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Forum Post: discredited - why??

Posted 12 years ago on Jan. 5, 2012, 12:45 p.m. EST by flip (7101)
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THOMAS FRANK: Yeah, hasn’t changed, has it? It just—it’s the same stuff, and it goes on from year to year to year. And look, I just finished writing an essay that’s on a slightly different subject, but you’ll see what I’m getting at. You’ve had, over the course of the last decade, a series of just disasters for the intellectual class in this country, for journalists, for academics, you know. First it was the dotcom disaster, you know, the Enron disaster, which discredited so many people. The Iraq War—remember, all the—everybody falling for Ahmed Chalabi in 2003 or 2002. Then you had, you know, the housing bubble, everybody believing in that nonsense. Just one after another, these things destroying the credibility of the governing class in Washington and their—you know, the people who write the sort of stenographic journalistic coverage. And there is no change. There’s no accountability for these people. I mean, one blunder, one screw-up, one titanic mistake after another, and there is—there is no accountability. It’s positively maddening, you know. Where is the change? You know?



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