Jayson was chosen by the
journalism power elite to be a star. Similarly, Manuel Noriega, the Shaw
of Iran, Osama Bin Laden, and Saddam Hussien were chosen as rising stars
by our political elite.
Unsurprisingly, perhaps inevitably, the
rising stars all imploded due to the complex panoply of forces both
inherent in their personalities and in things beyond their control.
(That which makes one a suck-up also makes one rather delusional n'est
Now the same elite that elevated Jayson and Saddam see
to it that their former protégés are not only removed from power, but
also destroyed and humiliated. The real humiliation is not for the poor
deterministic pawns in this game. The real humiliation is to the elite
and to their arrogance and vanity.
Jayson was no more chosen for
his blackness then Saddam was chosen for representing a minor religious
sect. They were both chosen because of their ability to suck up to the
elite. It wasn't Jayson's brown skin that got him the assignments, it
was his brown nose. That nose was stuck up Howard Raines' ass and it is
Raines, not Blair that deserves all the pejoratives and
There will always be ambitious kiss-ass twits striving
past their abilities to upstage those they wish to feel superior too.
It is the job of the elite-- if there really is such a thing, to know
that has been the truth since time immemorial and to prevent those twits
from succeeding. Raines failed. So did our political elite.
saddest aspect of this whole sordid affair is that Howard Raines, as
well as our Republicans and Democrats, still have a job. As Zappa said,
if there is a hell, it surely waits for them.