Sunday, March 26, 2006

Putz personified. 
I have to admit I missed the whole Richard Belzer brouhaha.

"You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20 year-old kids who couldn't get a job."

Yep. What an ignorant, arrogant and condescending punk. Obviously he doesn't know military people.

But he comes from the same city most of our national media base out of, the city with seven of the ten lowest per-capita enlistment rates in the country. That's how he holds the views he holds. You don't see ANYONE talking like this in Birmingham, Oklahoma, or Knoxville, outside maybe a few cloistured campus radicals. It's only in NYC and along the West Coast does this kind of ignorance gain any traction, so that people like Weisberg, whom you would THINK was educated, can regurgitate this stuff and not get challenged on it and begin to think they were onto something or had an insight.

How can you put so much of our media in New York City and not expect demographics to skew coverage this way?

Splash, out


Oh, I don't know, you can find such idiots in Chicago, too, but not, fortunately, in such large numbers as on the coasts.

Chicago is on a coast. :-)
I wish someone could have challenged him more on it at the time. 'Which 20 papers, Richard?' 'How do they get their information?' 'Do hotel huggers hiring stringers of 2nd, 3rd, etc party information make reliable/informed reports?'
What gets me is it appears he is clueless about the sources of those articles in the 20 newspapers he reads everyday. I have a feeling he's reading the same AP/UPI/Reuters stuff these papers pull off the wire everyday.

But what do I know...I'm one of those ignorant soldiers in Afghanistan.
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