28 Oct 2008 11:44 am   //   Filed under: In the news, Media

The worst opinion column of the election so far

Check out this opinion column on ABCNews.com: Media’s Presidential Bias and Decline. Which of the following do you suppose is true?

– Michael Malone has just discovered – gee whiz! – this thing called media bias, somehow having never read any serious critique of political journalism. As such, he’s reduced to borrowing tired ideas from right-wing blogs.

– Michael Malone lives in a place where the only newspaper he can get is The New York Times and the only TV network he can receive is CNN International. He has no access to The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, AM radio, Lou Dobbs, or The Drudge Report.

– Michael Malone (“one of the nation’s best-known technology writers”) doesn’t know the names of any other journalists, or for some reason is afraid to name them.

– Michael Malone is a time-traveler from some film-noir version of the 1950s… When journalists were journalists their whole lives, working for one newspaper their entire career, praying the wouldn’t be dispatched to the dreaded Omaha bureau… When mysterious and all-powerful editors pulled the puppet-strings and never answered to publishers, corporate chains, or budget constraints… When everyone who used cocaine obtained it from a drug dealer… When the expression “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable” wasn’t so clichéd (as it is now) that even the laziest journalism professors consider it trite and shallow.

– The hundreds of people who have posted supportive comments of Malone’s column on ABCNews.com are free of bias.