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Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

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—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, January 27, 2004


Easy on the toad --he's a prince, y'know

Did Barbara Frum make some sort of deathbed pact with the CBC to ensure that the MotherCorp never get too tough with her spawn? Between Susan Ormiston’s soft chat with David Frum about State of the Union addresses (AS IF Bush doesn’t pay attention to the media, and AS IF Bill Clinton’s speeches were a disordered mess with no purpose. Susan, ask a bloody followup and call him on it!) and Evan Solomon’s only slightly more challenging conversation about Frummy-boy’s new book with fellow armchair general Richard Perle, I’m getting my suspicions.

Some Frumisms: “You must see the world as it is, not how you want it to be.” TRANSLATION: If you disagree with how I see things, you’re looking through red spectacles. The truth is what I say it is.

“America must always champion the ideals of freedom.” Riiight: like interning people in military encampment as neither civilians nor prisoners of war? Sending Maher Arar over to Syria instead of Canada? Encouraging meter-readers and mail carriers to be spies on their routes? More like rant a lot about freedom, while overriding civil liberties whenever they get in the way of your latest bastard-Trotskyist escapade—or the search for monsters under the bed.

One thing I’ve gotta credit Frum with: He’s always on message, even as he does logical loop-de-loops about the rationale for kissing ass with some of the world’s strongmen while invading other countries, or how the fact that there was nothing wrong with invading Iraq under false pretense (“moral clarity” apparently doesn’t forbid lying to your own people and the entire international community.) In that respect, he’s like any good snake-oil salesman.

Still, it doesn’t excuse Solomon or Ormiston’s softness, especially when there’s nobody else on the show who would force Frum to flesh out his assertions. (The old broadcast interviewing principle: if there’s one guest, the interviewer does the challenging; if it’s more than one, the host can be more inquisitive than adversarial. Said principle does not apply to partisan or ideological love-ins.) Solomon did what he does with every book on Hot Type—tells the reader to go out and buy it. No thanks. If I want to read any Frum, I’ll get it from the local library and let the think-tanks and their wealthy benefactors line his pockets.
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