Friday, December 28, 2007

Hysteria Watch

Clemens is now being compared to murderers and lying presidents.

O.J. Simpson got away with it. Bill Clinton got away with it, sort of. When asked whether he had sex with Monica Lewinsky, he said he never had sex with that woman. And he was impeached, not convicted. President George W. Bush told us there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq . . . but none were ever found . . .

. . . Excuse me if I've become jaded from all the statements that turned out to be false by celebrities in the past. But how could any of us not be? Denial. Denial. Denial. It's become the American way. If you say it's not true, no matter how bad the "it" may be, you have a chance of getting away with it.

Oy.

3 comments:

Chris H said...

OK, please understand that I'm not a Clemens supporter and I realize that it is likely he's guilty.

But maybe, just maybe, isn't it possible that he's telling the truth?

And if indeed he is, what, exactly, is he supposed to do OTHER than deny?

William said...

My absolute favorite part about this absurd, and poorly written, column? The writer is a PROFESSOR OF JOURNALISM! Note to self: never take journalism classes at Stony Brook...

ty said...

The article is annoying and poorly written, very true. But I do think the very tiny kernel at its heart is worthy of being published. The "Culture of Denial" is a very real and very destructive part of our society. Not that it hasn't been a very real and very destructive part of pretty much _every_ society, ever.

Still, it is something to be railed against. However, it would be nice if the railing were cogent and insightful.