Thursday, April 12, 2007

Seriously, We Have To Do Better Than This

Over at Democracy Project, there is this article purporting to lambaste the AP for only citing "experience covering intelligence" a "plus" when announcing a job opening for a reporter to cover the intelligence community in DC. Their key point:

Would the AP advertise for a sports reporter for whom knowledge and experience with baseball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey, tennis, and so forth is only a “plus,” rather than essential and primary?

Read the actual ad posted. Now, anyone who's spent five minutes browsing my archives knows, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am keenly aware of and eager to expose the MSM's blatant liberal bias and stupidity when covering all things military and/or intelligence-related. So coming from me, this oughta carry weight: You -- Democracy Project -- must do better than this. First of all, nowhere in the job posting does it say that knowledge of intelligence matters is merely a "plus". You, Bruce Kesler, are conflating knowledge and experience. Secondly, are your recruiting standards so paradoxical that only a person experienced with a specific job can then proceed to apply for and win that very same job? People have to start somewhere. Do you think that, somehow, in a weird Moebius strip of journalistic hiring practices, all first-time reporters in the area of intelligence (and every reported must, in a causal system, have a first time!) nevertheless already have experience in this area?

Seriously, you can do better than this. And for the sake of our shared desires -- to expose the MSM for what it is -- you must, or we will all be ridiculed for sloppy logic.

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Anonymous Marty said...

Have we taken our chill pill yet today?

10:13 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

Oh, sure, attack the messenger! I just get nervous when "our side" oversteps itself. As any martial artist would know (or lazy schmoe with no training whatsoever, such as myself), any over-extended attack exposes oneself to potentially deadly counterattack.

10:18 AM  

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