Tony Blair, falling from his perch as Prime Minister of Great Britain, fired a parting shot at the media in a London speech at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“We are all being dragged down by the way media and public life interact,” Blair said… “The fear of missing out means today’s media…hunts in a pack. In these modes it is like a feral beast just tearing people and reputations to bits.”
Tony, baby, sweetie, that’s their frigging job. When you lie, and you have, often, it’s their job to expose you and to shred you, especially when your lies and pandering send British soldiers to be shredded in Iraq. Or, as the Times story notes:
The last few years of Blair’s premiership have seen aggressive media investigations of a series of scandals, including allegations of cash paid for peerages and the government’s decision in December to halt an investigation into possible payments made to Saudi Arabia in connection with an $89 billion fighter jet contract.
The Times is being rather polite there, since what they’re referring to is the two billion in bribes and/or kickbacks paid to a Saudi bigwig.
So, Tony, you screwed up, badly, fatally for thousands of people, and the press caught you and called you out. Well boo freakin’ hoo!
Now The Lion is no fan of the press, in Britain or America. The press has blood on its hands, lots of blood, for what it’s done in the matter of Iraq, and for what it’s done and continues to do in destroying civil liberties and civil rights and the rule of law and the Constitution in the United States. But when someone whose hands are just as bloody criticizes them for finally doing their job, The Lion has no sympathy, just contempt. So stuff a sock in it, Tony. (Gosh, maybe you can borrow the sock your master, the Little Psychopath, stuffed down his flying suit in the famous Mission Accomplished performance piece on that aircraft carrier. You might want to wash it first.)