JOURNALISM IS DEAD  7:44 pm June 27, 2012

CNN Typist LZ Granderson Simply Does Not Care For Investigative Reporting

by Kris E. Benson

Jack NicholsonAmericans are so NOSY, you guys, what with their unrelenting interference in Vice Presidential matters and this bizarre obsession with “unsealing” classified documents to better understand the mistakes and triumphs of the past. Thomas Jefferson? Moron. James Madison? Hippie. And don’t even get me started on George Washington.

Via an Op-ed piece by CNN journalist typist LZ Granderson:

We are a nosy country. Though to be fair, it’s not entirely our fault. Between the 24/7 news cycle, social media and reality TV, we have been spoon fed other people’s private business for so long we now assume it’s a given to know everything. And if there are people who choose not to disclose, they must be hiding something. Being told that something’s “none of your business” is slowly being characterized as rude, and if such a statement is coming from the government, it seems incriminating.

Times have changed. Yet, not everything is our business. And in the political arena, there are things that should be and need to be kept quiet.

Couldn’t agree more. Interest in Kim Kardashian’s comings and goings is exactly like an interest in, say, the meeting minutes between oil executives and elected officials, or the reasons for firing federal prosecutors along ideological lines. EXACTLY THE SAME, especially when the government is just doing its darndest to Keep Us Safe.™ What is this, Iceland?

You see, freedom isn’t entirely free. It also isn’t squeaky clean. And sometimes the federal government deems it necessary to get its hands a little dirty in the hopes of achieving something we generally accept as good for the country.

Laws are made to be broken, amiright bro?  Freedom isn’t free, you can’t make a omelet without breaking eggs. Sometimes, you have to break the law to enforce the law, haven’t you seen Beverly Hills Cop?

Much in the same way, Project Wide Receiver and Project Road Runner — the earlier versions of Fast and Furious under President Bush — were executed with the hope that they will do more good than harm. Hardly anyone in the public knows the finer points of these programs. Were they legal? Hell no. Were they effective? Who knows? Were they done as a way to keep America safe? Yes.

Exactly. Laws are for little people. If you want to, say, sell a bunch of illegal drugs in the next town over and use the proceeds of those drug sales to fund a takeover of the taco stand down the street just in case the local grocery store runs out of prized natural resources, well, the most important question should be whether or not you’re doing all of that to keep you and your family SAFE.

But to go much beyond the criticism of these men runs the risk of learning that this great nation of ours is heavily involved in doing some things that are not so great. Think about it: We have allowed weapons to cross the Mexican border and into the hands of criminals for years. Many of these weapons were involved in killing innocent Mexicans. There’s nothing very admirable about that. But the truth is, it’s very American.

Duh, what is more American than killing innocent Mexicans, especially if we admit that it’s not admirable to have killed the innocent Mexicans? Like the Founders said, our nation’s values are best manifested in the strength of our resolve to kill innocent people in service of ineffective and inhumane policies that prop up special interests at the expense of poor and minority communities. Couldn’t agree more.

And maybe it’s better for us not to be so nosy, not to know everything because, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men,” many of us won’t be able to handle the truth.

And that, friends, is what it takes to be a regular CNN typist: a disinterest in investigative reporting, an unquestioning defense of authority, a disregard for the lives of people who aren’t American, and if possible, a heady dose of clichés and movie quotes.

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nounverb911 June 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I thought Granderson plays centerfield for the Yankees.

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Seems plausible- this crap sounds like it was written by someone who took a few flies to the noggin.

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Tigers' fans miss this guy so much.

ImpureScience June 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

A better sort of Granderson.

Barb June 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

"Interest in Kim Kardashian’s comings and goings is exactly like an interest in…."

I Googled "who gives a shit?"
My name wasn't in the results.

Tundra Grifter June 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

If anyone is interested in Kim's comings and goings they can watch the tape.

Barb June 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Hey Tundra! Let's tweet her and ask:
Did it hurt when you fell off the whore tree and banged every guy on the way down?

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm

It hurts so good.

extreme_left June 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I hear her bark is worse than her bite.

Beetagger June 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

You can't fuck a taco without bruising a few beans.

Tundra Grifter June 27, 2012 at 8:30 pm

A few feathers are going to get bent if you keep fucking that chicken.

johnnyzhivago June 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Stay out of the tall grass when the elephants are fucking.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm

You don't fuck a horse, you fuck AT the horse.

Estproph June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

You can't fuck a shark without losing a few limbs.

Crank_Tango June 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

And getting some sour cream on your balls. Trust me. Learn from my mistakes!

starfanglednut June 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm

In Mexico, taco fuck you.

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

You can't fuck a pie without popping a few cherries.

extreme_left June 27, 2012 at 11:39 pm

You can't fuck a bat without stepping in some shit

coolhandnuke June 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Just because you can type it doesn't mean you should.

OzoneTom June 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

You can't handle the truth!

Steverino247 June 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

PERJURY LIBEL!!!

nounverb911 June 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

"CNN Typist LZ Granderson"
Does she? use an IBM Selectric or a Remington Rand?

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Looks like LZ is a dood. He types in blood b/c he is very, very sincere.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 8:38 am

It's easy to get this confused, as this writer should obviously stay in the kitchen and make sammiches.

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 8:42 am

Indeed, LZ isn't just a typo of Liz. Probably stands for Lou Zer, would be my guess.

yrbmegr June 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm

What is he hiding?

smokefilledroommate June 28, 2012 at 1:35 am

His undying love for China.

Rotundo_ June 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

CNN, becoming a laughing stock before someone's eyes. Theoretically at least. IF they're stuck in ATL because a duck walked across a runway and air traffic across the entire fucking eastern seaboard ground to a grinding screeching halt.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm

If you are stuck in Atlanta because a duck walked across a runway and air traffic across the entire fucking Eastern Seabord grinds to a grinding screeching halt, does it make a sound?

Callyson June 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

And in the political arena, there are things that should be and need to be kept quiet.

Mittens agrees, and will only be taking questions about income inequality in a quiet room, for background only (no quotes)…

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Much of the keeping quiet in quiet rooms should involve garrotes and body bags.

Callyson June 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

We still don't have access to all of the messy facts surrounding the Iran-Contra scandal that erupted during the Reagan administration. All we know is that weapons were sold to Iran in exchange for hostages and that the proceeds from those sales were used to illegally fund rebels in Nicaragua who were supposedly fighting Communism.

Yeah, why would we want to know anything else about that can of worms? It's not as if we still have troubled relations with Iran or anything…

Idiot.

Tundra Grifter June 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Largely because President Bush (41 – up to his eyebrows in the deal as Vice President) pardoned Caspar Weinberger before he could be brought to trial.

An_Outhouse June 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

and then William Casey conveniently died.

StealthMuslin June 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

To quote the great R. Milhous Nixon: "If the President does it it's not illegal. So why bother asking?"

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

For teh lulz?

Extemporanus June 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Follow the Noonan

chascates June 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Yes, yes! The famous 'keep moving' statement. Or 'move along'. In either case Peggy didn't bother.

Tyrannically_Joe June 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

And maybe it’s better for us not to be so nosy, not to know everything because, to paraphrase the famous line from the movie “A Few Good Men,” many of us won’t be able to handle the truth.

Wasn't that quote actually the frustrated slip of the Bad Guy on the witness stand that inadvertantly revealed that US soldiers were torturing people, and which only came about because Our Hero goaded him into the outburst?

I'm just asking, because it seems like that famous quote might actually be the literal exact opposite of how this CNN person I don't care about is trying to use it.

starfanglednut June 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Pick, pick pick.

Chow Yun Flat June 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

The Amerikkkan government has slaughtered innocent men, women and children; tortured people to get information that those tortured didn't have; made war on half the world because it could.

Since the great majority of the media either supports or doesn't bother with these atrocities Liz Granderson knows what she is talking about. She should be the next presidential press secretary or the dean of the Columbia School of Urinalism.

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

LZ is a man, not that that changes much of anything.

chascates June 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Ah, the Drudge Report has been running a hede that CNN has the lowest ratings ever. It'll probably turn into a glitzy, celebrity infatuated network that just reports 'news' other people have already put out there.

Oh. Wait.

GuanoFaucet June 27, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Jesus fuck was that dumb. Someone needs to give Granderson the journalistic equivalent of a Code Red.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

The journalistic equivalent of a Code Red is editing his copy with MEAN EDITING MARKS in red ink.

BlueStateLibel June 27, 2012 at 8:04 pm

"Hardly anyone in the public knows the finer points of these programs. Were they legal? Hell no. Were they effective? Who knows?"

Yeah, who knows, only GOD knows. WTF, is this an Onion parody piece?

Callyson June 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Right now, The Onion is a more credible news source than CNN…

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

That was the most mind-blowing line. I honestly thought when he asked "were they effective?" that the answer was going to be yes, so that at least you could make the argument of "the ends justify the means." But, he didn't even give himself that lifeline. No, the line he gave himself was "well, good intentions are what matters." which is easily the flimsiet argument of any apologia ever.

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 9:04 am

Indeed. You know who else was just doing what he thought was best for his country?

Joshua Norton June 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm

If this dude was any more vapid he'd be Wolf Blitzer.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

They have shots for vapid wolves.

Lionel[redacted]Esq June 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Let' face it, if there were any innocent Mexicans, they wouldn't be in Mexico, would they.

emmelemm June 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

QED, motherfuckers.

Fairtackle June 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Many of these weapons were involved in killing innocent Mexicans. There’s nothing very admirable about that. But the truth is, it’s very American.

Right, because American exceptionalism. And since were are exceptional, that makes it all good … because we are exceptional … urm…LIberty!

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

DERP LIBEL!!!

starfanglednut June 27, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Boojum, you are on a roll tonight.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

It's the meth.

new_pic_for_NEWTer June 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm

…and it's better for you than coffee, amirite?

extreme_left June 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm

One has to remember that in every Messican is a American trying to get out, so seen in this light and the American proclivity for shooting neighbors, fellow students etc it makes perfect sense.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:23 am

Been to Walmart lately? It looks like, in every American, there is a Mexican who just got eated. With a side of cheese nachos.

docteur_giraud June 27, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I've seen "Project Road Runner." It was an Acme program, and it ended in an explosion at the bottom of a canyon.

MilwaukeeKent June 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

But everyone was just fine a minute or two later, weren't they? Just like new. Coyote, Road Runner, whoever. So see? Ignorance works.

BigSkullF*ckingDog June 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Dear Editrix,

Tomorrow, I humbly request at least one post that doesn't make me want to slit my wrists or move to Canada (almost the same thing, btw).

Yours Truly,
A very depressed and not-so-skullfucking dog

Callyson June 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I made it to the liquor store and stocked up. Ready for that HCR ruling…

Butch_Wagstaff June 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Tomorrow should be SO MUCH FUN!
I might have to stick my head under a pond somewhere and not breathe for a few hours.

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hopefully your pond- like Callyson- will be supplied with plenty of liquor.

ElPinche June 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I got four bottles of Crown and my cocoon is made and ready for my depression coma.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:08 pm

BSFD: I have rum.

emmelemm June 27, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Canada libel!

Seriously, what would be wrong with moving to Canada if they'd have us? (They won't.)

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

They might, though- don't they need help fracking their NG fields?

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

Or scrubbing their tar sludge so they can shove it into a pipeline to spill all over the US.

new_pic_for_NEWTer June 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

As a semi-proud Canucklehead, and occasional ambassador to places that don't exist, I'm happy to help all you all Wonketeers immigrate.

Just mention my government name and add the secret phrase "Go Leafs" and you'll be allowed straight in.

You're welcome.

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I wish I could think of something to cheer you up, but the best I can offer is that we're all in this together.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm

BSFD: I had rum.

BigSkullF*ckingDog June 27, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Thanks boojum, that made me laugh.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Good, because it made me drunk.

SayItWithWookies June 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Celebrity famewhores do everything they can to get details of their boring, useless lives into the press, abetted by lazy starfucking reporters who like to be spoon-fed gossip.

Oliver North — and his cronies, all the way up to drooling moron Ronald Reagan, committed serial lawbreaking to do something they were explicitly forbidden to do, and broke an embargo their own administration had against selling arms to Iran in order to do it, and deliberately concealed it. This is neither right nor patriotic nor "American" (whatever the fuck Granderson means by that, unless bumbling stupidity is American).

Fast & Furious was an ATF operation that went wrong. Holder disclosed to Issa all the details except those that might compromise current activities, yet Issa keeps pressing the idea that the administration is hiding something sinister, mostly for political purposes — smearing the administration and, as Nancy Pelosi pointed out, stopping Holder's actions against voter suppression.

Why Granderson thinks there's any kind of equivalence among these three vastly disparate situations is a mystery, especially when it's his job to know what the hell he's talking about.

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

"…especially when it's his job to know what the hell he's talking about."

He thought he was just s'posed to be processing words. Oopsie!

SayItWithWookies June 28, 2012 at 1:38 am

First I thought maybe he was writing on deadline and got too far into it to change once he figured out it was a lousy premise. But then I read back over some of his stuff and it's full of oversimplifications and jumping to conclusions — so yeah, apparently he just spits out streams of ideas and stops when he thinks he's reached a conclusion. How sad that people get paid for that.

scvirginia June 28, 2012 at 1:50 am

I'm sorry to hear that you had to read back over his stuff.

I hope you will now give yourself permission to do something much more enjoyable & enlightening for the rest of the evening. Sleeping, perhaps?

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:26 am

I know! Masturbating!

Well, Hell, Grunderscum did it all over us, so it only seemed fair.

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

That's what happens when a major news organization thinks that working for ESPN qualifies someone as a journalist.

HateMachine June 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm

"especially when it's his job to know what the hell he's talking about."

Sorry, Wook, I was with you up till right here, but this statement is wildly at odds with CNN's actual hiring pracitices. They haven't hired anyone to know what the hell they're talking about for at least a decade, mostly because facts are partisan.

SayItWithWookies June 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

I guess I haven't been paying attention — I did notice a few months ago when half of their top stories were iReports though, and there are always lots of "dog falls out of airplane, walks 3,000 miles back home" and the latest amber alert kinda stories, but I thought that was pretty much all American news — like HuffPo without sideboob stories.

scvirginia June 28, 2012 at 1:52 am

That's pretty cool about the dog walking 3000 miles- almost makes me wish I had CNN…

HateMachine June 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

In its way, I sort of loathe CNN even more than FOX. FOX is a pack of lying assholes actively engaged in burning America down for fun and profit, but as my man Walter said, "at least it's an ethos." FOX at least has a(n apocalyptic) vision of America, and presents a stable worldview that, viewed in a terrible light by the willfully ignorant, could be mistaken for fact.

CNN, in an effort to stake out "the center" and be "the voice of reason" just makes their newsroom a place where objective facts do not exist. They deliberately cut interviewees and debaters from both sides off right as they're about to make something resembling a substantive point, and then sew the segment up with a nihilistic little "well I guess opinions differ on the subject of gravity, who will ever be able to say for sure?" And yeah, all the iReports and Cute Dog Stories are handy methods for avoiding having to say anything worthwhile.

CNN, in short, is all about masturbating furiously to a political horse race, as though there was nothing actually at stake in this besides either side's personal pride. And that aspect seeps out into the rest of journalism. I honestly believe they're a bigger net detriment to America than FOX. FOX lies, but a compulsive liar is a known quantity. CNN wants to pretend that nothing can ever be known.

UnholyMoses June 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

I really wish I could give you more than just one upfist for that.

Seriously. One of the best comments I've read … pretty much anywhere. Just perfect. Nailed. It.

**standing ovation**

rickmaci June 27, 2012 at 8:34 pm

It's LZ Granderson folks and it's HE, not SHE. He writes this kind of nonsensical shit for ESPN most of the time, i.e. he is a sportswriter. They tend to be a bit on the obsequious side when it comes to established authority. Makes it easier to take the comp tickets and freebee press box chow. Nuff said.

SayItWithWookies June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Oh great — I can't wait for his novel, The Five War Criminals You Meet in Heaven.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

And their pick up basketball team.

Negropolis June 28, 2012 at 8:13 am

Mitch does try so very hard, bless his heart. People in Detroit either love him or hate him. He's a better community organizer than he is a writer, let's just say that.

johnnyzhivago June 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Enough of these investigations!!! I say that if you can't trust your own government, who can you trust?

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:27 am

Hitler?

johnnyzhivago June 27, 2012 at 8:38 pm

BTW, it's not "typist" anymore, it's "keyboardist", which is basically a piano player, so there.

LetUsBray June 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

BILLY PRESTON LIBEL!

Butch_Wagstaff June 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Sorta like someone who dresses as a homeless person and screams at people can now be called a "singer".

BoatOfVelociraptors June 27, 2012 at 11:44 pm

DVORAK LIBEL!

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

Antonín or August?

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Actually, the correct modern term is "penist."

James Michael Curley June 27, 2012 at 8:39 pm

If Holder is in contempt of Congress and he has to release all those documents, will we find out where Neilist has been for the past six months?

johnnyzhivago June 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I could tell you, but then I'd have to shoot you.

ElPinche June 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I have heard that name in a while. Where is that turkey?

starfanglednut June 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I dunno, but I miss him. A gun nut with a sense of humor. Who knew they existed?

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm

A turkey-and-a-half, in fact.

James Michael Curley June 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I don’t know but it’s probably noisy. Blaat, Blaat, Blaat, Blaat (poorly rendered sound of an AR-15 with the auto limiter ground off.)

Tundra Grifter June 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Another Wonketter posted this on another post here.

You must read it if you want another view of "Fast and Furious!"
http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 8:54 am

Indeed. Extremely highly recommended, as it highlights the fact that everything the GOP has been saying about F&F is a lie.

iburl June 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

As a liberal, I don't often say this type of thing, but, if you don't like our citizens questioning our government…

MOVE TO RUSSIA!

This article is almost stupid enough for me to want to arrest Holder too.

EatsBabyDingos June 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

M-80's might cure colon cancer. Is this a question?

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:29 am

Certainly would make it irrelevant.

EatsBabyDingos June 27, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I heard that out of the 3,947 toads in existence in the world, 4 of them will get you buzzed if you lick their butts. Oh wait. 5 toads, but I can hardly get my little tongue into his fartbox. THIS is CNN.

Guppy June 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm

So… a Teabagger wants us to trust in Big Brother?

Blueb4sunrise June 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

In related News News: NPR had on some Astrologers and/or Tarot Readers to predict what the SCOTUS would rule. I don't know what they predicted because I almost broke the car radio trying to get that shit off.

On the return trip, I gave it another try and they told me that Defense Contractors employ a lot of people and they're worried that the impending cuts would mean people would be laid-off. And WE CAN"T HAVE THAT!!!! Also, John McCain.

Guppy June 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Can't we outsource bombing brown people to China?

BoatOfVelociraptors June 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

It would save on gas.

Butch_Wagstaff June 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Thankfully I didn't hear the Astrologer/Tarot Reader/Fraud thing. It would have sent me over the edge.
I know ya got to fill out a show but…really? Why not just have some people examine the turds in a cat's litter box to predict who's going to win the Presidential election?

fuflans June 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

ha! the answer was: yes and no.

apparently they disagreed over whether or not mercury was in retrograde.

not even a little making that up.

yrbmegr June 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm

What is she hiding?

Estproph June 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

"Hardly anyone in the public knows the finer points of these programs. Were they legal? Hell no. Were they effective? Who knows? Were they done as a way to keep America safe? Yes."

With this logic, why not kill everyone who isn't an American? Not that there aren't people attempting to do just that…

Crank_Tango June 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Jeeze, if only CNN knew who was to blame for the 24 hour clusterfuck news cycle…the internet?

Butch_Wagstaff June 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I still blame Ted Turner.

sezme June 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Did I pay for the house my family and I live in?
No.
Do I have the legal right to keep the former occupants imprisoned in the basement?
Beats me.
Am I doing what I think is best for my family?
Shut up and iron my shirt.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:31 am

And iron that sammich, too!

ManchuCandidate June 27, 2012 at 9:18 pm

US Amercia Democracy's epitaph: Too stupid, corrupt and lazy to give a shit.

extreme_left June 27, 2012 at 11:50 pm

This is assuming somebody could be bothered writing it.

Negropolis June 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

I suspect it will be far less thoughtful: USA! USA! USA!

Of simply…

T

BarackMyWorld June 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Richard Nixon high-fives you from Hell.

BlueStateLibel June 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Wish I had more upfists to give you on that one…

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Telling readers that they can't handle the truth is just a lazy ass way to say LZG can't be bothered to find out the truth. I hope he's not calling himself a journalist.

ElPinche June 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I'll say it again. Since no one trusts the black guy (Holder), I say we pluck George W from the safety of his Dallas home and Cheney from his sarcophagus and we clear all of this Fast & Furious stuff up , right quick.

Guppy June 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Don't forget Congress' favorite AG: Alberto "Just Sign It" Gonzales!

Antispandex June 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

" And maybe it’s better for us not to be so nosy, not to know everything …."

Ignorance Is bliss?

BZ1 June 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm

CNN … sigh

bikerlaureate June 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

…the hope that they will do more good than harm.

Well, dang, if that's good enough for the Most Righteous Bryan Fischer, it's good enough for me.

alteredimages June 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Glenn Greenwald tore this chump apart today in his column. Nuff said.

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm

This country is so incredibly not curious about the things that really matter, that it's not even funny. Really, it's not funny; it's scary. If Americans were nosy, we'd probably be in one less war than we are, Dubya wouldn't have become president, etc…BTW, never liked LZ.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions..and cheap asphalt, because your city hired a shoddy contractor hoping to keep a long-term contract with the city for the work.

HistoriCat June 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Man, I remember when CNN was the go-to source for big news story.

How the mighty have fallen.

HobbesEvilTwin June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm

so maybe I got it wrong and LZ McDouchenozzleSmugAssFace is the third nigger in the Uncle Tom Troika http://wonkette.com/476522/herman-cain-ken-blackw

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Ummm, really? Did you really just say that?

alteredimages June 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Yeah. Not good. *sssssshhhh* sound of inhaling through teeth.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:33 am

Mr. Bell?

starfanglednut June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Like I said to my best friend just the other day:

"Did I steal the money from your wallet? Hell Yes. Does this mean I am a shitty friend? Who knows? Was it done to buy pizza? Yes."

"So don't be so nosy, because you can't handle the truth!"

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 11:29 pm

You are a truly patriotic American, & I salute you.

Boojum June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Doos it meen we suk win we ly? Yus. Doos we cair? Fuk no. U can't handl usrs troofs.

I HATE stupid people.

not that Radio June 27, 2012 at 9:59 pm

"Well, Doctor? What have we got — a Dystopia or an Idiocracy?"

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Yes.

alteredimages June 28, 2012 at 12:32 am

Congratulations, it's twins!

Chichikovovich June 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Actually that should be CNN's slogan: "CNN: For people who can't handle the truth"

not that Radio June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

James Earl Jones could really use the money.

rocktonsam June 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm

today, we are all nosy

VespulaMaculata June 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Shame on them if Palin and Cheney don't send Granderson flowers.

Fukui-sanRadioBarb June 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

OT: where's our siren of the site, KBJ?

MumbletyRadio June 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

KBJ

Good grief. I was wondering the same thing when I read your comment.

Designer_Radio June 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Really good weed with no THC? Israeli Team Grows "Highless" Marijuana.

I have now heard it all.

lisawines June 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Here's what Blake Hounshell, editor of Foreign Policy magazine and Radley Balko, senior writer at Huffington Post tweeted about Granderson's article: @blakehounshell Horrible stuff RT @radleybalko: A journalist wrote this. How embarassing.

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

I'll agree with the embarrassing part, anyway…

Negropolis June 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Blake is being too kind. A journalist? Ha!

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

So apparently Granderson's main gig is for ESPN. I find that revealing, but maybe I'm just being nosy.

DerrickWildcat June 27, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I don't wanna know everything.

HarryButtle June 28, 2012 at 12:07 am

I don't wanna know anything.

emmelemm June 28, 2012 at 12:46 am

+1

scvirginia June 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

"Many of these weapons were involved in killing innocent Mexicans. There’s nothing very admirable about that. But the truth is, it’s very American."

Why duz LZ Granderson hate America? Why?

extreme_left June 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Condensed version: "I'm getting my paycheck so I don't give a fuck"

barto June 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Whenever someone says "think about it" I cringe, because I know what's coming next is something they probably really haven't thought about at all. To go the next step and put it in writing…

HarryButtle June 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm

He understands that Jessup was the BAD guy, right?

Designer_Radio June 28, 2012 at 12:28 am

The Miami man who chewed the face off a homeless person had marijuana in his system, but not so-called bath salts, as previously speculated.

My theory? Florida Gov Scott eats people's faces and then blames it on black guys. Is that the truth? Hell maybe. Is it the likeliest explanation? Who knows?

Negropolis June 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

It'd be irresponsible not to speculate.

I kind of saw this coming, though. Whenever the nation gets whipped up in a hysteria about a new drug, the story is usually more complicated than they want to report. And, maybe it just had to do with the fact that the dude that did this looked crazy, to me.

not that Radio June 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

But but but "whacked out on drugs that we deliberately misunderstand" fits our media narrative, while "languished for years beneath our failed medical system and didn't receive treatment for mental illness " does not. It's just not very sexy. If you were a teevee news producer, you'd know that, and we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:44 am

So, with this talk of killin' n all, I am forced to wonder why some fine young man with an exceptional piece of machinery and a very steady hand has not yet taken a bead on the Koch brothers from 500 or 1000 yards out. Lancing a major boil, as it were.

With surveyors' marks and a high powered vote delivery system, of course.

James Michael Curley June 28, 2012 at 6:29 am

As the morning dawns whereby all the greedy, self serving f*ckwards of the republican persuasion may get what they want from the increasingly biased Dancing Bears, just a reminder that James Michael Curley and almost eight million will become eligible for Social Security and Medicare over the next two years.

As we age and become more enfeebled don't you wish we could have afforded the ridiculously exploding cost of primary health care over the last thirty years? Sure would have drastically reduced that burden you are going to see sucked out of your taxes in the next ten years.

Negropolis June 28, 2012 at 8:21 am

Where we are on this day is a perfect example of what happens when you water down something that was already a Republican plan to the point of where it becomes completely feeble.

It's crazy that Mitt "Father of Obamacare" Romney may actually get some kind of advantage out of whatever is ruled on, today. This is why you don't play the Republicans game to begin with. If we weren't going to have a public options, the very least that could have been done was to make the funding mechanism a clear tax so as to avoid it coming to the Supreme Court.

telecustom1972 June 28, 2012 at 8:02 am

Just for the record, I am far more interested in Kim Kardashian's "comings" than "goings".

ttommyunger June 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

Based on our History, killing brown people, or any people, for that matter,is very American. (whimpers)

BaldarTCrabass June 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

It's OK to be useless, as long as you can justify your uselessness.

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 8:53 am

Y'know, when I was growing up a long time ago, "none of your business" was always considered at least as rude as "shut up".

Turns out, though, the more we learn about Fast & Furious, the more we learn that it was trying in completely legitimate ways to combat a serious pre-existing problem without doing anything to exacerbate it in the attempt to fix it. We totally CAN handle the truth, although Issa, Grassley &co. clearly can't, and wouldn't even be able to identify it if it slapped them repeatedly in the face with giant rubber gloves while wearing a 4-ft high neon sign reading "I'm the truth".

DerrickWildcat June 28, 2012 at 8:59 am

I believe that there are certain things that we are not meant to know. Such as, where did that thing come from, (It wasn't there a minute ago) why Spiders can't fly or where garlic comes from. These are examples of why living life is good. I think the person who wrote this story understands that.

outragedcitizen June 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

I believe the Jack Nicholson character in "A Few Good Men" turned out to be an insane, self-serving, megalomaniac. What does that make the people Granderson is saying we should not question?

neiltheblaze June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

This guy has simply encapsulated CNN's own journalistic standards in a way that even Wolf Blitzer can comprehend.

gurukalehuru June 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

To tell you the truth, I hated that movie.
One easily quotable shouted line by Jack Nicholson does not make up for the boredom of watching Tom Cruise be a lameass playing a lameass for two hours.
And the line doesn't even make sense, in context. I mean, if the truth was that brain-sucking aliens were poised to annihilate the human race, if the truth was that Hitler had survived, got a sex change operation and was better known today as Betty White, those would be things that are hard to handle.
A couple of marines beat the shit out of a retarded marine and their commanding officer is an asshole? What's not to handle?

Diabeetis June 28, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Even though I think the GOP outrage over Fast and Furious is the b.s. that it is, it is pretty funny and ironic how Granderson doesn't sound much different here than a pro-Bush Republican circa 2003.

Boojum June 28, 2012 at 3:17 am

Cheaper, certainly.

sullivanst June 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

Must be, Doctors prescribe it, and we must Trust Them.

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