Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Joseph Farah

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.

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  • John Pieret

    actual standards of decency and accuracy

    The meltdown of irony meters everywhere could cause a China Syndrome that could blow off the entire surface of the Earth.

  • davideriksen

    When Farah said this:

    the Big Media, the establishment corporate media. (Today it’s a distinction without a difference.)

    My jaw just about hit the floor. I don’t think I’ve ever agreed with him about anything before.

  • Chiroptera

    davideriksen, #2:

    I think Farah’s intent was to compare the mainstream media with the left-oriented “alternative media.” In the mind of the US rightwing, the corporate mainstream media is hopelessly left wing.

  • colnago80

    To Fascist rat fuckers like Farah, anyone to the right of Attila the Hun is a dangerous left wing pinko commie.

  • Nick Gotts

    To Fascist rat fuckers like Farah – colnago80@4

    Says the man who advocates genocide, and who is surely a more deserving recipient of the Bryan Fischer award than run-of-the-mill far right fruitcakes.

  • John Pieret


    I think you meant “anyone to the left of Attila the Hun is a dangerous left wing pinko commie” to Farah. But it still may work because there is is a lot of room to the right of Attila the Hun before you get to Farah. So it becomes “anyone to the left of Farah but still to the right of Attila the Hun is, nonetheless, a dangerous left wing pinko commie … but those to the feft of Attila the Hun are even more dangerous, more left wing, more pinko commies.”

  • Propaganda is like the back of the head. Everybody can see everybody else’s, but not their own. Farah’s been not seeing his for so long he’s certain his head has no back.


    (Today it’s a distinction without a difference.)

    Sure. Eventually the MSM decided the war was a bad idea. Their hands are clean, of course, especially after releasing their collective mea culpas that took the blame without actually looking in the mirror. Lots of passive voice. “Mistakes were made”, apparently.

  • colnago80

    Re John Pieret @ #6

    Yes, I meant left of Attila the Hun. However, I’m rather curious in what way Bolton is further right then ole Attila. Of course, I seem to recall some books and articles on Attila several years ago that argued that he has been getting a bad rap and somehow was really rather progressive.

    Re the limey @ #5

    Hey, don’t give Brayton any ideas.