Friday, October 28, 2005

Speak Wise Sandmonkey!

One of the reasons many of us have come to appreciate blogging, this new form of media, is that the blogger is able to forgo the usual journalistic niceties of the news-article genre and offer us an earthier and more demotic account of current events. Sandmonkey, for example, types out daily blog entries that are wicked and beautiful and, in their own way, just as TRUE as the latest article from the AP.

As support for this claim, consider, if you will, Wise Sandmonkey's ripping commentary on Ahmadinejad's recent injunction that the Israelis ought to be "wiped off the map,", which is surely reminiscent of Nasser's blustering "pushed into the sea" prediction back in the sixties that blew up in his face -- literally (*cough*1967*cough*).

Here is one of the grafs Wise Sandmonkey clipped:
France, Spain, Britain, Canada and Australia condemned the Iranian leader's remarks and the European trio said their foreign ministries would summon Iranian envoys and demand an explanation.
And now Sandmonkey's response:
And what's funny is that iranian political envoys are being summoned by european governments and asked for an explanation for A.J.'s remarks. Which makes me wonder: which part of "Israel should be wiped out" did you not get exactly? That wasn't clear enough for you? Dude, it was said in a conference called "A world without Zionism". Ehh...Hello.....anybody home? Which part needs further explaining to you? Oh god, why does Europe have to be so retarded?

Oh and fellow egyptians, before you rejoice in A.J.'s comments, ehh, accoridng to him we are traitors who surrenderd the entire muslim world, because we had a peace treaty with Israel. So yeah, he doesn't like us either. Get that through your head , will ya?
Heh heh.

Which makes me wonder: which part of "Israel should be wiped out" did you not get exactly? That wasn't clear enough for you? Dude, it was said in a conference called "A world without Zionism". Ehh...Hello.....anybody home?

Oh, man, I'm still laughing! I'm telling you, I almost fell off my chair laughing at the image of those "envoys" trudging into the embassies and being asked in the perfunctory outrage of someone who has just finished a nice steak if what had been said by Ahmadinejad was really what was truly meant. Oh, lord!

WAKE UP! Listen to WISE SANDMONKEY!

See, people?

Yes, we need as many talented and honest journalists as we can get working in every corner of the globe every day. We rely on them to present us with the results of their quick researches, which are then transferred to us in language that is as neutral and non-partisan and measured as possible. We absolutely respect those journalists who bring intelligence and high-caliber research skills to the news-article form.

But THANK GOD that we NOW also have the blogosphere to balance the dominance of the news article, where bloggers like Sandmonkey offer the reader the underbelly interpretation of events like the ambassadorial etiquette of "summoned envoys."

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Norman Geras over at Normblog evaluates the Guardian's coverage of Ahmadinejad's lethal talking-points at the "A World without Zionism" conference.

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