Sunday, February 20


To Jerry Lanson: I read your silly column in the online edition of the Christian Science Monitor moments ago and will confirm for you that, yes, your words may "simply bore anyone dropping by" your blog, as they most certainly did me.

Let's catalogue your viewpoints, as expressed in the posts of yours I took the time to read:

1) your fondness for the "Boston Globe" and your desire for a harder news edge at the "NYT," particularly in covering "... you know, the torture ..." by American troops in Iraq.

2) your postulation that Eason Jordan wouldn't "float the idea of Americans (troops) targeting journalists if there were no evidence," concluding this convoluted post with the suggestion (slyly wrapped in the form of a question) that the Bush Administration wants fewer (and only the "craziest" among them) journalists covering the war.

3) your having cited as your favorite paragraph from a journalism column a loathesome attack on our president, First Lady, and his inaugural celebration by one Mike Carlton, as published in the "Sydney Morning Herald":

George Bush's second inaugural extravaganza was every bit as repugnant as I had expected, a vulgar orgy of teiumphalism unmatched since Napoleon crowned himself emperor in 1804. The little Corsican corporal had a few decent victories to his escutcheon ... Not so this strutting Texan mountebank, with his chimpanzee smirk and his born-again banalities delivered in that constipated syntax that sounds the way cold cheeseburgers look, and his grinning plastic wife, and his scheming junta of neo-con spivs, shamans, flatterers and armchair warmongers, and his sinuous evasions and his brazen lies, and his sleight of hand theft from the American poor, and his rape of the environment, and his lethal conviction that the world must submit to his Pax Americana or be bombed into charcoal."

4) Your genuflection before the poisoned pen of Frank Rich of the "NYT," smugly telling your readers I told you so in the expectation of Rich exposing yet another "fraudulent propagandist-posing-as-journalist" on the payroll of the Bush Administration or one of its allies.

5) And then, of course, there's the issue of your self-applauding, Blogger "personal profile," with the only feigned note of humility being your failed attempt at climbing the Matterhorn. Couldn't an "aging outdoorsman" have settled for a stringer of brook trout?