Back here, recent arrival and crabby wanker "goombah" takes your humble scribe (uh, that would be me) to task for my overwhelming hypocrisy:
Let's see: you don't comment on stories like "Al Gore's house", while they don't comment on, well, whatever your whine-of-the-day about the Blogging Tories happens to be. Seems like a wash.
You really don't get the pot-kettle metaphor, do you? And you should change the batteries in your irony detector.
Conveniently (for me, at least), goombah's whining can be disemboweled on at least three different levels, so let's not waste any time, shall we?
First, goombah seems to be suggesting that the newsworthiness of any issue is a purely subjective thing and a matter of personal opinion. This is, as I hope you can see immediately, hogwash.
Consider, if you will, the latest foofaraw over the death of well-known celebrity and skank Anna Nicole Smith. My word, but you couldn't turn around without reading about that, could you? Apparently, the mainstream media thought that this was a major story.
But let's say that Smith happened to kick off on the same day that a bunch of swarthy, foreign evildoers flew a couple planes into a couple of tall buildings in New York. Which of those two stories do you think would be the lead on most newscasts? Take your time, I'm sure the correct answer will come to you.
Why, yes, I'm guessing that the first thing we'd hear about would be the terrorist attacks. I'm fairly sure you wouldn't find any news reports opening with, "In today's news, 3,000 dead in New York. But first, Anna Nicole Smith ..." No, I don't think that would happen, the point being that, yes indeedy, whatever your personal preferences for information, it's safe to say that current events have at least some objective level of newsworthiness. Which is why, when you have a major breaking story like the number of wounded and disabled American troops living in squalor, you can certainly take someone to task for ignoring that entirely to shriek on and on about how David Suzuki's tour bus runs on diesel.
Are you with me, goombah? Can you follow that simple logic? Take your time, and while you're trying to come to grips with that, I'll be working on part two.