Friday, July 1, 2011

Today's Chuckle: The editorial

This faceplants into the so-bad-it's-funny category. Starting with a wannabe-hip headline ripped from the cultural memes of 1979, the unnamed Courier editor plunges wildly through a paranoid landscape, unable to tell mountain from molehill, and pretty sure the moles are out to get him. It's kinda Alien vs Caddyshack, with the editor standing in for Bill Murray.

Because organized hackers broke into the Email accounts of DPS officers, says the editor, "assume that nothing in cyberspace is safe." Presumably the editor also keeps a weather eye out for meteors as he sprints into the building from his truck.

Yet on the same day this hawkeyed newsman fills his Friday column (below) with a viral Email containing the most insidious sort of infection there is: facile hate for the weak.

Better idea: Assume that nothing on the Courier op-ed page is safe. And keep laughing. We're all in it for the lulz.

1 comment:

birhter t. bagur said...

This reminds me of something that happened in my hometown paper, which (much like the Courier) is now part of one of these agglomerations of numerous small newspapers that are controlled by an out of town/state right-wing group/family.
Anyways the editor of that paper wrote this screed about how you shouldn't believe everything you hear on the internet, blah, blah, blah. Now I had been in a longish running discussion with the paper (and the previous editor) about their failure to fact-check some really glaring lies in their letters to the editor page (stuff like the Courier prints, e.g. claiming the stimulus built an $8 billion train from Vegas to Disneyland).
The very same day as the editor was admonishing readers for getting suckered by the internet, They ran a "letter" that was one of those lying chain e-mails verbatim--the letter "quoted" an economist saying something really glaringly stupid. I went to the economist's webpage and the splash screen was a statement in giant letters that he had not made the stupid statement attributed to him.
I got in a good argument with that editor, where he basically said it is not the job of his newspaper to make sure the information they print is factual.
As such, this boils down the Courier company line about perfectly, and it is why a Courier-watch like yours is needed.