".. whose blurry profile in caution communicates only calculated trimming."

What a terrific phrase. Well done, Mr. Will. Terrific full quote to select, Mr. Goldberg.

Dear Mr. Bernard Goldberg,
You were good on The Factor on 10/31/11. I believe the "rule of thumb" you presented needs some polish. You posed it as if it applies only to the left-leaning mainstream news folks. This is not true. Your rule of thumb applies to all ideologues so appropriately, it's close to definitional for the term itself!

You know darn well, all "sides" have their own "you get easy treatment from me if you are on my team" folks. In fact you were on a network that employs one of the loudest ideologues who wears the costume of analyst to (try to) trick people into believing he's a thinker.

But I guess if you made clear the rule of thumb it might cause tension amongst the network bosses that their brand was challenged (even lucidly) on their air, even though it would be completely congruent with your own brand to do so.

Come to think of it, that's what ideologues in journalist costumes do every day for their main stream media bosses -- tell the stories the way the bosses want them told. Hmmm. Dang. Kissing the ring instead of biting the hand sure is part and parcel with the "news" business in a free market capitalist economy, eh?

Maybe that could be the hook for a future book, "Kissing the Ring on the Hand that Deserves a Slap." You could be remembered by history as the person who inspired the public to force modern information publishers of all shapes, sizes and stripes to persistently make the clear distinction: information, analysis, opinion and punditry and proposal.

Throw in a catchy "Goldberg Scale" (or Score, or both) and you could be remembered as one of the most influential people of this century.

boy: Grandpa, what was it like BG?

grandpa: Well, Before Goldberg it was so easy to fool people into believing almost anything that no problems that really mattered ever got solved. Everyone was confused that free speech, which ennobles all sentients, must include false speech, which cripples them.

boy: How did he do it?

grandpa: He did it the same way John Locke did it and the way Martin Luther did it before him.

boy: You mean he was part of the system?

grandpa: He was part of the problem! Then he became a champion of making the system better.

boy: How did he make it better?

grandpa: He realized that the folks who agreed with him that the old-fashioned news was flawed and even the people who hired him to say it over and over were all wrong too. They were just as flawed for all the same reasons, even though they believed different things.

boy: And he figured all this out first.

grandpa: Well, almost. He was the one who had enough reputation and noteriety that when he wrote about how it all should really work, people paid attention. But most of all Goldber had great courage - historic courage.

boy: Why did it take so much courage if it was right?

grandpa: Because back in the old days, BG, what was right was often punished by the few who were in charge.

boy: You mean everyone wasn't in charge of deciding what was right?

grandpa: Not Before Goldberg.

boy: Wow. He was a great man.

grandpa: Yes, he certainly was.
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