Last night, Catherine and I watched a DVD of “The Feebles”, by the ingenious Kiwi film-maker Peter Jackson who created the movie trilogy, “Lord of the Rings” and won an Oscar for it.
In Jackson’s wonderfully “sick” (in a Jonathan Swiftian way) movie, “The Feebles”, the most repulsive character is a journalist, who is a house-fly who eats shit. And it’s a very happy ending, when that house-fly journalist has BOTH of his wings pulled off – literally both his “left wing” and his “right wing” – and he is sent into the toilet, and while he is being flushed down the toilet with both his left AND right wings torn off, the narrator says, “now THAT is FAIR AND BALANCED JOURNALISM!”
And so, here is a portrait of a “fair and balanced” journalist. I think this is one of them who advocated the invasion of Iraq and then changed their minds after it became an obvious debacle, and deleted all of their blog posts of 2003 in which they advocated the war, and now pretend they were against it from the beginning. “Fair and balanced” journalism means pissing in whichever direction the wind is blowing at any moment, and then pissing in the other direction when the wind changes.