Ignorant and proud

The Fraters Libertas draw attention to the Star Tribune’s embrace of ignorance:

In a major blow to people who know stuff everywhere, the dominant newspaper of the Twin Cities has been legally prohibited from allowing people with knowledge and expertise to write news articles for them.

It sounds absurd, but it’s all true. From the pages of the professional journalists’ guild newsletter, evidence of what happens when unions attack:

An arbitrator has upheld the Guild’s grievance against management’s use of freelance “experts” to write news stories for the A and B sections of the Star Tribune. The Guild filed the grievance a year ago after a story by [WCCO TV] meteorologist Paul Douglas appeared in the Metro Section. Subsequent stories by Douglas appeared on 1A. This is a significant and unambiguous victory for the Guild.

Morons. But what can you expect from the Star and Sickle? By the way, I’ll be on with the Northern Alliance crew at 2 PM today.

Another boot to the head

Craig Westover kicks vaccine cheerleader Dr. Hull when he’s down… again:

Dr. Hull accuses me of not doing thorough research. That’s a criticism I might accept from some of the parents who have spent years juggling care of autistic children with researching the complexities of biochemistry, but I won’t accept it from a health care professional that uses a truncated newspaper article as “scientific” support for his position.

I would expect a health care professional to be a little more (dare I say) “thorough” before dispensing information to a concerned parent of an autistic child. I would ask — who is it that is doing a “disservice” to the public?

Have I taught you nothing?

Jamie disappoints me:

So I go to check out free week, and I realised that they’re asking me to sign up with my address and phone number on an unsecured webpage just to browse. I’m not comfortable doing that….

Dear Jamie,

They’re not going to verify your telephone number before they let you read it, much less your physical address. Almost no web site does. Never let an opportunity to insert garbage into Carnivore’s great data collection system pass to pass you by. It’s your moral duty!

Best regards,
Veronica Dawson