Former Boston Globe columnist, Mike Barnicle, was anchoring the “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC. While discussing the Obama’s Uncle liberating Auschwitz story with his guest and the three viewers watching the show, Barnicle said this about bloggers:
What about the theory that we in the news media have taken ourselves so seriously, because of this 24-hour news cycle that we’re all involved in, that we don’t give enough credit for people being over-tired, exhausted, campaigning 20 hours a day, misspeakingÃ¢â‚¬â€including Senator Clinton at times misspeakingÃ¢â‚¬â€and then we jump all over them. And then these nitwits at home with their computers, these bloggers, who think they’re part of the news media, can then accuse us of being soft on this candidate or that candidate.
Mike Barnicle has in the past, on far more than one occasion, been accused of making up stories and for directly plagiarizing other writers — he was forced to resign (read: fired) ten years ago from his gig at the Boston Globe under these same circumstances.
If this guy is an example of the “legitimate news media,” then bloggers should consider Barnicle’s insult the ultimate compliment.