The Bryan Fischer award is given to those who display a staggering lack of self-awareness, accusing their opponents of displaying their own worst traits. But rarely does someone engage in such behavior quite as blatantly as Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily, who accuses Joe Conason of being an “activist working undercover as a journalist.” The whole thing began when a news site accidentally sent out a Farah column under Conason’s byline.
Joe Conason and I have a lot in common. We’re about the same age. We grew up a few miles away from each other in the New York area. We both edited underground newspapers in high school. We were both lefties at birth. We share a first name.
But that’s where the similarities end.
I grew up – and started working for the “mainstream media” when it could still be referred to that way with a straight face.Conason never grew up. Instead he continued working for what we euphemistically call “alternative papers” – meaning they were further to the left than the Big Media, the establishment corporate media. (Today it’s a distinction without a difference.)
Conason began and remains an activist working undercover as a journalist. He’s an ardent defender of all causes “progressive” in nature – the same knee-jerk hack who defended Bill Clinton’s real-life, well-documented womanizing and lied about Bush’s imaginary trysts.
He’s a caricature of what we’ve come to expect from the media today. He’s never done any real journalism – the kind that requires actual standards of decency and accuracy like the American press still understood as late as the 1970s and 1980s when I was working for major market dailies – and running them.
In related news, the pot and the kettle were found dead in an alley of an apparent overdose of irony.