March 23, 2009

Signal to Noise Ratio

Do any of y’all ever read townhall.com and WorldNetDaily? If you ever want to feel better about yourself, you should visit one of these sites to see how sour old men and women behave.

World Net Daily bills itself as "an independent news company dedicated to uncompromising journalism, seeking truth and justice and revitalizing the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty." The site’s stated mission is “exposing wrongdoing, corruption and abuse of power." Journalistic giants one might find on the site include Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and literary genius, Chuck Norris.

Townhall.com is a web-based publication “primarily dedicated to conservative United States politics.” It was previously operated by the Heritage Foundation, but is now owned and operated by Salem Communications. The site features such notable wingnuts as Ann Coulter (she’s everywhere!), Robert Novak and Cal Thomas.

One of the sourest old men on both sites is a dude who was once a scriptwriter for television but kind of faded away. Now, because he can’t find anyone else to publish his mess, he writes for free and gets published on Townhall. He had a blog too (doesn’t everyone?), but it seems to have vanished.

Burt Preludsky was once a humor columnist for the Los Angeles Times and a movie critic for Los Angeles magazine. He freelanced for the New York Times, TV Guide, Sports Illustrated and some others. He wrote scripts for old TV, like Dragnet, McMillan & Wife, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Bob Newhart, Family Ties, Dr. Quinn and Diagnosis Murder. He also wrote scripts for several good movies.

But these days Burt is just a sour old man with a chip on his shoulder. Were that not the truth I don’t think we would see the kind of drivel that was published yesterday on townhall.com.

One is left to wonder how someone could live with so much bile in one’s gut.

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2 Comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, kinda sour there... Since I'd never heard of townhall, I guess I'm outta the loop. :-)

Mule Breath, said...

If I were not so morbidly curious, I would probably not read it, but I do so for the same reason I read Media Matters... so that I may monitor the winds of wingnutia.