Turned up to eleven: Fair and Balanced

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Sometimes I wonder if people simply have their heads completely up their asses, or just poke them up their occasionally. In the case of Tim Blair, however, the case has been well resolved. An example is this load of tripe about how the press coverage of Larry Klayman's group Judicial Watch has changed now that he is suing Dick Cheney, from "conservative watchdog" to "non-partisan watchdog", or words to that effect. Mr. Blair wonders at the cause of this, suggesting

As the Baltimore Chronicle now calls it, Judicial Watch is "a public interest law firm that conducts investigations and legal proceedings to combat government corruption". So, while Judicial Watch has revealed itself to be non-partisan, the US media has revealed itself to be exactly the opposite.

Uh, Tim, I may be missing something, but could it be that Judicial Watch was being labeled "conservative" because all they did was slap lawsuits on Bill Clinton? And could it be that they are now called "non-partisan" because they are acting, well, non-partisan? And how exactly does this reveal anything about the media, other than the fact that when people start behaving differently, they change their descriptions accordingly. The US media, of course, is just reflecting that Judicial Watch, which made its name in the Clinton witchhunt, is keeping its name in the paper by going after the people in power now. (from the normally more astute Max Power)