The Other McCain

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Spot the Error

Posted on | September 17, 2012 | 12 Comments

Something here offends me:

The weird ecstasy of the media-political complex at the convention in Charlotte … was the first sign that its attachment to President Obama, always fawning, had become morbid.
In spite of the anemic economy and a real unemployment rate above 11 percent, the high priests of pontificating liberalism were giddy with euphoria. The Democrats “put on a nearly flawless convention,” Paul Begala opined, and it was soon all but incontrovertibly established that, come November, the president — beautiful, magical, and lovable as he was — would vanquish his boring opponent.
The media savants sympathized with the delirium of Charlotte because they worship at the same altar and feed at the same trough. . . .
The closeness of mainstream journalists to President Obama has debauched their integrity.

Paul Begala is one of those guys, like George Stephanopoulos and Chris Matthews, who turned a career as a Democrat Party operative into a career as a TV personality. He is not and never has been a reporter, but only a commentator, and a highly partisan commentator at that.

The fact that Begala appears on a TV network no more makes him a journalist than starring in war movies makes Tom Hanks a military hero.

Al Sharpton? Not a journalist. Karl Rove? Not a journalist.

Please stop confusing the two phenomena. Thank you.

 

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Right on, brother, right on.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    There are pundits.
    There are journalists.
    There are reporters.
    All different species.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady
  • http://www.leftbankofthecharles.com/ Charles

    Can you even call Paul Begalia a commentator? I’d say he’s still just a political operator.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    Alternative Title: SPOT THE LOONEY…

  • http://twitter.com/alpipkin Al Pipkin

    “There are reporters.” ??? Really? I thought they had become extinct, along with the Cape Verde Giant Skink.

  • AnonymousDrivel

    Excellent reminder, RSM. Pin your post to the top of the blog as a daily note for rational people.

  • Wombat_socho

    There’s still some hiding out in the business and sports sections. Don’t tell anyone.

  • rjacobse

    Journalism within the lickspittle media is dead.
    People like RSM are the only ones still practicing real journalism.

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  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    And there’s Robert Stacy McCain!