Department of About Damn Time

The messenger shoots back:

Cal Thomas, you’ve made me mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.

I’m tired of hearing radical columnists like you besmirch the good men and women who struggle daily to put out the very best newspaper they can.

Once again you’ve trotted out that stale cliche that newspapers like mine are undermined by what you claim is a liberal bias.

I know I can’t change your mind. But I’ll be doggone if I’m going to let your slander of my colleagues go unchallenged anymore.

Good on John Winn Miller. I don’t agree with everything he says in this column, but it’s nice to see some counterfire for once. One of the enduring mysteries of our time is why reporters and editors, most of whom work their asses off for pay that wouldn’t feed Brian Williams’ pets at news outlets so small you need a searchlight and a posse to find them, put up with being tarred by Michelle Malkin’s thick, sticky brush. I get why news executives take the advice of whiny conservatives like Cal Thomas, Charles Krauthammer and their ilk. The CEOs are so terrified of any dip in their stock prices that they’ll listen to anybody tell them anything about how to get more readers and implement those suggestions without thought or hesitation.

But reporters? Who have to go out every day and hear crass jokes about “the media” from people who can’t differentiate the Olympian from Hard Copy? And editors? Who send those reporters out and take responsibility for their successes and failures? Why should they put up with Glen Reynolds’s shit? What’s the old line about never picking a fight with a guy who buys ink by the barrel?

It’s about time the people who did the job started smacking back at the people who just want to whine about how it’s done.