You Know What Rolls Downhill
October 21, 2008
That intellectual grease trap known as Fox News has signed up Glenn Beck, whose rock-bottom ratings and bottom-feeding ways were a drag on the CNN Headline News operation, and more importantly, Judith Miller, whose “impressive resume” (or so it was described by a Fox mucketymuck) includes helping the Bush administration lie us into a catastrophic war in Iraq.
Since wingers don’t come any lower than Glenn Beck, his new job as a stableboy on the Murdoch ranch can’t be viewed as any kind of fall. But one can imagine Miller’s bafflement at how her career has unfolded. Instead of landing fat book contracts and a sinecure on the New York Times op-ed page alongside Maureen Dowd, she’s been mocked as a neocon sock puppet, jailed for contempt of court and forced to settle for paddling around in the stagnant think tank called the Manhattan Institute.
To hell with her and Beck, too. Let Rupert feed ’em. As Anthony Hopkins said so primly in Howards End, “Perhaps this is a case in which water has found its proper level.” Except water isn’t the substance I’m thinking about.