Red, White, and Liberal, Regan Books 2003, p. 101) Colmes does not provide a reference, so I cannot determine whether Chomsky actually said this, or whether Colmes’ interpolation of ‘U.S.’ is justified by the context. But it is the sort of thing Chomsky would say.

Chomsky’s assertion is breathtakingly false in its implication that the U.S. media is uniform and obedient to the U.S. government. The bloviations of Chomsky himself are regularly heard on Free Speech TV, a hard Left outlet accessible on the widely available DISH Network. I also recently heard Brian Lamb interview him on C-SPAN for a solid three hours. Chomsky’s numerous books are easily accessible. If you surf around in the vicinity of FSTV, you will also find other hard Left stations such as LINK where you can watch pro-Arab and anti-Israeli programs, and listen to lectures by the late Edward Said. And consider all the Bush-bashers with their best-selling books: Michael Moore, Al Franken, Molly Ivins, Joe Conason, et al. Can any one in his right mind claim that the print media is uniform and obedient to the U. S. government? I could continue to pile example upon example, but what would be the point? Intelligent people neither demand, nor provide, lengthy proofs of the self-evident.

When people refuse to countenance the self-evident, we must suspect a certain derangement of their faculties. Chomsky’s assertion is not merely false, but delusional. It doesn’t need refutation; Chomsky needs therapy. The same goes for Colmes.