Posts from May 11, 2003

I am a reporter

I am a reporter
: I am a reporter; I have been a reporter for more than 30 years; I love reporting.

And I hate reporters who lie.

I hate them for robbing reporting of its one and only asset: credibility.

I hate Stephen Glass, who appeared on 60 Minutes tonight, all smug and obnoxious, to tell how he lied.

I hate Jayson Blair, who lied and lied and lied in the New York Times.

I don’t buy the Kaus argument that Times management is at fault for for promoting Blair because of his race.

That is racist. That is racist bullshit. And it is Times-phobic bullshit.

Black, white, yellow, red, or f’ing purple, a liar is a liar. Anybody over the age of 5 from a halfway decent home without dependence on drugs for psychoses knows what a lie is.

And these people are liars. The responsibility is theirs.

I was down in my basement today, by chance, repacking boxes and boxes of my clips from my days as a reporter, back when I did useful things. I remember obsessing over my quotes and facts, making sure I got them right, because it mattered.

These liars ruin things for every other reporter and every reader.

They are to media what the scumbuckets who ruined Enron and Worldcom and Anderson are to business.

They are liars.

Mona Lisa, made to order

Mona Lisa, made to order
: Give her your mood. [via Media Digest]

What goes around?

What goes around?
: The Taliban says it’s getting funding from Russia.

Banned in Iran

Banned in Iran
: Steppenwolf, a blogger in Tehran, is keeping a list of weblogs banned by the authorities in Iran. Read the post about this and the one below. He is an angry man. Here’s some of what he says:

I am tired of all the bullshit I spent the last 20 YEARS with.

I am tired of this regime.

I am tired of the stupid mullahs who belong to thousands of years ago.

I am tired of Ali Khamenei the one handed and his regime.

I am tired of all these bearded bastards.

I am tired of this country I live in.

I can’t stand it anymore. It’s over.

What else is going to happen?

You wake up and find all your favorite web pages banned.

What else is remaining for me?

You directed all my social activities into my home.

That was all that is remaining for me.

2 rooms, a TV set and a PC.

I was just READING it! Can you understand that?

I was just READING!

I’m talking to YOU! Yes you!

You stupid religious old man!

You mullah! You dumb fanatic!

: And here, my friends, are the authors banned and burned in Nazi Germany. You can’t burn a pixel, but you can ban it and jail its creator. The tyranny is exactly the same.