Patterico's Pontifications

4/22/2006

Free the Liberal Media!

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 5:35 pm

Ace says we need to free the liberal media to speak their lunatic leftist thoughts.

I completely agree. (Also, we conservatives must be free to make fun of them for it, as Ace would agree.)

Jim Treacher Gets E-Mail from L.A. Times Staffer Regarding Hiltzik

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Humor — Patterico @ 3:29 pm

Jim Treacher recently made up received the following e-mail regarding the Hiltzik affair. Jim says the e-mail came from someone claiming to be “Puce.” But using expert forensic techniques, including a comparison of the e-mail’s viewpoint and writing style to those of known Times employees, I have conclusively established that the e-mail came from a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times:

Hallo DUMERICA! stupid patrico, leaf a loan Mr Hizlik NOTHANG WRONG OF SOCK IF USE AGANST BUSK!!! CLICK

Scary, huh?

Thanks to an LGF commenter.

P.S. FOR THE HUMOR-CHALLENGED: Check the category.

The Point of the Posts About Masha

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 12:44 pm

I have several posts below (here, here, and here) about an apparent L.A. Times journalist named “Masha” (aka “workingjournalist”) who has left comments calling me a fascist and otherwise spewing radical leftist propaganda.

Why did I write those posts? It’s simple.

If you come on my site and leave comments with crazy leftist propaganda, and call me a fascist, and I can figure out you’re from the L.A. Times (but you’re not disclosing that fact), I’m going to tell people.

Because it’s funny.

We already think of you folks as crazy leftist propagandists who think we’re all fascists. It’s entertaining to have confirmation that at least one of you really is.

Otherwise, as long as it’s not Michael Hiltzik, and the commenter isn’t using mutually praising sock-puppet identities, I don’t care who it really is. And neither should you, or the L.A. Times.

Rutten: Hiltzik Critics Can’t Stand the Truth

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 1:25 am

The Hiltzik affair makes an appearance in the pages of the Los Angeles Times today, in Tim Rutten’s “Regarding Media” column. After a discussion of the New York Times‘s publication of classified material, and a denunciation of right-wing bloggers who want to see the reporters prosecuted for it, Rutten says:

In this case, what you have is the latest extension of the right wing’s mantra-like criticism of the American news media. Like the constant hum of traffic, it now seems an unavoidable part of our contemporary life. It’s interesting to recall that it began as a perfectly reasonable — indeed, beneficial — discussion of unexamined bias in newspaper and broadcast journalism and of news outlets’ institutional lethargy when it came to correcting errors. As it turns out, though, addressing those things isn’t what the critics have in mind. They don’t want an unbiased news media, they want a press that reflects their bias.

They’d like a press that is wholly blue or wholly red, one that stops bothering a nation increasingly divided in this very fashion with inconvenient facts and doubts. That was a sentiment that came through with particular clarity this week, when the Los Angeles Times was forced to suspend columnist Michael Hiltzik’s blog after it was revealed that he had posted comments on the Internet and this paper’s own website under false names. An editor’s note regarding the decision was published Friday and the circumstances surrounding Hiltzik’s conduct are being examined.

The incident has provoked a kind of cybernetic thunderstorm, and one of the most revealing claps came from talk show host Hugh Hewitt, who used his popular blog to argue against what The Times had done.

In his view, “The paper should admit that their journalists are just polemicists who carry their opinions with them into battles they care deeply about. They are as biased as the day is long and getting longer. They aren’t objective, and never have been…. Hiltzik may be the most honest guy at the Times.”

Here, as in Bennett’s and Johnson’s attack on the three prize-winning reports, we confront an attempt to win through bluster and intimidation what cannot be gained through politics or persuasion.

It takes the prize.

“They’d like a press that is wholly blue or wholly red, one that stops bothering a nation increasingly divided in this very fashion with inconvenient facts and doubts.”

Maybe we just want an honest press, Mr. Rutten. How about that?

UPDATE: Hugh has more.

Masha Is Also “workingjournalist”? — Plus, Adventures in MySpace

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 1:06 am

Okay, as Dave Barry says, I swear I’m not making this up. I’m just going to tell you the facts and let you make up your mind.

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