Stupid People Blues

The first time I met a big foot journalist, this was back in the 1980’s, I was struck by what appeared to be the shallow stupidity of the guy. It was not the normal dullness you get from low-IQ people. It was sort of a confident stupidity. It was not just that the guy did not know what he did not know; it was that he was sure he knew everything there was to know, despite not knowing much about anything. In time I came to understand that most big foot journalists are no different from beauty pageant contestants in that a blithe dimness is an asset.

h/t FF

  • ntt1

    we have a guy like that on crew, his descriptor is Frequently wrong, yet never in doubt.

    • Heh;)

      • Will Quest

        Size 13 shoes are normal at the CBC ……..clowns are envious….

  • Ed

    Ted Baxter, the original…

  • favill

    Will Ferrell’s Anchorman was a documentary…who knew?

  • G

    The arrogance of journalists never ceases to amaze me. I dated a girl in college who was in a the first semester of a 2 year journalism program. While I waited for her class to end I could her the student talking very pompously and self importantly to their journalism instructor. One female student was prattling on about how they had “the obligation to educate the public”.

    I thought “You assholes, you are a couple of months into a pissy-assed 2 year journalism program and you are talking about ‘educating the public’.
    Who the hell do you think you are”?

    Then I read an editorial by (then) Maclean’s magazine editor Anthony Wilson-Smith who said, “What makes this job perhaps more interesting than most is…..”
    I thought. “You arrogant ass! Maybe a machinist thinks his job is interesting. Maybe a retail clerk thinks her job is interesting. Maybe a construction worker thinks his job is interesting.— But *YOU* you’re a !!!JOURNALIST!!! So superior to all!

    Then I saw the television commercial for the Globe & Mail. The catch phrase was “Anyone can have an opinion, but is it informed?” — In other words unless you are one of our journalists or think like them you opinion is worthless.

    Fuck off & die journalist assholes.

  • Minicapt

    Mark Twain: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.”