By Heather O.
That’s what was on the front page of the Washington Post.
Ok, the headline was actually “Utah Town Has Question about President: “What’s not to like?”, but it might as well have been “Only Utah hicks are stupid enough to vote for our president–twice.”
The article starts out with a scene where a woman goes into a small diner in Randolph, Utah, and orders a patty melt with Dijon mustard on the side. That prompts a, “We get some weird ones” from the cook, and the counterman says after the customer leaves that he doesn’t know what Dijon mustard is. Doesn’t care to, either.
That’s how this article sets the scene. People who are so insulated from the world that they don’t even know what Dijon mustard is, much less about Medicare and the War on Terror. And that’s why they voted for Bush. Because they’re ignert. And with all of the news around the world tonight, the Post puts them on the front page.
Yeah, that’s objective.
I finished reading Katherine Graham’s autobiography recently (her father bought the Post in the 30s, her husband ran it, and after his death, she brought it to the pinnacle of it’s success during Watergate. Now her son, Don Graham, runs the newspaper), and I gotta say, it makes me worried about where we get our info. She talks about her personal relationship with LBJ, and how angry he was that the Post didn’t come right out and endorse his candidacy for president. K. Graham insists that he should have been able to read between the lines of the newspaper, and realize that they were endorsing him, without having to come right out and make an official announcement. And yet she declares that she was entirely objective when it came to Watergate. Um, heLLO! Not that I’m saying that Nixon deserved to be defended, but the double standard and the hypocrisy is just a little much.
Anyway, sorry for the political rant, but it kind of bugs me when the media picks out the most sterotypical hicks who are insulated from the world to say, “These are the only kind of morons who would support our President!” It would be as if they took pictures of hip, wealthy New Englanders who skiied all winter in their lodges in Vermont and said, “These are the only people smart enough to vote for John Kerry!” It’s just offensive, all the way around.
The funny thing is, I doubt the people in Randolph, if they even ever see this article, will care one way or the other. The Post is trying to make this huge point about their lifestyles, and they won’t be bothered one bit by anything this newspaper prints. They’ll just go on eating their patty melts, sans Dijon mustard, voting for the next Republican candidate. And they will go on having the gall to say that every bad thing that has happened in their life is not President Bush’s fault.
Wow. Such ignorance is astonishing, eh?
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