A seriously good counter-balance to the recent lionizing of William F. Buckley today posted over on Truthdig by Gore Vidal. Vidal calls him out, as the closet case hater that WFB was.
…a most hysterical queen (WFB), much admired by a media that takes everyone at his own evaluation of himself as they did with Capote
Buckley was a world-class American liar on the far right who would tell any lie he thought he could get away with. Years of ass-kissing famous people in the press and elsewhere had given him, he felt, a sort of license to libelously slander those hated liberals who, from time to time, smoked him out as I did in Chicago, when I defended the young people in Grant Park by denying that they were Nazis and that the only “pro- or crypto-Nazi” I could think of was himself.
Read the full article, Gore’s main subject of attack “…is a corrupt press whose roots are in mendacious news (sic) magazines like Time and Newsweek, aided by tabloids that manufacture fictional stories about actual people. This mingling of opinion and fiction has undone a media never devoted to truth. Hence, the ease with which the Republican smear-machine goes into action when they realize that yet again the party’s permanent unpopularity with the American people will cause them defeat unless they smear individually those who question the junk that the media has put into so many heads.”
Worth the “Time” so to speak.