The venomous British media

You already know that footage has emerged of John McCain as a POW.  I won’t comment on that.  I will comment on the opening paragraph of the story to which Drudge links, in Britain’s Sky News:

The video portrays the Republican as a hero but the message may be tarnished as he is filmed smoking a cigarette.

I’m in a rush, so let me point out only (a) that was more than forty years ago, when everyone smoked, (b) the guy was a POW for God’s sake, and (c) only the modern smoke Nazis (and I personally happen to hate cigarette smoke) would ascribe a moral failing to a picture of someone smoking forty years ago.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    Let’s not forget…Obama smokes cigarettes…not 30 years ago but now, today.

    http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/08/obama-admits-bumming-cigarettes-campaign-trail/

  • pst314

    Was it British sf writer Arthur C. Clarke who said that although he strongly opposed the death penalty he would make an exception for the makers and sellers of tobacco?

  • McLaren

    Ever been to England? Ever been to Ireland? According to my brother who lived there for six years, every now and then you MIGHT bump into somebody smoking a fag. Seriously, it’s the fifth food group over there. And as mentioned, where is the headline about the Dali Bama lighting up?

    Friggin’ hypocrites.

  • Quisp

    There’s something missing in a human being who can watch that video, particularly the last minute and a half, and come away offended by the fact he’s smoking.

    On the “forty years ago when everyone smoked” part of your comment – I was reading an old Mary Stewart novel recently and was amazed and amused by how much mileage an author could get out of the offer of, request for and lighting of a cigarette. Not to mention the emotional range conveyed in the actual smoking and disposal of the thing. Marvelous literary device, cigarettes.

  • Tiresias

    I happen to love the DVD’s of the old Dean Martin show – not the dopey “roasts,” but the actual variety show.

    My 26 year old daughter, herself in show biz, and her boyfriend sit in awe and disbelief watching these old shows, as Dean Martin sings, participates in sketches, conducts interviews, talks to the audience etc., etc. – all with a cigarette permanently glued to his fingers. He was never without it, and this is how the show went out over the air.

    And when did we start giving a damn what some Limey commentator thinks?

  • pst314

    “I happen to love the DVD’s of the old Dean Martin show…the actual variety show.”

    Remember the hilarious Marty Feldman sketches?

  • Mike Devx

    Book’s post is about the venomous British media, but here’s a spot of welcome news about our own venomous media (I won’t dignify them by calling them ‘American’ ). Have a good afternoon!

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    The [New York] Times said it still expects to manage debt obligations. At the end of the quarter, the company had $46 million in cash and about $1.1 billion in debt.

    Some U.S. newspaper publishers have cut dividends to free up cash to pay off debt. The Times wants to cut more expenses, and its board plans to review the dividend policy before the end of the year. [...]

    September revenue fell 8 percent, and news media group ad revenue dropped 14 percent because of weak print ad sales. Digital ad revenue, usually a bright spot for the newspaper publisher, is slowing because of a drop in display advertising.

    The Times said it will exceed its previous cost-cutting targets and plans to trim more expenses. So far this year, some of the cost reductions have come through job cuts, including at its flagship newspaper.

  • McLaren

    Boy, that’s both a shock and a shame…… [sarcasm on]

  • Oldflyer

    One of the more surprising aspects of working in England (1997), other than occasionally forgetting to look to the right when stepping off of the curb, was how endemic smoking was among the young people I saw. But, venom cannot be wasted, it must be reserved for certain American politicians.

  • Danny Lemieux

    We just cut our subscription to the Chicago Tribune, which has recently descended into Obama apologetics. The impression we got from the CT spokeperson on the other end of the line is that we were just the latest in a very long and intense spate of subscription cancellations.