Wolcott on the MSM’s circus of “Circle jerks”

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James Wolcott, as he is apt to do, just annihilated my post-in-progress with this vapid and hilarious assessment of the msm v. blog credibility dichotomy in light of so-called “top-tier” journalists recent escapades in patheticism.

No blogger has comported him or herself with the lazy arrogance and sloppy ethics of some of the Big Names in journalism (Bob Woodward, Judith Miller, Bob Novak), nor has done as much damage to the public’s right to know and their own profession.

Go ahead, read the rest of his “Circle Jerks” post.

[Vanity Fair has just released writer Seth Mnookin’s feature expose on Judith Miller. E&P has the lowdown here. James Wolcott is a contributing editor to VF]

Frank Rich: Pentagon Propaganda is “Pure Ali G”

Early reviews are mixed on the charge-for-content concept — personally, I think I’m in good as my Sundays-only New York Times print subscription includes full access to TimesSelect.

Today I had one of those couple-times-a-year multimedia zen moments and it involved listening to Mark Moran read Frank Rich’s Sunday NYT column It Takes a Potemkin Village while trying to read theh broadsheet in my hands.

Stricken by the sharp humor after one and a half paragraphs… i had to just sit back and listen — i was laughing too hard to even read.

Its a challenge to find the podcast page even if you DO have TimesSelect access, so I’ve decided to take the liberty and host this .mp3 right here for all to enjoy.

Click the icon to get to the TS podcasts page.

Click here to listen to (or download) the .mp3 (podcast) of the aforementioned op-ed column, especially if you find yourself convulsing too hard with laughter to enable a proper read.

For a great contextual run-down of the term “Potemkin village,” including its historical meaning; see Ed Strong’s blog.

Victory for Bush!

2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush (Reggie, that is)!

Congrats to Reggie Bush, winner of the 2005 Heisman Trophy.

Collecting over 90% of the total points in the voting, over the formidable Vince Young, The President secured the largest margin of victory in Heisman history.
reggie bush - LATimes
Bush averaged 8.9 yards per carry this year, prompting bewildered 1976 Heisman winner Tony Dorsett to proclaim:

That’s crazy. That’s ludicrous. It is just unheard of. Reggie’s a game-breaker, a big-game player. That’s all you need to say.

Here’s to #5 and to another monumental rout… Jan. 4 @ the Rose Bowl v. Texas.

For Bonus Coverage: Boi From Troy compares Bush #43 and Bush #5 in tabular form.

R.I.P. Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor
One of the greatest comedians of all time passed away today at the age of 65.

Richard Pryor will be missed, but lives on in the ethos of comedy and can be remembered by the millions of comics who in some way, shape, or form, emulate his legendary style and attitude.

Liberal Avenger
has tracked down a couple .mp3’s two a couple of my fave Pryor bits, the links to which are below.

“Hillbillies” (.mp3).

“Cocaine” (.mp3).
Visit “A Tribute to my Daddy,” at his daughter Rain Pryor’s website.