Deconstructing, barely: Nothing so bad that it can’t be spun

Everything in postmodern politics is filtered through the lens of the news media. And if the media didn’t see you do it, then it didn’t happen. No one is better at pulling this off than that master of deception and betrayal, Yassir Arafat. But more on that in a moment. Although much has been written about the role of spinmeisters in the media I’m not talking necessarily about spinning here. First of all, not all spinning is bad. While some would equate spinning and lying, I would respectfully point out that it depends on whose ox is being gored. What I’m referring to is a much more insidious and acrid phenomenon called deconstruction. Listen: Deconstruction: A philosophical movement that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth. Deconstructionists assert that, ultimately, words can only refer to other words. The deconstructionist claims there is no meaning to be found in the actual text. True meaning is relative, and can only be reconstructed from ‘virtual texts’ created by the deconstructionist himself. “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” Bill Clinton I’m reminded of this recently after reading about that ship, loaded with a huge cache of deadly long-range weapons, captured by the Israeli military in the Red Sea. Here’s what FOXNews.com had to say about the incident: [The ship’s captain] Akawi, who was captured with his 12 crew members, [stated] that he was an adviser for naval affairs in the Palestinian Authority’s Transport Ministry and has been a member of Arafat’s Fatah movement since 1976. He said the smuggling operation was overseen by a Palestinian Authority official he identified as Adel Awadallah. Akawi said that after Arafat’s renewed call for a truce with Israel on Dec. 16, he expected his handlers to abort the mission. “That’s when I was midway. I expected to receive an order to stop it,” Akawi said. However, the captain said he was told by Awadallah to proceed. Pretty cut and dried, yes? Arafat’s handling of the affair was typically adroit and totally corrupt. CNN.com reported that Arafat, after meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the following: ”I have informed Mr. Solana with our decision to form an internal investigative committee to investigate what the Israelis are claiming regarding the ship issue. … “There is no doubt that if it appears that anyone from the [Palestinian Authority] is involved, and we don’t think so, then we will certainly question and punish them. ”[Emphasis added] Arafat’s timing, as usual, could not have been worse. Up to this time, the latest cease-fire looked like it might be gaining some traction; General Zinni was in town to shmooze all the usual suspects. But the capture of the ship blew that, as we say, right out of the water. To make matters worse, the radical Islamic elements (this time, Hamas) chose this time to kill four IDF soldiers. Now, Arafat is revealed again as the lame, deconstructing liar that he really is.

Deconstructing, barely: Nothing so bad that it can’t be spun

Everything in postmodern politics is filtered through the lens of the news media. And if the media didn’t see you do it, then it didn’t happen. No one is better at pulling this off than that master of deception and betrayal, Yassir Arafat. But more on that in a moment. Although much has been written about the role of spinmeisters in the media I’m not talking necessarily about spinning here. First of all, not all spinning is bad. While some would equate spinning and lying, I would respectfully point out that it depends on whose ox is being gored. What I’m referring to is a much more insidious and acrid phenomenon called deconstruction. Listen: Deconstruction: A philosophical movement that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth. Deconstructionists assert that, ultimately, words can only refer to other words. The deconstructionist claims there is no meaning to be found in the actual text. True meaning is relative, and can only be reconstructed from ‘virtual texts’ created by the deconstructionist himself. “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” Bill Clinton I’m reminded of this recently after reading about that ship, loaded with a huge cache of deadly long-range weapons, captured by the Israeli military in the Red Sea. Here’s what FOXNews.com had to say about the incident: [The ship’s captain] Akawi, who was captured with his 12 crew members, [stated] that he was an adviser for naval affairs in the Palestinian Authority’s Transport Ministry and has been a member of Arafat’s Fatah movement since 1976. He said the smuggling operation was overseen by a Palestinian Authority official he identified as Adel Awadallah. Akawi said that after Arafat’s renewed call for a truce with Israel on Dec. 16, he expected his handlers to abort the mission. “That’s when I was midway. I expected to receive an order to stop it,” Akawi said. However, the captain said he was told by Awadallah to proceed. Pretty cut and dried, yes? Arafat’s handling of the affair was typically adroit and totally corrupt. CNN.com reported that Arafat, after meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the following: ”I have informed Mr. Solana with our decision to form an internal investigative committee to investigate what the Israelis are claiming regarding the ship issue. … “There is no doubt that if it appears that anyone from the [Palestinian Authority] is involved, and we don’t think so, then we will certainly question and punish them. ”[Emphasis added] Arafat’s timing, as usual, could not have been worse. Up to this time, the latest cease-fire looked like it might be gaining some traction; General Zinni was in town to shmooze all the usual suspects. But the capture of the ship blew that, as we say, right out of the water. To make matters worse, the radical Islamic elements (this time, Hamas) chose this time to kill four IDF soldiers. Now, Arafat is revealed again as the lame, deconstructing liar that he really is.

Deconstructing, barely: Nothing so bad that it can’t be spun

Everything in postmodern politics is filtered through the lens of the news media. And if the media didn’t see you do it, then it didn’t happen. No one is better at pulling this off than that master of deception and betrayal, Yassir Arafat. But more on that in a moment. Although much has been written about the role of spinmeisters in the media I’m not talking necessarily about spinning here. First of all, not all spinning is bad. While some would equate spinning and lying, I would respectfully point out that it depends on whose ox is being gored. What I’m referring to is a much more insidious and acrid phenomenon called deconstruction. Listen: Deconstruction: A philosophical movement that questions traditional assumptions about certainty, identity, and truth. Deconstructionists assert that, ultimately, words can only refer to other words. The deconstructionist claims there is no meaning to be found in the actual text. True meaning is relative, and can only be reconstructed from ‘virtual texts’ created by the deconstructionist himself. “It depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” Bill Clinton I’m reminded of this recently after reading about that ship, loaded with a huge cache of deadly long-range weapons, captured by the Israeli military in the Red Sea. Here’s what FOXNews.com had to say about the incident: [The ship’s captain] Akawi, who was captured with his 12 crew members, [stated] that he was an adviser for naval affairs in the Palestinian Authority’s Transport Ministry and has been a member of Arafat’s Fatah movement since 1976. He said the smuggling operation was overseen by a Palestinian Authority official he identified as Adel Awadallah. Akawi said that after Arafat’s renewed call for a truce with Israel on Dec. 16, he expected his handlers to abort the mission. “That’s when I was midway. I expected to receive an order to stop it,” Akawi said. However, the captain said he was told by Awadallah to proceed. Pretty cut and dried, yes? Arafat’s handling of the affair was typically adroit and totally corrupt. CNN.com reported that Arafat, after meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said the following: ”I have informed Mr. Solana with our decision to form an internal investigative committee to investigate what the Israelis are claiming regarding the ship issue. … “There is no doubt that if it appears that anyone from the [Palestinian Authority] is involved, and we don’t think so, then we will certainly question and punish them. ”[Emphasis added] Arafat’s timing, as usual, could not have been worse. Up to this time, the latest cease-fire looked like it might be gaining some traction; General Zinni was in town to shmooze all the usual suspects. But the capture of the ship blew that, as we say, right out of the water. To make matters worse, the radical Islamic elements (this time, Hamas) chose this time to kill four IDF soldiers. Now, Arafat is revealed again as the lame, deconstructing liar that he really is.