Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Vicious Political Vaudeville

If there is still a line somewhere between journalism and vitriolic jawboning, Dennis Miller doesn’t know where it is. As a Fox News “political commentator,” he is half as funny as he thought he was on “Saturday Night Live” and twice as objectionable.

His diatribe on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, no idol of mine, which is now tickling so many conservative bloggers, makes Keith Olbermann look like Edward R. Murrow. It seems to have escaped Miller’s attention that Olbermann’s commentaries about George Bush are based on facts, not snide gags about his looks and demeanor.

As the current owners of the Wall Street Journal consider selling it to Rupert Murdoch, they may want to take a look at what he considers within the bounds of journalism.

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