They all look alike.

Dispatches from journalism’s Z-Team at the Muncie Star Press. It’s an editorial about the revival of the so-called Fairness Doctrine, and it reads, in part:

Whether a listener’s preference is for Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly (on the right) or Al Frankel and Roger Moore (on the left), no one can argue that in 2007 there aren’t plenty of media outlets to suit every taste.

The name screwups are only part of teh funny, for me. I also like how they felt the need to point out which side of the political spectrum each pair falls on. The Muncie Star Press: Overexplaining the obvious since whenever we hired the current team of editorial writers.

(I’d tip my hat to Reverent & Free, but I don’t wear one.)

Posted at 11:28 am in Media |

15 responses to “They all look alike.”

  1. LA mary said on July 17, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Mike Pence never fails to deliver the goods, does he? Think he’ll run for president someday?

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  2. Michael said on July 17, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Sweet Jesus, Muncie sucks. Even the Smithsonian illustrated the word “armpit” with “Muncie is the armpit of Indiana…” My high school English teacher, who lived in Muncie, got no end of laughs out of that one.

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  3. nancy said on July 17, 2007 at 11:45 am

    We can always hope.

    Actually, in the great tradition of the twice-a-day accuracy of stopped clocks, this is one issue Pence and I can agree on. The Fairness Doctrine is a relic of another time and not necessary today.

    Also, Roger Moore is a leftist? He can come fix me a martini anytime. Although all things being equal, I’d prefer Pierce Brosnan.

    P.S. The very first college brochure that arrived after I took my ACTs was from Ball State, in none other than Muncie. You’re right — it sucks. And the college gets called Testicle Tech by IU and Purdue students.

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  4. Ricardo said on July 17, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    After Ohio voted in Democrats in large numbers in 2006, it was claimed that Progressive Talk Radio had a lot to do with the results. Forget all of the Ohio Republican scandals and evidence that the 2004 election results were fudged by the Secretary of State, handing Ohio to Bush.

    Since the election, Clear Channel and other corporations that have the rights to our public airways changed formats in Columbus and Cincinnati removing Progressive radio shows. In both cases ratings plummeted after the change. So, I ask, is this fair? Will this action change the results of the next elections? If so, is that the intent?

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  5. alex said on July 17, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    See? Ask someone to actually name some liberal media and they can’t.

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  6. Dorothy said on July 17, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    I’m with you on Pierce Brosnan. But my first choice would always be Daniel Craig. Did you know there’s a picture of him in my cube here at work??

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  7. brian stouder said on July 17, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Also, Roger Moore is a leftist? He can come fix me a martini anytime.

    Sure – he’s that-there documentary guy, right?

    Thunder-Bowling for Columbine


    Live and Let Become Sicko

    etc etc


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  8. jcburns said on July 17, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Al Frankel? Max Frankel’s son?

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  9. Julie Robinson said on July 17, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    It’d have to be Hugh Jackman for me.

    Way back in 1972 I attended a Thespian conference in Muncie, and thought I was sooo sophisticated when I bought a Tshirt from the bookstore emblazoned with “Ball U”. My excuse is that I was fifteen, but what can we say about the execs who stocked the shirts?

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  10. MichaelG said on July 17, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    Geeze, Nance, Roger Moore’s got to be 75 years old. ‘Course, now that I think about it, that’s not all that old.

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  11. MarkH said on July 17, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Actually, Michael, 80, this October (!!)

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  12. Connie said on July 17, 2007 at 7:01 pm

    I think I was about 30 when I bought a couple of those Ball U shirts for my brothers, they loved them.

    A lot of the grads around here go to Ball State, I always thought it was because Ball State had lower tuition than IU and Purdue.

    And here I thought Seymour was the armpit of Indiana, at least when I was living there.

    And surely you will not quibble when I tell you that long ago my husband named Flint – his home town – the armpit of Michigan. And the daily paper is the Flint Urinal. At least that is what I have always heard it called.

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  13. brian stouder said on July 17, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    If Flint is an armpit, East St Louis is the other one. A decade ago, Pam and I were down there for a race at Gateway International Raceway (a lovely mile-and-a-quarter track, by the way). Remember the scene in Blues Brothers where an el train passes by Elwood and Jake’s apartment? And then, seconds later, another one clatters past? And then another, and another after that? That’s how East St Louis is. You cross railroad tracks again and again, as you go through a down-at-the-heels residential neighborhood. On two occasions we were stopped with a train in front of us, and another behind us!

    And the neighborhood we were in was a Free and Unfettered Market Mecca (no pesky zoning laws, apparently) with severaL houses having those plug-in electric sign boards parked in their frontyard, with messages like “PAUL’S PALACE DRINK SPECIALS TOTAL NUDITY”

    Pam and I guessed that nothing good happened in that neighborhood at 2 in the morning

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  14. alex said on July 17, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    With all due respect to Ashley, New Orleans is America’s snatch.

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  15. harry near indy said on July 20, 2007 at 8:55 am

    la mary, and all other hoosiers past and present …

    i bet pence’s ambitions are no larger than senator, and he’ll run when senator-for-life-so-far dick lugar retires.

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