New Benchmark For Legacy Media Professionalism Established

Back in late 2001, just as the Blogosphere was getting started, Glenn Reynolds proffered some advice for those who wanted to dip their toes into the pool:

Any time you start to doubt yourself, and wonder if you're fit for the big leagues of American thought and opinion, you can just read The Times and be thankful that the standards of the big leagues aren't so high.

And they're remarkably tolerable when it comes to failure and duplicity -- and the bigger the better, as long as your ideology is simpatico, of course.

Witness: Remember leftwing photographer Jill Greenberg, who last year admitted to deliberately shooting unflattering images of Sen. John McCain , for his cover photo on the Atlantic and then on her own Website Photoshopped those images to make a former Navy flier and Vietnam POW literally appear as a bloodthirsty monster on her Website?

Who when interviewed, replied:

The pictures speak for themselves. I took the opportunity to create an image which shows my feelings about the Republican administration and possible continuation of the policies of the Bush/Cheney White House.

Say, whatever happened to her?

Time magazine hired her to photograph Glenn Beck for its latest cover story.

Beck is apparently being a pretty good sport about the cover, but it's a also a useful reminder that, in a time when Manhattan's unemployment in general is in double-digits, and the legacy media is hemorrhaging readers, who's considered on the A-list of old media.