Monday, July 18, 2011
Quote of the Day
"In a Monday Wall Street Journal editorial on 'News and Its Critics' that borders on brilliant satire, the Murdoch-owned paper rails on about how 'our competitors are using the phone-hacking years ago at a British corner of News Corp. to assail the Journal, and perhaps injure press freedom in general.' That's right, haters, when you criticize an organization that breaks into a murdered girl's voicemails, and believes paying off cops and tampering with individual privacy is 'part of the game,' you're messing with the First Amendment itself. Though the editorial is unsigned, one can't help noting its spiritual kinship with the persuasive rhetoric of that legendary debater, Eric 'Otter' Stratton, who once noted, 'The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules or took a few liberties... You can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few sick, perverted individuals... for isn't this an indictment of our entire American society?'"
-- Mary Elizabeth Williams in Salon