Fridays at the Art Pope Puppetshow are always amusing. John Hood usually takes the day off from his stage managing duties so Puppets-in-waiting can have their 15 minutes of fame. Today that honor falls to Mitch Kokai, a veteran reporter who appears to be angling toward a gig on Fix News. His interview with General Blah Blah is a classic piece of frightwing journalism that ends with the following exchange:
Kokai: As we wrap up in looking at this war on terror, the United States can’t just cut and run and decide that there is no longer a war on terror, can it?
McInerney: No. Cut and run is not a forward strategy. Cut and run does not defeat ideologies. As I’ve said, you defeat an ideology, which we are fighting against, [by] being forward, enabling moderates to grow up and take over. Cut and run abandons that, and how they get away with this cut and run strategy, it amazes me, because it doesn’t do anything. Defending ports and airports and banks and shopping malls of the United States does not defeat an ideology. You have to defeat it forward. And, frankly, we’re winning. We are winning.
We are winning. Stay the course. We are winning. $1.5 trillion. We are winning. We are winning. Yes master. We are winning.
*wakes from bad dream*
It looks like old Mitch hasn't just been drinking Karl Rove Kool-Aid, he's been mainlining it. An interview question like that would have earned him an automatic F in J-school. And out here in real life, it warrants nothing but ridicule. If the Carolina Journal wants to be considered anything other than a laughable echo-chamber for right wing talking points, they should probably send Kookai back to school where he can learn to think for himself. But that's a pretty big 'if.'
PS According to Kokai's biography, he earned highest honors and highest distinction from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What an embarrassment for the J-school.