Total Message Control Solution #1: Just Handcuff Any Journalist Who Asks Questions That You Don’t Want to Answer

Total message control (that is, the Palin model) was on disturbing display on Sunday in Alaska. This from Glenn Greenwald:

[P]rivate “guards” working for GOP Senate nominee Joe Miller forcibly detained and handcuffed a journalist as he tried to ask the candidate questions which he did not want to answer.

And it gets worse:

[T]he guards who handcuffed the journalist and threatened others are active-duty soldiers in the U.S. military.

And Greenwald pounces:

If it’s not completely intolerable to have active-duty soldiers handcuffing American journalists on U.S. soil while acting as private “guards” for Senate candidates, what would be?  This is the sort of thing that the U.S. State Department would readily condemn if it happened in Egypt or Iran or Venezuela or Cuba:  active-duty soldiers detaining journalists while they’re paid by politician candidates?  The fact that Joe Miller has been defending the conduct of his private guards in handcuffing a journalist and threatening others with handcuffs should be disqualifying by itself.  That reveals a deeply disturbed authoritarian mind.  But the fact that these guards are active-duty U.S. soldiers makes this entire incident far more disturbing.

Disturbing? What will be disturbing is watching the Herderian Tea Partiers who learn of this story enthusiastically embracing these active duty soldiers as media persecuted “American heroes.” In Herderian terms, putting handcuffs on a liberal journalist and impeding him (or her) from asking questions are virtues.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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