October 11, 2004

"The Note" -- for Dummies

For the chatty, ironic and oh-so-inside-baseball daily screed The Note to be without a chatty, ironic and inside item on ABC News' now infamous "Halperin Memo" is a serious disappointment. Especially since the foremost writer credited at ABC News: The Note: "Myopic Misread of the American Electorate" is Mr. Halperin himself.

Surely an organization that has "the skill and strength to help voters evaluate what the candidates are saying" (to quote from the memo) can use those same resources to explain and illuminate what sort of ideological bullet was scrambling Mr. Halperin's brain when he created the memo.

Since the Drudge revelation of last Friday many in the blogsphere (as well as the remnant of sensible souls in the mainstream media) have been united in their call for Mr. Halperin's gaping head at the tip of a spike. We dissent.

We do not feel Mr. Halperin should be sacked for fawning and tugging the forelock before the Kerry-Heinz fountain of future funding for books yet unwritten. To sack Mr. Halperin for that would mean that the terrorists of media tedium have won. Without these clueless examples of bias arising dependably from the media swamps of Manhattan, much of the blogsphere would sink back into the state of Live Journal from which it arose.

Under no circumstances should this unfortunate lad be fed to the Drudge-besotted hordes of the blogsphere for mere run-of-the-mill media bias.

No, he should be dismembered in the public square for being unable to write a coherent sentence.

Kind ladies and good gentlemen of the blogsphere, put down your cleavers and pikes for a moment and just look at the pathetic creature before you:

Yes, what this memo makes clear is not the bias of ABC News. That was a given going in. What it makes clear is that Mark Halperin, Political Director of ABC News is a functional illiterate. That alone should be grounds for termination by dropping an unabridged dictionary on him from a great height.

It should also make you question which hapless scribbler is charged with writing the often entertaining "The Note" for which Halperin is given top credit.

Either way, this memo is so appallingly written that I look for Mr. Halperin to be promoted to Director of ABC News within the fortnight.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 11, 2004 3:22 PM
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No, he should be dismembered in the public square for being unable to write a simple sentence ...

No wonder, then, that The Note lists no fewer than 12 co-authors - none of whom apparently thought that "Myopic Misreading of the American Electorate" might be preferable ...

Posted by: Glen Wishard at October 11, 2004 4:24 PM

I did notice his poor syntax. However, I'm sure his staff took the point as to how to help or hinder their careers.

Posted by: jeff at October 13, 2004 10:01 AM