“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

the hoax hoax

Mm, yeah, this undramatic "revelation" doesn't exactly make the whole thing a "hoax."

In the first place, the fact that "authorities have known about this particular tribe since 1910" hasn't exactly been a secret.

More significantly, the tribe is real and are left alone because of a Prime Directive-like ethic.

This is the "smoking gun":

The photographer and the agency that released the pictures wanted to make it seem like they were members of a lost tribe in order to call attention to the dangers the logging industry may have on the group.

Get real: this would only be a scandal if the pledges of Kappa Sig had put on blackface and filmed themselves in the rain forest exhibit at the Omaha Zoo. As it stands, the photographer and the agency are only guilty of overdramatizing the situation. It's just as overdramatic to now call it a "hoax".

The exact truth should come out, but if the mainstream media are engaging a twilight struggle to increase their credibility by being self-critical, it won't help to exaggerate their own sins. On this one, they only need to flagellate with a flyswatter.