November 20-21, 2013 —
“Batshit crazy” meme becoming a standard for attack on WMR editor
One thing that certainly exemplifies the critics of WMR’s editor is a total lack of originality. In June, after being quoted by the UK Observer about NSA Third Party partners — all of which was confirmed by later disclosures from Edward Snowden — the U.S. Naval War College’s “constant Twitterer John Schindler called this editor “batshit crazy” in an interview published by Business Insider, a website started by DoubleClick baron Kevin Ryan, a noted libertarian of the Koch Brothers’ mindset.
Salon, the online pay-for-view news site parroted another “batshit crazy” meme published by the Daily Banter, a lavishly pro-Barack Obama site run by Bob Cesca. Apparently, some Obama groupies were offended that comedienne and television star Roseanne Barr sent an open letter to Congress in which she complained about the blackmail of senior government officials. Barr attached as footnotes to her letter a number of WMR articles dealing with blackmail. Barr, who continues to enjoy top ratings on cable networks for her television shows, was called “erratic” and a “truther.”
Salon is owned by John Warnock, the deep-pocketed Mormon co-founder of Adobe Systems, and Bill Hambrecht, a wealthy investment banker. As mainly a subscription site, Salon would never have anything good to say about WMR, just like Macy’s would never laud Gimbel’s and McDonald’s normally doesn’t praise Burger King. The author of the Salon piece, Mary Elizabeth Williams, merely parroted the original “batshit crazy” story from the Daily Banter. Mary Beth, I’m sure, is a nice Jersey City girl who just didn’t bother seeking a comment from this editor. That would normally be considered sloppy journalism but Mary Beth has been battling stage IV melanoma, so we wish her every success in her treatment and recovery and that is sincere.
But Chez Pazienza, the Banter author who penned the “batshit crazy internet conspiracy theorist” screed is another story entirely. While this editor couldn’t put my pen down in the days and weeks after 9/11, Pazienza couldn’t put the crack pipe down. He left MSNBC as a producer ending up eventually at CNN. He was fired from CNN in 2008 over his editorializing on the Huffington Post, which apparently violated CNN policies. This editor will not be lectured on proper journalism techniques by a addle-brained drug addict and a loser who couldn’t hold down a job at two major TV broadcast networks. Nor will I get into a battle of wits with a pathetic unarmed man like Pazienza.
As for Cesca, who can’t get on his knees fast enough for Mr. Obama, his record as a journalist doesn’t exactly inspire trust. Cesca was an intern for the “Don and Mike Show,” a Washington, DC “shock jock” program that tried to be the afternoon complement of the morning Howard Stern show. But, alas, with their constant fart jokes, undoubtedly written by the adolescent-minded Cesca, and a bizarre “death trifecta” feature that predicted the next three celebrity deaths amid guffawing and chortling by the hosts, “Don and Mike” failed to make it and Cesca went on to direct the animated “Kung Fu Jimmy Chow” series for Heavy.com. Cesca big time media outlet now is the “Bob and Chez Show,” which he does on a podcast with his former drug addict friend.
Perhaps “Bob and Chez” should compare their sorry resumés that indicate two all-time losers, to my own — which includes citations from Project Censored and the Fund for Constitutional Government — and that of Emmy, Golden Globe, and American Comedy Award winner Roseanne Barr before attacking the professionalism of others. In other words, “Bob and Chez” should get a frigging life.