Thursday, September 29, 2005

Sometimes, there's no real need to be even-handed.


Following a reference from a friend, I found this blog and this recent posting, which demonstrates the absurd lengths one can go to in order to fake being fair and balanced. Note the utterly bogus comparison in the following snippet:

Tom DeLay's indictment, and the response it is [sic] evoked, has unfolded in a manner that is entirely predictable. Republicans have reviled the prosecutor as a Democrat partisan with an obsession of bringing the House Majority Leader down. Democrats have spun the indictment as the work of a thoughtful and meticulous prosecutor who has complied unassailable evidence of DeLay's guilt. Both may be true.

Both may be true? Gee, maybe it's just me but all the facts seem to be on the Dems' side, with prosecutor Ronnie Earle having a long reputation for fairness and meticulous preparation, while the Republicans are simply whining about finally getting tripped up in their own corruption.

And yet, how are these two perspectives described above? Republicans have "reviled" the prosecutor, while Democrats have "spun" the indictment. This is what you call fair and balanced blogging, Fox News style. Quick -- get that man a contract.

AFTERSNARK: Sadly, the same blogger makes a total ass of himself taking a cheap shot at a by-far intellectual superior:

If Paul Krugman wasn't proof enough that most journalists don't know the first thing about economics, ...

It's always fun to see obvious morons take shots at New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, but it's rare to see someone describe Krugman so hilariously incorrectly. For the similarly airheaded, Krugman is not a journalist who writes about economics. Rather, he's an economist who happens to write, which is kind of obvious if one reads, oh, his biography at the New York Times:

Paul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as a columnist on the Op-Ed Page and continues as professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Mr. Krugman received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1977. He has taught at Yale, MIT and Stanford. At MIT he became the Ford International Professor of Economics.

Mr. Krugman is the author or editor of 20 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance; he is one of the founders of the "new trade theory," a major rethinking of the theory of international trade. In recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal, a prize given every two years to "that economist under forty who is adjudged to have made a significant contribution to economic knowledge." Mr. Krugman's current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises.

Oops. I wonder if it hurts to be that dense.

1 comment:

GT said...

It doesn't hurt to be this dense, and thanks for catching the typo.

GT