Lots of people, including Hit and Run's Nick Gillespie (who stole my Peabody (and Sherman) Award joke before I even got to use it), snickered at Dan Rather's speech on winning that award last week. Rather ludicrously ended with, "Never give up, never back up, never give in while pursuing the dream of integrity filled journalism that matters."
No one pointed out, though, that given Rather's problems, this peroration was as loony as the one given by another cartoon character--famed space alien Kang (or was it Kodos?), who when he assumed Bill Clinton's form on "The Simpsons" ended a speech with: "We must move forward, not backwards, not to the side, not forwards, but always whirling, whirling, whirling towards freedom!"
Sheesh, even the cadences are similar. Scary.