Roger L. Simon threw his inhibitions overboard and live blogged the Iraqi election via the television coverage on Fox News and CNN last night. I think Roger is somewhat further along in his anger management therapy than I am, but his live blogging is equally adept in its media commentary and celebration of the event. Here’s a sample (the times from last night are Pacific):
I am watching Fox News where Geraldo has been up since before dawn in Baghdad covering the election. Rivera gets a lot of bad press, but the man has guts and he has a heart. In the old days he was considered a liberal… and he still is in my book. It’s his critics who have gone the other way. I’m glad to have him as my guide to Iraq this morning (night here in LA) because I know that democracy is more important to him than party poltics, as it should be for all of us. I’m exceited. More to come.
CNN has Amanpour, a woman who makes my stomach turn…
8:07 – Some asshole on CNN has just announced that this is the “nightmare scenario” because some polling place in Baquba isn’t open yet. This character… don’t know his name… seemed almost smug that something was going wrong.
8:11 – Great day for the Kurds. They deserve it!
8:13 – It’s amazing that CNN still uses Brent Sadler for its coverage. Doesn’t he miss his buddy Saddam?
8:15 – Fox is not as good as CNN at location coverage. Murdoch doesn’t seem to care. Too bad. This leaves a real hole in American television journalism. Maybe the blogosphere will fill it some day.
8:22 – Everyone is saying this vote is far from perfect, but what is a perfect vote anyway? I have no idea…
8:45 – It’s weird watching an election when you really have no horse in the race (no candidate). You’re only hoping a lot of people will vote and that they will be safe.
8:50 – Looks like a real line to vote in Sadr City. (Not as long as the one I saw today in front of NBC in Burbank waiting to be on some reality show, but long enough.)
8:55 – The idea that anyone is still interested in Jesse Jackson’s opinion about anything amazes me.
9:00 – Frankly, I miss Geraldo. He is still the best guide for this event.
9:01 – Yes! Geraldo back from a jammed polling place. He’s inspired. It’s the Berlin Wall and the Civil Rights era… I want to believe you Geraldo. I want to believe! Now he’s calling it Rocky.
Roger peaked again just before he signed off last night:
9:40 – Mubarak is getting dissed on Fox. He deserves it. Iraq gets democracy. Why not Egypt? Time to eliminate hypocrisy from foreign policy. We’re on the way.
9:43 – There is an appalling Baghdad correspondernt on CNN who seems almost desperate for things to go wrong, but they’re not. He keeps going on and on about the danger.
9:54 – Of course, this is also a great day for Paul Wolfowitz. It vindicates him.
9:55 – Susan Estrich is a tone deaf reactionary. What kind of bullshit is she talking right now about we didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy. Speak for yourself Susan. IF you expect people like me to ever go back to the Democratic Party, wise up. You sound stupid and out of it.