Strange that during a season of real political crisis in this country, the supposedly liberal media is covering yet another Republican fiction ("John Kerry insults the troops"). John Kerry's misstatement is the opposite of news, and in order to CREATE it as news, one must decide to:
- cover an invention of the Republican attack machine
- ignore Kerry's entire history of statements that show his deep understanding of and support of the US military' s proper role and use
- treat someone who is NOT up for election as more important than those that are
- treat all sides as if they have merit, and eschew all analysis of that merit
- stop putting the disaster in Iraq or the curtailing of civil rights on the front page
Seems simple isn't it? John Kerry's verbal error, made in front of a bunch of students, is more important that the wanton lies that Bush makes to the country.
We did it! We're a failed Democracy! Hoooray!
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.