Our favorite self-appointed champions of media accuracy and political correctness, are, no doubt, already hard at work pulverizing The New York Times, CNN, et al, for their coverage of Yasser Arafat's death.
DovBear wants to help. If you'd like to celebrate the death of the most notorious villain of our time by throwing sand in the eye of a major media conglomerate, here are some simple rules of media criticism to follow:
1. If it's not above the fold on Page 1, it's buried.
2. If it's above the fold on Page 1, it's sensationalized.
3. Everything but the entire universe is out of context.
4. If you can't criticize what's in a story, criticize what isn't in it.
5. And vice versa
6. If it's not a hatchet job, it's a puff piece.
7. And vice versa.
8. No one can ever be accurately quoted.
9. All stories that fail to shoe-horn in the problems on my agenda or to make mention of the problems that matter to me are biased and dishonest.
10. Everything newspapers do is done to sell papers, and selling papers is bad.