UPDATE: The first commenter said, "Dude, that was harsh." Harsh, my ass. Ed Driscoll has video of the idiotic and unprofessional spaz act this loser pulled at the Chicago Tea Party, which needs to be shown to every TV news wannabe in college who takes Intro to Broadcasting.
Lesson One: How to F*** Up Your Career.
Let me explain something about "media bias." I have an opinion about that no-talent bitch, Susan Roesgen, but if I were assigned to write a news story about Her Evilness, that story would be straight-out Joe Friday: "Just the facts, ma'am."
The opinions I spew here on my own time are one thing. When I'm paid to report news, that's something else entirely. The stronger my opinion, the greater my professional obligation to report like Joe Friday.
But that's the printed word, OK? National TV news is different. And when it's live TV news . . . Look, here's the transcript:
SUSAN ROESGEN: (Reading some of the signs held by protesters) Uh, let's see... 'Drop the taxes,' 'Drop socialism.' OK. Let's see. You're here with your two-year-old and you're already in debt. Why are you here today, sir?That's not reporting, you dumb bitch. What do you think this is, The McLaughlin Group? Who died and made you Eleanor Freaking Clift? You're just a third-string talent in the Chicago bureau. When you are sent to do a live news report about a protest, it's not your job to get into arguments with the protesters.
MAN: Because I hear a president say that he believed in what Lincoln stood for. Lincoln's primary thing was he believed that people had the right to liberty, and had the right...
ROESGEN: Sir, what does this have to do with taxes? What does this have to do with your taxes? Do you realize that you're eligible for a $400 credit...?
MAN: Let me finish my point. Lincoln, Lincoln believed that people had the right to share in the fruits of their own labor and that government should not take it. And we have clearly gotten to that point.
ROESGEN: Wait, wait... Did you know that the state of Lincoln gets $50 billion out of the stimulus? That's $50 billion for this state, sir.
I've covered all kinds of crackpot protests over the years, including one absurd protest for The Worst Cause In The World, animal rights. (When I get a petition from the Orangutang Caucus or a press release signed by a spotted owl, I'll be willing to consider the possibility that these creatures have "rights." Until then, STFU, you idiots.)
Get the story. I have wandered among the Marxists, the spokesmen for Hamas front groups, Code Pinkos, Maoists, NARAL, union goons -- you name any disgusting constituency of the Left, I've covered them. And it never once occurred to me that I should argue with them.
Give 'em enough rope, see? They don't know me from Adam's housecat. If I bother to introduce myself as a reporter, I'm just asking simple questions and taking notes. Let 'em talk and, the nuttier they are, the more you're nodding along:
"Mmmm. Yes, I see. And when did you discover this scientific fact about fire not melting steel?" . . . Right. Wow. I didn't know that. I guess the administration doesn't want people to know, huh?"Just the facts, ma'am. Joe Friday. And the neutral, objective fact is that I wouldn't hire that wretched idiot Susan Roesgen to clean the toilet in my newsroom.