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Joe Scarborough Attacks Bloggers

Posted By Bill Baer On July 25, 2008 @ 11:50 am In Media | 5 Comments

We have Marcus Hayes, Bill Conlin, Bob Costas, and Buzz Bissinger on a long list of mainstream media personalities attacking bloggers. Now we can add MSNBC talking head Joe Scarborough.

Crooks and Liars:

Joe Scarborough denies he was talking about his colleague Keith Olbermann when he referred to a pundit who “ignorantly” reported on McCain’s Anbar gaffe […]

“I was talking about someone on another network. […] But again, you know the problem is when you’re in the basement and you’re blogging and you’re eating Cheetos, sometimes the Cheetos dust goes up, ya know, and you get two choices: You can either keep typing, or you can stop for a second and wipe the Cheetos off your chest, clear out your ears and take a closer listen. But they don’t do that. And therein lies the problem with the ‘Cheetos Brigade.’”

Why can’t the mainstream media at least be creative when they talk about blogger stereotypes? They always characterize bloggers as ugly, fat, lazy, unprofessional losers with poor hygiene who sit in front of their computer in their underpants. While I may be ugly and lazy, I’m not fat and unprofessional, I have never blogged in my underpants, and I have adequate hygiene habits!

Have you ever noticed that bloggers haven’t stereotyped the MSM in the same way? We could easily say that the MSM are makeup-wearing paper-chasers in empty suits and power ties, but we wouldn’t want to stoop down to their level, now would we? Of course not.

What Joe doesn’t get is that mistakes aren’t unique to bloggers; the MSM makes mistakes all the time. Bill O’Reilly got the facts wrong about the Malmedy massacre. The entire FOX News Channel is a giant mistake, in fact. ESPN personalities routinely spout falsehoods.

While the MSM berates bloggers for posting pictures of Matt Leinart in a hot tub with four attractive women, ESPN is practically stalking Brett Favre in the wake of his un-retirement: They talk about what he’s writing in text messages and who he’s been calling with his cell phone. Maybe Media Matters would be up for logging all of the pointless Brett Favre gossip that’s been shown on ESPN in the last month, the way they have logged the poor journalism displayed by other TV channels.

As much as the MSM fights bloggers, the only thing they end up revealing is their own hypocrisy. There is not one criticism that can be made of bloggers that cannot also be made of the MSM. It’s depressing that this still needs to be pointed out.


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