Salon.com’s ‘War Room Hack Thirty’

By SARAH HARTNIG

Have you ever wondered what journalists think of other journalists?

In an interesting, timely story from http://salon.com, Alex Pareene provides members of the online community with a witty, satirical list of his least favorite political commentators, newspaper columnists and cable news personalities.

According to Pareene, requirement for involvement included “writing the same column every week for 30 years, warmongering, joyless repetition of conventional wisdom and making bad puns” (http://salon.com).

The top five include Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, former ABC news political director Mark Halperin, author and The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, journalist David Broder and New Republic owner Marty Peretz.

In my opinion, news stories such as this one are astoundingly important. As members of the press are meant to serve as informational gatekeepers in today’s society, we often fail to hold such individuals to the same standards of morals. It is only through requiring our reporters to remain intelligent, ethical individuals that our standards of reporting will continue to persist.

Take for example the case of Marc Thiessen, number six on Salon.com’s list of their 30 least favorite members of the press. According to Pareene, Thiessen authored a book about “how the Bush administration was right to use torture” which, of course, was “full of a falsehoods and misinformation” (http://salon.com).

In his discussion of Thiessen, Pareene asserts that the author is “treated as just a serious man on one side of a contention issue” instead of “being shunned my polite society” which, asserts Thiessen, would in this case be preferable.

In addition to explaining in riveting detail their condemnation of the “War Room Hack Thirty,” the article serves as a warning to avid followers of politics from across the world: do NOT trust these 30 individuals.

So the next time you flip on the news or start to read any political commentary, browse http://salon.com for their list of the “War Room Hack Thirty” and remain informed.

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