(HT: Eat the Press) I try not to judge too harshly regular people who don’t
keep up with obsess over Central Asia. I also like to think that reading mainstream publications should give people a reasonable grasp of the world, especially when big magazines like Time run stories about the Talibanization of western Pakistan.
Huh. This is along the same lines of how Newsweek was recently shown to treat its American readers with absolute contempt.
In other words, while it might be nice to learn about how American policy is failing in the country that actually attacked us on September 11, the mainstream glossies seem to think we’re more interested in lesbians who photograph celebrities and the Kansas Board of Education.
At this point, I don’t even want to critique the article (esp. its oversimplification of the fighting in Wana). There is a more immediate question. Why do these publications hate America? I can’t really say. But seeing how they treat us with such contempt is deeply illuminating, and probably good insight into why our leaders seem to make such puzzlingly bad decisions in “the broader Middle East.”