They are, of course, in the finest Monty Python tradition, "Very naughty boys!" - and girls, for all I know. Whatever, they hover like hawks over the detritus that is the current MSM, swooping regularly for tidbits of rotting flesh which they then display for the rest of us to enjoy. For example . . .
Over the weekend, when most people have got better things to do than worry about the news, that bastion of pompous, crooked liberality, The New York Times, announced its very own mea culpa. Its official ombudsman announced that the paper had been guilty of failing to follow up on the Van Jones story and the 'Acorn' scandal, both of which were mainline stories run every night on TV for about three weeks by Glenn Beck on Fox News and followed up by the Wall Street Journal. The spokesman wrote:
When the Senate voted to cut off all federal funds to Acorn, there was not a word in the newspaper or on its Web site. When the New York City Council froze all its funding for Acorn and the Brooklyn district attorney opened a criminal investigation, there was still nothing.
And he warned:
a newspaper like The Times needs to be alert to them [stories emanating from the hated Fox News and Talk Radio] or wind up looking clueless or, worse, partisan itself.
Partisan? Heavens to Betsy - perish the thought! And we have it from the horse's arse mouth:
Despite what the critics think, [Jill] Abramson, [managing editor for news], said the problem was not liberal bias.
So that's alright, then.
Not that 'IHTM' do not a welcome a sinner who truly repenteth. In another story which should make Obama acolytes tremble, they report on an article in that equally staunch liberal mag, Newsweek, written by some cove called Howard Fineman who, with the piercing myopia of the mythical monkey with its hands over its eyes, finally peers through his fingers and discovers that Obama is an empty suit.
The president’s problem isn’t that he is too visible; it’s the lack of content in what he says when he keeps showing up on the tube. Obama can seem a mite too impressed with his own aura, as if his presence on the stage is the Answer. There is, at times, a self-referential (even self-reverential) tone in his big speeches. They are heavily salted with the words “I” and “my.” (He used the former 11 times in the first few paragraphs of his address to the U.N. last week.) Obama is a historic figure, but that is the beginning, not the end, of the story.
It's what I said before, folks, Palin for President in 2012!