Ed Driscoll

It's Not Just A Good Idea, It's The Law

Back in the very, very early days of this site’s existence, I wrote:

When Malcolm Muggeridge was the editor of the British satirical magazine Punch in the early 1960s, Khrushchev had announced he was going to tour England alongside its prime minister. Muggeridge wrote up a list of the silliest tour stops he could think of, and then put the article to bed, ready for publication. When the actual tour list was drawn up, he had to massively rewrite the article. At least half the tour stops in his satirical piece were actually on Khrushchev and the British PM’s agenda!

Which is why Muggeridge’s Law is: there is no way that a writer of fiction can compete with real life for its pure absurdity.

And even your humble narrator isn’t immune. Yesterday, when I was interviewing Roger L. Simon about PJTV, he started talking about bias, and remarked that everyone’s biased, which is true enough; it’s human nature. “You have a bias, I have a bias, everyone has a bias” I think Roger said. I immediately quipped, “Keith Olbermann doesn’t have a bias–he’s straight down the middle!”, trying to think the most obviously in-the-tank anchor on TV, who in the past, hasn’t been afraid to at least tacitly admit it.

Naturally, I had just unwittingly crashed straight into the brick wall of satire known as Muggeridge’s Law:

Regardless, [MSNBC President Phil Griffin] said he has faith in his convention anchors — including Olbermann, a scourge of the right — for both the final days in Denver and next week in St. Paul, Minn.

“Look, when Keith anchors, he plays it straight down the line,” Griffin said. “This is our team. They’ve served us well. We love ’em, and we’re going to be at the Republican convention, and it’s going to be great. And I don’t have any hesitation.”

Straight down the line, straight down the middle. Objectivity all the way, dude!

(Is it just me, or is Griffin starting to sound like Howell Raines railing against the furies immediately after the Jayson Blair scandal exploded in his face? But hey, if this was the gang you had to play Kindergarten Cop with every day, you’d be feeling pretty tense, too.)