Last week I posted Bloggers Are a Better Source of News Than “Journalists” – And Better Writers. I never thought I would be compelled to follow up so soon.
Perhaps my most extreme statement was “Even the most “esteemed” among them [the establishment media] are bad, or worse.” Within days, the print media’s most “esteemed” New York Times and Washington Post both provided examples of how terrible they are, for anyone seeking a grasp on reason and reality.
First, on November 20, a NY Times blog commented on Global Warminggate, the case of purloined documentation revealing that key global warming alarmists sought, among other things, to prevent the publication of data inconsistent with their global warming-mongering, and to attack those who disrupted their “consensus” on “global warming”.
So what did the Times reporter have to say?
“The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.”
Wow! So the Times has a new standard – or just a very odd one – for what they publish. Heretofore, any national security secret they could get their claws on, or any rumor about a Republican candidate’s love life (e.g. John McCain) — that gets published, no problem. That this information was “never intended for the public eye”? Their presumed response: “Hey, what do you think, we have integrity or anything?”
My column last week noted the “establishment media’s rank hypocrisy and partisanship”. This is another example of them bringing it out further into the open for all who are willing to see it.
Then came the Washington Post with its malevolence and lunacy. Quite possibly, this most esteemed newspaper’s most eminent foreign policy columnist is Jim Hoagland. In fact, he has occasionally been quite reasonable in recent years. But on November 22 he topped off a column loaded with idiocy and the Abbas-loving and Netanyahu- and Israel-hating bias so typical of the establishment media and the Washington Post in particular. He said,
“Only an Israeli decision to end that occupation in fast order can lead to the security Israelis need and deserve”…
It never ceases to amaze me that anyone can actually be that obtuse and continue to collect a paycheck for writing. Disregarding all the stupidity in and behind that statement, the one fact that that formula was tried in Gaza with disastrous results that continue to this day should be enough to embarrass anyone from even broaching it in public. But for the Jim Hoagland, the “finest” foreign policy columnist (aside from two excellent outlier conservative columnists) at the country’s runner-up top newspaper, it’s just par for the course.