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Posted: 10/23/2004 5:38:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/23/2004 5:45:14 AM EDT by goodmedicine]
For your enjoyment and no need to go there

Posted by : muriel_volestrangler (1000+ posts)

The Times (British) mentions Democratic Underground!

Not very complimentary, I'm afraid; but DU has at least now made an appearance in 'the paper of record' for the last 200 years, on the subject of 'Team America':

Here are some of the posts so far on the left-liberal American website Democratic Underground: “Totally bias (sic). I mean, c’mon. How can they NOT have a Bush puppet.”

“I can’t believe there are people who don’t realize that the South Park guys are Republican shills.”

“Which kid always dies? The poor kid whose house is full of rats, as a comedy device.”

“Those guys lost me years ago when they trashed rainforest preservation and diversity. Call me touchy and humourless but I can’t get any chuckles out of human-caused mass extinction.”

Quote from Times article...

I particularly like the last two entries. So much, in fact, that I find it hard to believe that they weren’t submitted as a mischievous parody. But suppose for a moment they are genuine, it would surely confirm something a lot of us have suspected since at least the stand-up days of Ben Elton, and certainly through the entire careers of Mark Steel and Jeremy Hardy: that “socialism” and “humour” are mutually exclusive terms.

Some DU replies...

DemBones DemBones (1000+ posts) Sat Oct-23-04 11:59 AM
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1. Just need to ask. . .

how do Brits use the term "bien-pensant"? What would "bien-pensant America" mean to you, muriel?

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muriel_volestrangler (1000+ posts) Sat Oct-23-04 12:53 PM
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5. I would take it as meaning 'politically correct'

and my dictionary says "right thinking, orthodox". By using a French term, I'd say there's a hint of accusing DU (or anyone else expressing these views) as being elitist (or 'the chattering classes', as British right wingers often dismiss educated people).

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SpikeTrees (1000+ posts) Sat Oct-23-04 12:00 PM
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2. Let's launch a boycott of their advertisers!

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OutsourceBush (257 posts) Sat Oct-23-04 12:05 PM
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3. That's what happens when people start stupid ass threads

We are facing one of the most serious elections in US history and people start threads talking about South Park cartoon bias sh*t. geesh

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Brian_Expat (1000+ posts) Sat Oct-23-04 12:05 PM
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4. James Delingpole is a sanctimonious prig. . .

. . . and I say that as someone who has lived in the UK for a while now. You have to understand that British journalism is very much a product of the class system, and between the santimonious lecturing drivel of the New Labourites in the Guardian (or Independent), the Tory moralising of the Telegraph, or the "we're just so high class and wealthy private-school denizens" Times, it's hard to get good journalism.

The ironic thing is that Delingpole probably thinks that he has a grasp on "American socialism" because he's visited a web site where Democrats ranging from conservative Democrats to liberal REAL socialists post. It's part of his ego-boost to quote some of the dumber posts, replete with their spelling errors and post them with that arrogant faux-upper-class sniff-in-writing, so that he may dismiss them with a foppish flick of his wrist as so. . . PROLETARIAN.

Pay him no mind, in other words. Nobody else outside of the wannabe upper class in London do.

GM ETA If these fools only new how many people use them for amusement

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