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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Yentl Switches To The NY Post

Mike Taylor on that brilliant lady Barbra Streisand:

Some of you may remember when Barbra Streisand wrote a letter during the 2004 primaries disparaging Republicans and praising a mysterious Democratic anti-war candidate, Dick Gebhart. That missive was fraught with misspellings, factual errors and the usual sky-is-falling-because-Republicans-are-in-charge claims that Babs is now famous for.

Well folks, she's at it again.

This time it's a letter to the editor of the LA Times. Seems that the LA Times is losing readership left and right these days. Babs is unhappy with the sacking of Robert Scheer as a paid columnist for that newspaper and she's canceling her subscription!

Mr. Scheer, for those of you not familiar with his writings, claims that GWB is nothing less than an "imperialist" and that Bush's "talk about security and democracy is all a bunch of malarkey". The LA Times is putting conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg in Scheer's vacated space.

Here's Babs in her letter:

In light of the obvious step away from the principals of journalistic integrity, which would dictate that journalists be journalists, editors be editors and accountants be accountants, I am now forced to carefully reconsider which sources can be trusted to provide me with accurate, unbiased news and forthright opinions. Your new columnist, Jonah Goldberg, will not be one of those sources.

I know that the Williams grads among you have already picked up on La Streisand's misuse of the word "principals". I can only guess that she means "principles of journalistic integrity". (Can anyone in the MSM tell me what those are?)

You would think that a person formerly accused of not using a person's correct name (especially if you want that person to become president) nor using correct spelling would have an occasion to employ the "spell check" function a little more often. Especially on a letter posted at her web site since November 28th.

Now, the main problem I have with Bab's letter is that she can not properly define a "forthright opinion". If you are familiar with Jonah Goldberg's columns in National Review and National Review On Line you would know that he has forthright opinions... just as Mr. Scheer does. Only Mr. Goldberg is funnier, has more facts at his command and doesn't suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Seems like a good switch to me.

After all, as Babs implies in her letter, I think that it's proper that columnists be columnists, and reporters be reporters. The LA Times is known for reporters being columnists... and that may account for their shrinking circulation.

Babs had a choice to make: either read differing opinion columnists and decide whose viewpoint is most coherent... or remain uninformed.

Apparently, Ms. Streisand prefers the latter.

Igorance is bliss, igorance is bliss.

Feel free to cut and paste that last sentence into your web site, Ms.Streisand. It will fit right in and no one will know the difference! I'll wait on the royalty checks...

-- Mike

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