Pat Sajak, media critic: the Paper of Record

All the News That's Fit to Print

psajak.gifWheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak has a blog now. [via Asymmetrical Information]

From a recent entry, titled “Slanted Journalism Is Everywhere”:

As long as mainstream journalists share a similar view of the world, that world can never be reported ‘objectively’… When you check out something called ‘The View from the Right’, you know what you’re getting, but when you read The New York Times, you think you’re getting “All the news that’s fit to print“.

Well, we’re not sure people really think that. “Media critic” Christopher Hitchens in this book:

hitch.gifHow to ward off atrophy and routine, you ask? Well, I can give you a small and perhaps ridiculous example. Every day, the New York Times carries a motto in a box on its front page. “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” it says. It’s been saying it for decades, day in and day out. I imagine that most readers of the canonical sheet have long ceased to notice this bannered and flaunted symbol of its mental furniture. I myself check every day to make sure the bright, smug, pompous, idiotic claim is still there. Then I check to make sure that it still irritates me. If I can still exclaim, under my breath, why do they insult me and what do they take me for and what the hell is it supposed to mean unless it’s as obviously complacent and conceited and censorious as it seems to be, then at least I know I still have a pulse.

You may choose a more rigorous mental workout but I credit this daily influsion of annoyance with extending my life span.