8/16/2005

Daily Kos: Coddled punditocracy

Coddled punditocracy
by kos
Mon Aug 15th, 2005 at 14:17:19 CDT

As I was perusing this list of media personalities who have served, it's stricking how few national media figures have served their nation. In fact, the only ones with military service are William F. Buckley, Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer, William Safire, and, er, me.

This is a disturbing disconnect between the pundit class and the military class. There really is an elitist cast -- on both sides of the aisle -- living in NYC, DC, and LA -- who will speak and advocate for war for philosophical or political/partisan reasons without regard for the human beings affected by their policies.

I'm drawn again to this passage by conservative blogger Cunning Realist:

The growing division between the professional class of spinning punditry and the vast expanse of Middle America that actually does the working, the fighting and the dying so the pundits can spend their time chattering has never been more clear than with this story.

He's talking about the right-wing efforts to destroy Cindy Sheehan, but he could be talking about the whole war.

It's telling that anti-war sentiment has risen despite the near absolute lack of anti-war voices in the prominent pundit class (not to mention in the political class as well).

A few anti-war bloggers and Air America aren't turning the nation around -- people are seeing for themselves what a disaster Iraq has become, even if the pundit class pretends everything's fine and we should really be focused on missing white women (not to mention sharks!).

Do you need military service to have a voice? Not in our society. But there is real danger when those who make the decisions to go to war are completely bereft of military experience.

Update: Randi Rhodes and Mark Shields are also vets.

Daily Kos: Coddled punditocracy

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