LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2013 ― My title sounds like some Middle Eastern law firm. Either that or a down-home brand of chicken feed.
Counting dead chickens before they’re aborted … is … well. What might the photo be all about? What’s that President Obama is holding? The Post-American World?
The president’s wishful thinking?
No. For Barack Hussein Obama, visions of a “Post-American World” are not in the future.
They are now.
Slipping America a Third World coup de gras appears to be a profoundly American slam-dunk for President Obama.
If that is the title of the book the president is holding, who is its author?
“But he’s so charming!”
So is his most Presidential fan!
The Obama Nation is presently caught in a few scandals. Does Zakaria have any scandalous ghosts haunting his own well-known sophistication and impressive curriculum vitae as host of CNN’s “Flagship” foreign affairs show, “Fareed Zakaria GPS”?
Consider this: “Mr. Zakaria’s career suffered an abrupt setback recently (2012) after bloggers discovered that his column of Aug. 20 for Time magazine had passages lifted almost entirely from an article by the historian Jill Lepore that appeared in The New Yorker in April.”
That report appeared in the August 19, 2012 New York Times. The same column goes on to say, “Mr. Zakaria quickly apologized. But within minutes, Time had suspended him for a month and CNN, which had posted parts of the column on its Web site, removed the article and suspended him until further notice. Both began investigations of his work, as did The Post.”
Can we “suspend” this president until at least the end of his term?
The wagons were circled around Zakaria ― as indeed they are now being circled about President Obama ― and all was forgiven.
“He’s one of the premier global intellectuals,” said Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time. “He (Zakaria) will recover.”
So, perhaps, will Obama.
They are both “global intellectuals”, eh?
The New York Times notes, “The problem, as Mr. Zakaria discovered, is that stain from any scandal can spread across platforms, threatening the image he had carefully built.”
Fareed’s “platform” on CNN once impressed me. He seemed to have it all.
America seemed to think the same thing about Barack Hussein Obama. Elected him twice!
But now and then Madison Avenue’s advertising empire seems to be cheapening the president’s friend Fareed and his very, very American-style success ― “The man doth protest too much… ” ― and Time Magazine’s unavoidably tuned-up, promotion vernacular: “This guy is his own brand,” said Jim Kelly, a former top editor at Time. “So when doing that, you have to be really careful at how you extend yourself. The American corporate landscape is littered with disastrous brand extensions.”
“Jim Kelly, a former top editor at Time.” (Italics mine).
The code to how the American left closes ranks is so opaquely fascinating.
It’s so sophisticatedly entre nous you’re left in awe of their oh-so-close-knit shamelessness. Ms. Lerner’s recent Fifth Amendment Cha-Cha is merely a second number from the White House’s Chorus Line.
It’s their idea of a double play: from Steven Miller to Lois Lerner to only-God-and-the-devil-know-who’s-on-first!
Not sure I quite understand the following quote; but, then again, I’m a conservative and I’m not supposed to understand Mr. Zakaria because I’m just not capable of understanding him.
In an interview on Friday (in a not so distant era) in his CNN office, Zakaria again apologized for what he had called “a terrible mistake.”
“This week has been very important because it has made me realize what is at the core of what I want to do,” Zakaria said. He said he wanted to “help people to think about this fast-moving world and do this through my work on TV and writing.”
He added: “Other things will have to go away. There’s got to be some stripping down.”
Oh, now I get it. He’s just too busy an intellectual to keep close track of whom he’s plagiarizing. And since he’s a Third World genius, all is forgiven.
Charles R. Eisendrath, director of the Knight-Wallace Fellows in journalism at the University of Michigan, said, “What happens in the media is the cult of personality. The brands who have been forced to cut their staff have been forced to take on the brands of journalists.”
“The brands of journalists”!
It’s not like we have a new brand of whiskey.
But, then again, perhaps Fareed Zakaria is that intoxicatingly dangerous.
Meanwhile his book, judging from the title, is telling both America and President Obama that Amerika’s or America’s best days are over.
I haven’t read his book, nor do I intend to. So I’ll just have to glean what I can from the title: The Post-American World.
I escaped a virtual temple of the left when I fled Manhattan. The high priests of that apparently sacred place? “Babylon to the right and Shangri-La to the left!”
Sounds like the mantra of an usher in a Woody Allen film.
New York is Babylon for the right and, of course, Utopia for the left!
The last time I was there? Its citizens looked utterly lost. Either that or obligatorily self-deluded.
One learns to look down on people by attempting to mimic the noticeably skinny Barack and Michelle Obama ― “Fat people need not apply” ― and while watching the tentatively svelte Fareed Zakaria on television.
He may go to fat any day now. Might save his soul.
Does that leave George Soros and Oprah Winfrey holding the bag?
We shall see soon enough.
Oh, most apropos of both Fareed ‘n Barack is a two volume work by my friend and colleague at Enter Stage Right, Bruce Walker!
His book is perfectly entitled Sinisterism. Sinisterism is a distinctly Third Millennium disease that applies to the creation of the darkest cloud ever to hover above the entire human race: The Progressively Bipartisan and Increasingly Marxist New World Order.
Please look for the book and buy it!
Sinisterism is profoundly more relevant now than anything Fareed Zakaria might try to sell you in his The Post-American World or during his occasionally threatened love affair with CNN.