And these people get paid big bucks for this stuff…
On November 11, 2008 there was an incident at a polling place in Philadelphia where some members of the New Black Panther Party were walking around brandishing nightsticks in front of voters. The DoJ investigated, pressed charges and got a default judgment of guilty and was poised to make sentencing recommendations. Then Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General, dismissed the charges. Despite the guilty judgment. There was some publicity at the time but it was ignored by the “MSM” and the story went dormant. Then a few weeks ago one of the attorneys who had been involved in the case for the DoJ Civil Rights Division quit his job and went public as a whistleblower (or “disaffected employee” if you work at DoJ). It’s been very high profile, at least here in the RealMedia™, since then.
OK, so much for history. We have an event over the last few days that really highlight the incredible incompetence of the “MSM”. Remember, these are the people who make fun of people like me because they have journalism degrees, they have editors, they work in fancy office buildings and I type in my jammies (today swim trunks).
Highlight, The Washington Post. Please note that they employ a full time, highly paid (I’m guessing) guy they call The Ombudsman. His job is to take the beatings when somebody else in the paper gets caught screwing up and then try to come up with a plausible reason a bunch of highly educated, highly paid guys can’t figure stuff out that ignorant, jammie wearing fools get in a couple of minutes. (See Dan Rather for the absolutely classic on this account.) From July 4, 1776 (or whenever the WaPo started publishing) through last Thursday the number of words printed about the NBPP flap would be exactlly three less than TheBoyPresident™’s IQ. Zero words. (You do the math on the other thing. Leave a comment if you need a calculator. Differential equations will not be required for the solution.) Now you do note that the WaPo made “passing reference” to the story in three other stories but you don’t provide a link or the content so I’m assuming that there is no “there” there. They popped an article. Criticism and questions followed. Then cometh The Ombudsman. Editor’s note: if you have a weak stomach, stop here.
Thursday’s Post reported about a growing controversy over the Justice Department’s decision to scale down a voter-intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. The story succinctly summarized the issues but left many readers with a question: What took you so long?
For months, readers have contacted the ombudsman wondering why The Post hasn’t been covering the case. The calls increased recently after competitors such as the New York Times and the Associated Press wrote stories. Fox News and right-wing bloggers have been pumping the story. Liberal bloggers have countered, accusing them of trying to manufacture a scandal.
But The Post has been virtually silent.
Well Andrew, that’s not exactly true. As a matter of fact (“fact” Andrew. Look it up.) The Post wasn’t “virtually” silent, you were mute (I went ahead and looked that one up for you too, Andrew. Here.). And wow, you’ve known that there was interest in the story for “months”. I guess you’d be “deaf” too (and since I’m on a roll, it’s here.). I would note here that there are a whole passel of adjectives I could have used, but that would seem like I’m rubbing it in and Heaven forbid “I” would do that. Anyway, the story just gets better. But before we forge ahead, lets remember that the NYT had apparently printed some stuff about this and they’ve been laying off employees for a couple of years because, even though Pinch and his affirmative action underling have been raking in multi-million dollar bonuses, they’re losing their shirts. Geez, even AP wrote about it. Maybe you could have picked up the AP story for chump change and printed that on page B-46. But I digress.
National Editor Kevin Merida, who termed the controversy “significant,” said he wished The Post had written about it sooner. The delay was a result of limited staffing and a heavy volume of other news on the Justice Department beat, he said.
Better late than never. There’s plenty left to explore.
I am unable to adequately express my shock at the stupidity of this comment. This story is almost two years old. And you want us to buy this day old dog turd excuse that you have: A-Limited staffing; and B-A heavy volume of other news on the Justice Department beat. I’m not going to go back eighteen months to expose just what a smelly piece of dung that statement is because I, unlike you guys, have to work for a living. If I could get paid for doing this, I could quite literally beat you to death with that statement. The only reason I can come up with to not insist that Mr. Merida be thrown off the highest point of the WaPo building at rush hour is the statement you offered just above his. And frankly, when comparing what you wrote to Kevin’s dog turd offering, he should be given a Nobel for “Being Somewhat Relatively Better” than you. Your offering?
The Post should never base coverage decisions on ideology, nor should it feel obligated to order stories simply because of blogosphere chatter from the right or the left.
Andy, that’s just insulting to every reader who has an IQ even slightly higher than a dead cat. And it’s also insulting that you get paid for this crap.