Howard Fineman is The Huffington Post’s Editorial Director and an “analyst” over at MSNBC. He’s also the author of one of the most cringe-worthy tweets you will ever see that touches on both politics and culture.
Yes, according to Mr. Feineman, the “cultural creativity of the U.S. in the Obama Era” is just as powerful as Vladimir Putin. Perhaps if more insanely rich liberals would get together at big parties and take “selfies” of themselves Putin would pull his forces back into Russia, huddle his generals and say, “Kevin Spacey…Brad Pitt…Julia Roberts…together in one place — it was too much for Mother Russia to bear, comrades! ’12 Years a Slave’ won Best Picture. The diversity, the tolerance, it’s a Hind attack helicopter’s Achilles heel. We must regroup.”
On Friday I mentioned CNN’s Chief International Correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, and her inability to even conceive of the idea that Vladimir Putin would invade Ukraine. I said that she was part of a culture that foolishly laughed at President Obama’s jokes about Mr. Romney’s foreign policy chops — because Romney knew what he was talking about.
On Sunday I mentioned that this same media culture was one that bought into the administration’s dangerous use of euphemisms (e.g., “uncontested arrival”). I said they covered for guys like Joe Biden, who have been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” (according to former Defense Secretary Bob Gates), while criticizing someone like Sarah Palin — who called a Ukraine invasion in 2008. Then, Sunday night, Mr. Fineman goes and writes something that sums up the culture he belongs to perfectly. Thank you, God.
Yes, culture does matter, but Hollywood culture is not the “soft power” that wins wars. Hollywood and “Obama Era” culture is about narcissistic know-it-alls (who know little to nothing outside their craft) gathering together in big rooms and patting themselves on the back for how awesome they are. It’s about Mr. Obama winning the Nobel Peace prize after months in office…and then coming out with his ‘Terror Tuesday Kill List’ soon afterward. It’s about MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow winning the Walter Cronkite Award after three days on the job. It’s about friends who give themselves Lucite blocks and golden statues and then acting as if world peace would be achieved if more people just bought tickets to see Cate Blanchett in Woody “It would be good…if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years” Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’
It’s hard not to read Mr. Fineman’s words and think of Adam Sandler’s ‘Billy Madison’: “I award you no points..and may God have mercy on your soul.”