Finding The New Ward Churchill to Distract From The Failing Financial Policies
Unlike Jeralyn, my distaste for Ward Churchill was manifest. I did not care for his grandstanding and, imo, imbecilic statements about 9/11. Of course, the defenders of the Bush Administration's disastrous Iraq Debacle would use Ward Churchill as a way to demonize all opposers of their catastrophic policies. Today in the NYTImes, Joe Nocera plays a similar game, this time over AIG:
Yes, the $165 million in bonuses handed out to executives in the financial products division of American International Group was infuriating. . . . But death threats? “All the executives and their families should be executed with piano wire — my greatest hope,” wrote one person in an e-mail message to the company.
What is Nocera's motivation in this? To marginalize objection to the financial bailouts and leave the discussion to "Serious People." Of course death threats are outrageous and I will go one further than Nocera - prosecute the e-mailer. But an idiotic e-mail has nothing to do with the real discussion going on here. It is a cheap trick from Nocera. Does he have a point to all this? As best I can make out, it is this:
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