January 24, 2006

Mecha-Streisand Gets Results?

Joel Stein has a "why I don't support the troops" bit in the LA Times that is getting batted around the blogsphere. As Ace points out, although the column is filled with the most horrid venom, at least the guy is honest about it.

But what struck me was this: Isn't this the same LA Times editorial page that, by dumping Robert Scheer and adding Jonah Goldberg, got Babwa Streisand in such a snit a couple months back that she huffily cancelled her subscription? Let's go to the videotape:

In light of the obvious step away from the principals of journalistic integrity, which would dictate that journalists be journalists, editors be editors and accountants be accountants, I am now forced to carefully reconsider which sources can be trusted to provide me with accurate, unbiased news and forthright opinions. Your new columnist, Jonah Goldberg, will not be one of those sources.

Robert Scheer's column, with its often singular voice of dissent and groundbreaking expositional content, has been among the most notable features that have sustained my interest in subscribing to the LA Times for many years now. Apparently, previous leadership at the LA Times had no trouble recognizing Mr. Scheer's journalistic prowess in that they nominated him for the Pulitzer Prize.

My greatest fear is that the underlying reason for Mr. Scheer's termination is part of a larger trend toward the corporatization of our media, a trend that we, as American citizens, must fervently battle for the sake of our swiftly diminishing free press.

Behold the power of Babs! Far from being assimilated into the Vast Right Wing Corporate Conspiracy, it looks as if the Times has heeded Funny Girl's advice and is still sending in the clowns.


Posted by Robert at January 24, 2006 01:19 PM | TrackBack

Robert Scheer has used his "singular voice of dissent" to support Hanoi in the Sixties and Seventies, Castro in the Seventies and Eighties, and North Korea in the Eighties and Nineties. Using that yardstick, Stein may be a repellent little weasel, but he's practically right-wing. Of course, he's also a forthrightly repellent little weasel, so he's got that going for him.

In fairness to Babs, she actually used "singular" correctly in that excerpt. Although I'm not sure she realized it.

Posted by: utron at January 24, 2006 01:45 PM

She puts all red blooded Babs' to shame!

Posted by: Babs at January 25, 2006 10:29 AM