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I Can't Take It Anymore (Dowd alert!)
The New York Times ^ | 09/09/2001 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 09/08/2001 5:22:08 PM PDT by Pokey78

WASHINGTON

If you thought it would be hard for TV to top the Summer of the Insatiable Sharks, Ravenous Bears, Killer Bees and Stampeding Lizzie Grubman, you were wrong.

Two networks are racing to air prime-time specials this fall featuring mediums interviewing dead celebrities.

As Lisa de Moraes reported in The Washington Post, NBC and ABC are both doing such shows for fall sweeps. "The November of the Chatting Dead," she dryly calls it.

In a culture so besotted with celebrity, we were bound to run out of upright luminaries to interview. I may tune in if the mediums manage to conjure up the vengeful spirits of Natalie Wood or Nicole Simpson. But the celebrity specter I'd really like to hear from is Paddy Chayefsky, the dazzling satirist who wrote the eerily prescient 1976 movie "Network."

Mr. Chayefsky's ominous predictions from the Ford era about the damage to American democracy from the Pac-Man game of networks gobbled by companies gobbled by other companies gobbled by consortiums gobbled by foreign investors have come true.

W. continued to give away the store to Big Business last week, legally unleashing Microsoft and signaling media conglomerates that they can conglomerate away — accelerating the centralization of American power into the hands of a very few very rich people.

W. never met a merger he didn't like, except stems and cells. His White House has become a holding company for Big Money and the Media Oligarchy — Murdoch, Gates, Case, Eisner, Redstone.

Mr. Gates is getting back his monopoly over the desktop computer and his reign as the Czar of Broadband. And soon we'll have thousands of channels but they'll all be controlled by the same few moguls.

At least before we had a diversity of trash in our media. Now we're zooming toward a collective mentality, severely limiting the voices that may be heard and muting opposing views. A quarter of American culture will be filtered through Murdoch's sensibility, a quarter through AOL Time Warner, a quarter through Mickey Mouse, a quarter through Viacom.

W., afraid he will be blamed, as Dad was, for the cratering economy, has been going out the past few days echoing Poppy's "Message: I Care."

After the unemployment numbers rose sharply to 4.9 percent on Friday, the president rushed out of the Oval Office to commiserate: "Any American out of work is too many Americans out of work."

But the fanfare for the common man rings hollow, given that Bush Inc. is refusing to turn over documents to Congress about the secret deliberations of Dick Cheney and energy lobbyists cooking up their drill & spill energy plan and is knocking down regulatory hurdles, further pleasing Big Energy, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Telecom and Big Weapons Manufacturers.

A majority of Americans did not elect W. A majority of voters didn't even elect him. A new book about Florida and the Supreme Court decision, featured on this week's Newsweek cover, is titled "The Accidental President." His real constituents are the corporations that gave him $100 million, the biggest political haul in history.

In "Network," the crazed anchor Howard Beale reveals on the news one night that his network has been bought by a corporation and that corporation is being bought by a consortium of banks and insurance companies controlled by the Arabs.

Think of how mad Howard Beale would be today. There are so many examples to choose from: MapQuest, a Web site that provides directions, was swallowed by America Online, which swallowed Time Warner, which owns CNN. General Electric, the company that makes light bulbs and engines on fighter jets, owns NBC. Disney, which owns studios, theme parks and sports teams, owns ABC.

In the movie, the C.E.O. who owns the network explains to Beale that the world is "one vast and ecumenical holding company."

"There is no America," he says. "There is no democracy. There is only I.B.M. and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. The world is a business, Mr. Beale!"

And just as Beale railed: "There is not a single law on the books to stop them!"

How totally sane the mad prophet turned out to be.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: dowd; elderlyschoolgirl; maureendowd
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1 posted on 09/08/2001 5:22:08 PM PDT by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
I thought I had heard it all. It looks like there's more to hear.
2 posted on 09/08/2001 5:28:49 PM PDT by SiliconValleyGuy
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To: Pokey78
"I'm sick and tired and I (yawn) can't take it anymore."

Summer doldrums for Maureen.

3 posted on 09/08/2001 5:28:55 PM PDT by billorites
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To: Pokey78
Dowd has been an idiot since that date she had with Michael Douglas. Must have been some night!
4 posted on 09/08/2001 5:29:20 PM PDT by swampfox98
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To: Maureen Dowd
In a culture so besotted with celebrity ...

Look who's talking!

5 posted on 09/08/2001 5:32:18 PM PDT by dighton
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To: billorites
Poor Maureen is just frustrated. She isn't getting enough dictatorship of the proletariat.
6 posted on 09/08/2001 5:34:23 PM PDT by LarryLied
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To: Pokey78
This stupid cow has conveniently forgotten that her employer happens to be a Big Business, in fact a very Big business, that should be picketed everyday by the dilletantish socialists that draw their paycheques from the very same business'.Go on food stamps honey bun if you don't like to associated with the evils of the capitalist system.Another boring screed from a dim bulb.
7 posted on 09/08/2001 5:40:39 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: Pokey78
Ms. Dowd's words show no liking for the President (nice to use uppercase again). This is a good thing.

The more W. irritates Dowd (like a burr in the saddle) and her comrades, the more confirmation I have that Bush is doing something right.

5.56mm

8 posted on 09/08/2001 5:46:25 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Pokey78
The next time you make a total ass out of yourself -- like, say, having 22 drinks at a friends wedding and throwing up on the dance floor -- just think about how much superior you are than the Lonely Spinster on the Hudson. BTW, just saw (an obviously aging) Michael Douglas with his new squeeze (hehehe). Maureen, I suppose, would be quite sad and probably assuage her emptiness by whipping out "The American President" DVD and watching it for the 1437th time!
9 posted on 09/08/2001 6:16:21 PM PDT by tbg681
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To: Pokey78
Actually, aside from the anti W. stuff, it could have been written by a FReeper.
10 posted on 09/08/2001 6:26:42 PM PDT by AlphalfaMale
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To: Pokey78
The column is just the latest example of Dowd's sloppy reporting in service to "witty reparteé". The factual errors are numerous and egregious, as usual. Dowd is a complete ass whose talent to amuse is way overrated.
11 posted on 09/08/2001 6:35:06 PM PDT by beckett
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To: Pokey78
There is only I.B.M. and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon.

Let's see AT&T has been broken into smaller and smaller pieces with the remnant in real trouble. IBM has survived but it no longer comes close to dominating computers like it did in the 60's and 70's. ITT has been a mess with no direction with most of it's divisions sold off many years ago. The other four have had good years, but they've also had bad. None of them come even close to running the world.

12 posted on 09/08/2001 6:55:54 PM PDT by LenS
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To: LenS
Wasn't there a ton of Oil company mergers duringthe Clinton Years ?
13 posted on 09/08/2001 7:30:28 PM PDT by UB355
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To: Pokey78
The only reason this bimbage still has a column is that she is as promiscuous as someone of her age can be. That Michael Douglas, Mort Zuckerman, and the rest didn't want her for more than a brief toy, is telling. Twisted and alone, it's no wonder she hates anyone who has a life.
14 posted on 09/08/2001 7:48:51 PM PDT by Octar
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To: Pokey78
I loathe Maureen Dowd's columns. She was particularly nasty during the impeachment hearings. She crawled so far up Clinton's. . .Anyway, I've noticed several times a year, she says something interesting. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

And it isn't good for freedom or democracy that most of the mass media is controlled by a few powerful men.

15 posted on 09/08/2001 7:57:35 PM PDT by SongathuSouth
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To: Octar
Just for laughs.
16 posted on 09/08/2001 9:10:14 PM PDT by Octar
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To: SongathuSouth
And it isn't good for freedom or democracy that most of the mass media is controlled by a few powerful men.

I agree. Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck have far too much power. They should be broken up into smaller men.

17 posted on 09/08/2001 9:24:55 PM PDT by 537 Votes
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To: Pokey78
Ms. Dowd used to at least occasionally write a column that reflected some genuine wit and a smidge of originality. It's now been a couple months since she's written a good one. She seems so taken with hostility toward W. that week after week she just babbles about how she can't stand the guy. No particular reason. She just can't. That's all.
18 posted on 09/08/2001 9:45:13 PM PDT by ArcLight
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To: ArcLight
Did I mention that I'm a columnist myself? Trust me.

Anyway, having written my share of incoherent dreck, on days when I didn't have anything truly interesting to say, I know all the symptoms, and this column is awash in them. She starts out talking about TV shows on the dead, hops to the Microsoft case, tees off for awhile on Georgie, denounces the increasing concentration of our media--most of which happened during the Clinton years but is still somehow Bush's fault...it's just an incoherent mess. Oh well. Bad week. Trouble is, that's all she seems to be having of late. And Ms. Dowd used to write a pretty good column.

19 posted on 09/08/2001 9:48:45 PM PDT by ArcLight
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To: Pokey78
Maureen's become such an elitist snob. I find her pretentious and boring.
20 posted on 09/08/2001 9:56:41 PM PDT by lara
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To: Pokey78
"Hi. I'm Maureen Dowd and I hate George Bush and all of his Republican friends."
21 posted on 09/08/2001 10:10:50 PM PDT by MistrX
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To: Pokey78
Let me get this straight.

She's down on I.B.M. and ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon.

And she works for the biggest criminal enterprise of the all... the NYT.

Unreal.

22 posted on 09/08/2001 10:26:02 PM PDT by IncPen
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To: SongathuSouth
I loathe Maureen Dowd's columns. She was particularly nasty during the impeachment hearings. She crawled so far up Clinton's. . .Anyway, I've noticed several times a year, she says something interesting. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

And it isn't good for freedom or democracy that most of the mass media is controlled by a few powerful men.

For a time Dowd was actually critical of the Sink Emperor. Then she realized that the Left was under threat, so she kissed Clinton's ass like all the other situational ethicists in the Democratic Party.

She cited Murdoch, Gates, Case, Eisner, and Redstone as captains of media holding a leash on their compliant puppy, Bush. Thing is, all of these guys, save Redstone, were Gore supporters.

BTW, I notice that she hasn't read Judge Posner's defense of the Bush vs. Gore case. A bitter little tramp like Dowd holds on so well to her old and bitter hatreds. So she has nothing to do except rant.

Meanwhile, someone post the mandatory Zeta-Jones pic, just to entertain the old bat in case she lurks here.

Be Seeing You,

Chris

23 posted on 09/08/2001 10:27:15 PM PDT by section9
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To: tbg681
The next time you make a total ass out of yourself -- like, say, having 22 drinks at a friends wedding and throwing up on the dance floor When did she do this? Details!
24 posted on 09/09/2001 5:49:09 AM PDT by Fury
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To: Pokey78
A majority of Americans did not elect W. A majority of voters didn't even elect him.

Dowd, that never bothered you about your kneepad president. What is your point?

25 posted on 09/09/2001 5:54:54 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Pokey78
I make a point of not contaminating my mind with bilge from Dowd, Clift, et al...

GIGO!

26 posted on 09/09/2001 6:13:05 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Pokey78
Maureen Dowd

You should probably check out the painting in her attic, though. . .

27 posted on 09/09/2001 6:39:57 AM PDT by William Terrell
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To: SiliconValleyGuy
I thought I had heard it all. It looks like there's more to hear.

I wouldn't get too excited. Bear in mind, Dowd's insane...

28 posted on 09/09/2001 6:46:31 AM PDT by Fintan
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To: Pokey78
Every time I hear a bed wetting liberal like Whineing Dowde go off like this:
"...Big Energy, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Telecom and Big Weapons Manufacturers..."

It reminds me that Democrats are for:
No electricity, No petrolium, No tobacco, No telephones, and No national defense.

While that's an interesting platform, it's hardly a vote getter.

29 posted on 09/09/2001 6:58:51 AM PDT by ChadGore
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To: Pokey78
Re: "...Big Energy, Big Media, Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Telecom and Big Weapons Manufacturers..."

oops, I forgot one:

Democrats are for:
No electricity, No Television, No petrolium, No tobacco, No telephones, and No national defense.

While that's an interesting platform, it's hardly a vote getter.

30 posted on 09/09/2001 7:07:10 AM PDT by ChadGore
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To: Pokey78
i Can't Take DOWD Anymore!
31 posted on 09/09/2001 7:23:45 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: Pokey78

Hi, Pokey78!


32 posted on 08/21/2012 8:19:49 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: JulieRNR21
(on September 9, 2001) i Can't Take DOWD Anymore!

Julie, in 2 days, the worst terrorist act will happen on American soil. It will consist of several hijackings, by muslims who will use boxcutters, of airliners that will be crashed into the World Trade Center buildings, and even the Pentagon. It will be responded to in a manner that will eventually turn America into a police state. In 2008 we will elect an openly-socialist, probable Islamic black president. He will deal a near death blow to America. America will be left at about 50% of it's wealth and about 10% of it's prestige.

I tell you all this, from 2012, and am communicating with you on September 9, 2001, so that you can try to do something about it.

33 posted on 08/21/2012 8:25:29 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Lazamataz

Have you invented a time travel machine....LOL

The world has certainly changed since this tread was posted.


34 posted on 08/21/2012 8:49:48 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (Romney/Ryan 2012! America's Rescue and Recovery Team!)
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To: JulieRNR21
Have you invented a time travel machine....LOL

Aw heck. It didn't work. You should have gotten the message back then, and done something to change all of this. Unfortunately, I just checked the timeline, and nothing has changed. The experiment did not work. Let's try again.

35 posted on 08/21/2012 10:12:53 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: JulieRNR21

Julie. Laz again, only this is from 2018. Obama was reelected. He immediately went on national television, and announced he is a full-on Muslim, homosexual, and communist. He then announced a national emergency, allowing him extraordinary powers suspending the Constitution. Elections were suspended, indefinitely. Over the next four years, many people were rounded up, so I don’t know if you will get this. They all disappeared. No one knows what happened to them. No one knows how many. On July 6, 2017, Obama launched nuclear missiles on Israel. A full worldwide nuclear war followed. Over 90% of humanity has been killed. There is no gasoline, food is scarce, and most of us have resorted to cannibalism. Obama lives underground in a well-equipped shelter, continuing to dictate his orders. We are living in a daily hellish nightmare. I post this to you on August, 2012, so that you can do something to change the timeline. I hope and pray this time-travel message gets to you.


36 posted on 08/21/2012 10:19:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: JulieRNR21

LAZ, NOW TRANSMITTING FROM 2022! PLEASE ADVISE YOU ARE GETTING THESE AND DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Most of the human race is dead. There are only small pockets of survivors left. I am severely stricken with several forms of cancer due to the radiation, I have only weeks or days left. The entire biosphere has been greatly dimished. Only insects and vermin seem to be adapting. Obama is now proclaiming the current situation and the entire world to be Dar al-Islam, the House of Islam, or land of peace. Lotta good that will do him, the world will be entirely devoid of human life in years. PLEASE TRY TO CHANGE THIS TIMELINE!!!!


37 posted on 08/22/2012 6:35:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Pokey78
Is this woman really this blind? Apparently she is.
38 posted on 08/22/2012 6:49:31 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I love resurrecting 11 year old threads!


39 posted on 08/22/2012 6:59:04 AM PDT by Lazamataz (I love the Universe, and it loves me.)
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To: Lazamataz

In the 11 years since this thread, did Laz hit it?


40 posted on 08/22/2012 4:52:59 PM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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41 posted on 08/22/2012 4:54:39 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: JRios1968; Lazamataz
Ok, even if this thread is ancient, the rules still apply.

5.56mm

42 posted on 08/22/2012 4:56:54 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Lazamataz; JulieRNR21

LAZ, NOW TRANSMITTING FROM 2022!


Let me know when you get to -

...the year of 2525...


43 posted on 08/22/2012 5:02:27 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Lazamataz

Laz, LOL! :)


44 posted on 08/22/2012 5:28:02 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Lazamataz

LOL!


45 posted on 08/22/2012 6:29:13 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Don't think for a minute that this excuse for a President has America's best interest in mind.)
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To: Lazamataz

LOVE it Laz! You da man!


46 posted on 08/22/2012 7:16:53 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear (Sarcasma - Comforting relief from the use of irony, mocking and conveying contempt)
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To: M Kehoe; JRios1968; Lazamataz
This IS a MoDo thread, after all...


47 posted on 08/23/2012 5:03:40 AM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: Lazamataz

I’m trying to decide whether this message means that the Mayans were right or the Mayans were wrong.


48 posted on 08/23/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: Pokey78

These ‘polls’ are all over the map, and they are useless, the way they are using them.

The need to oversample Democraps +6 and +8 to get an Obama lead.

What it DOES show is that 100% of (R)’s are voting for Romney, but NOT 100% of (D)’s are voting for Obama- that is huge, when you consider independants will NOT break for Obama this time- won’t get fooled again would be a great (R) theme song for them this year


49 posted on 08/23/2012 6:11:01 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Old Sarge

Thank God somebody understands the rules.


50 posted on 08/23/2012 6:12:19 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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