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Monday, March 10, 2003  

Fox News Personality Brit Hume Joins the Sandbox Set

Reader Ted Clayton has alerted me to today's "Best of the Web," Jim Taranto's blog, funded by The Wall Street Journal.

You Heard It Here First--I

"American journalism's crazy old aunt in the attic." -- Best of the Web Today on Helen Thomas, Jan. 28

"It was a bad night for American journalism's crazy old aunt in the attic."--Best of the Web Today, March 7

"She is . . . the nutty aunt in the attic of the Washington press corps."--Brit Hume on Thomas, "Fox News Sunday," March 9

And so smirking Fox News personality Brit Hume, who hasn't the intelligence or journalistic experience to pour the Geritol that Ms. Thomas so obviously doesn't require, joins the sandbox set that is the American media today.

Actually, come to think of it, Hume has been a member in good standing of the sandbox set for years now. I guess Sunday's performance, if one could call it that, was just Hume's latest contribution to the ongoing effort of this motley assemblage of back-scratching, mindless script-readers to keep real journalists out of the club -- by pissing on the good names and reputations of their superiors.

[Post-publication addendum (March 10): And I read at Liquid List that sandbox pisser ordinaire Andrew Sullivan on Friday used his corner of Salon to take a few ill-considerd whacks at Washington Post columnist, Mary McGrory: "That buffoon Andrew Sullivan decides to trash Mary McGrory in today's screed. Unfortunately for Sully, he's an idiot. And he doesn't have the journalistic credibility to rinse Mary McGrory's pantyhose in his sink let alone sit there on the page grinning like a fool and panning McGrory's change of heart on an Iraq war." Pantyhose rinsing. Not bad. By the way, there's a humorous Capozzola family anecdote associated with a similar ritual that I will spare you. At least for now.]

[Post-publication addendum March 13): Hammerdown is talking about this subject as well.]

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