"It's A Great Lie"

by digby

So Juan Williams and Sean Hannity are very upset that Markos Moulitsas is going to be writing a column for Newsweek because he is such a hater, not to mention unqualified for this important journalistic post:

Appearing on Hannity and Colmes, he said:

“The fact is that (Moulitsas is) not a journalist in terms of someone who knows how to do reporting, someone who reflects balance in what he portrays. To the contrary, he engages in the kind of hyperbole and extreme statements that are represented by that crass and I think offensive statement that he made about those dead people. But you know what? I think that’s just what’s going on in journalism. I think that there’s more and more opinion, less and less people who know how to do the job. All you gotta do is shout, say something on the blog that offends and attacks the other side and suddenly you have the credentials and you’re said to be a journalist. I think it’s a great lie.”


Hannity attended St. Pius X Preparatory Seminary in Uniondale in Long Island, graduating in 1980 with a high school diploma... He dropped out of New York University because of financial issues, and decided to pursue a radio career.Hannity hosted his first talk radio show in 1989 at the volunteer college station at UC Santa Barbara, KCSB-FM, while working as a general contractor The show aired for 40 hours of air time and, according to Hannity, he was terrible.Hannity's weekly show was cancelled after less than a year when KCSB management charged him with "discriminating against gays and lesbians" after two shows featuring the book The AIDS Coverup: The Real and Alarming Facts about AIDS by Gene Antonio. The station reversed its decision to dismiss Hannity due in part to a campaign conducted by the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Hannity decided against returning to KCSB.

After leaving KCSB, Hannity placed an ad in radio publications presenting himself as "the most talked about college radio host in America," and WVNN in Athens, Alabama (part of the Huntsville market) hired him to be the afternoon talk show host. From Huntsville, he moved to WGST in Atlanta in 1992, filling the slot vacated by Neal Boortz, who had moved to competing station WSB. In September 1996, Fox News founder Roger Ailes hired the then relatively unknown Hannity to co-host the television program Hannity & Colmes with Alan Colmes.


Moulitsas was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Salvadoran mother and Greek father, and grew up in El Salvador. (Following the Spanish language custom for surnames, his last name is "Moulitsas", not "Zúniga" – See Spanish naming customs.) His family moved back to the United States in 1980 due to the Salvadoran civil war. He served in the U.S. Army from 1989 through 1992; while stationed in Germany, and after missing deployment to the Gulf War "by a hair", he changed his political affiliation from Republican to Democratic. He has described the military as "perhaps the ideal society – we worked hard but the Army took care of us in return."

After leaving the army, he attended Northern Illinois University and wrote for (and eventually managed) the Northern Star college newspaper. Moulitsas earned two bachelor degrees at Northern Illinois University (1992-1996), where he majored in Philosophy, Journalism, and Political Science. He earned a J.D. at Boston University School of Law (1996-1999).

Moulitsas founded Daily Kos in May 2002, and the site quickly rose to prominence. In its first year, Daily Kos received over one million unique visitors.

I think both Hannity and Kos, practice perfectly legitimate forms of opinion journalism in the modern media landscape (even if Hannity is a complete moron.) But it's undeniable that Kos is obviously the more well rounded person and has the academic credentials that Hannity certainly didn't have before he was hired at Fox News and given his own show.

Juan "the journalist" is very confused about who he is, which is natural when you sell your soul to the devil. He has his undies in a twist because as a so-called legitimate journalist he feels that an upstart like Kos shouldn't be allowed to get a coveted perch in a major news magazine. But he whores himself out to Republican pimp Roger Ailes and appears frequently with a fair and balanced fellow who says things like this:

“You're entitled to your opinion. I frankly don't really care what you have to say. It has very little impact on my life.”

Poor Juan. He thinks we blogofascists are ruining everything but he is so personally compromised that he can't see that it was all ruined a long, long time ago.