I wish I could have blamed the media many years ago when I made a disastrous choice regarding retirement funds accrued from my first ‘real’ job. I won’t go into the painful details, but the ramifications lingered for years. It was my choice, but I should have realized that the media with all their advertisements and economic fruit hanging from the tree of good and stupid were really to blame. If I’d only been well-known enough to chastise the digitally stained nee’ ink-stained wretches responsible for my debacle.
I say this after reading that Paul Wolfowitz is blaming the media for his resignation from the World Bank. I guess it was Forbes Magazine, or maybe was it the Washington Post, that dictated the overly-generous terms of departure from the World Bank for his girlfriend. Maybe it was WKRN that ensured that exclaimed ‘AHA”, let’s get a job for Shaha. Maybe the State Department would be a great place for her to gain new employment.
Paul, you make me sick. You and your neo-con pals helped engineer what is turning into the worst foreign policy fiasco of our generation. And no, the media didn’t kill one damn American military member or wound the hundreds of thousands of our troops, many of whom lost limbs for your obscenity. NBC didn’t kill 80,000 Iraqi civilians, and foment the civil war that your folly was supposed to pave over with democracy.
The media didn’t reward your folly with a position at the World Bank, and I don’t think anyone at the New York Times opined that your girlfriend should get the golden parachute from your peers at the Bank.
So…here’s my little guy advice to Paul Wolfowitz. Shut the f**k up.