WHITE NOISE: News and info from inside the media bubble

by YES! Weekly staff

Liar’s poker

I have great respect for award-winning author and fellow weekly columnist Orson Scott Card, and even though I’ve never read Ender’s Game, I have faked it a few times. So I was stoked to see Card’s column, “Would the last honest journalist please turn out the lights?”, which appeared in last week’s Rhinoceros Times, gain all sorts of traction in the media world. It was picked up by dozens of websites and excerpted on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program. It has been e-mailed to me at least three times by separate parties, and demand to read it reportedly crashed the Rhino’s web server. It’s a big deal for a column to go viral like that. However… the piece, which takes “almost every local daily paper in America” to task for ignoring the link between the Democratic Party and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is inherently fallacious. Card, who has described himself as a “Moynihan Democrat,” breaks down the current financial crisis into Manichaean extremes, conflates the creation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999 and, in a neat piece of jiu-jitsu, blames “the poor” for taking out unaffordable loans while absolving over-leveraged housing-market players and lenders with shady practices. “What?” Card writes. “It’s not the liar, but the victims of the lie who are to blame?” Except, of course, he was talking about the Republican Party as victims, and not predatory lending practices. And it seems tailor-made to Science-fiction, indeed. — BC

Vox populi

Voting has become the ubiquitous subject this election, covered by everybody from big, corporate media to small, personal media. Road Kill, part of the on-air talent at 100.3 FM the Buzzard, has been urging listeners to exercise the franchise (she supports McCain, by the way), and people have been blogging about their early-voting experiences (read a dispatch from yours truly at http:// Guilford College professor Jane Redmont wrote on the Acts of Hope blog that her experience at the polls was comparable to the “first free democratic vote in South Africa, when the news photos showed us lines of people, patiently waiting, focused on their purpose, with a kind of buzz in the air that was in some ways more sober than jubilant.” Greensboro folksinger Bruce Piephoff opened his recent e-mail newsletter with a report on his balloting experience. “Go on and get it done,” he advised. “Then we can celebrate the cessation of all the garish ads and nasty attacks.” —JG