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"Even handed" hackery [standard disclaimer]
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Heh ... Said Orin Kerr, responding to a commenter at Volokh Conspiracy who was ragging him for not writing about the US Attorney's story and accusing Kerr of being a political hack:
First, I would like to clear up something: Of course we are all political hacks! Our secret trick is that we alternate which side to spin: sometimes we are political hacks for the right, and sometimes we are political hacks for the left. Naive readers occasionally mistake this for principle, but I trust the more sophisticated see it as the randomized hackery it truly is. In any event, a great rule of thumb is that our silence means that we are secretly conspiring with your enemies to keep stories out of the public eye.
I got a huge chuckle out of his reply. Thanks Orin, I needed that.

I can't tell you how many times I've gotten emails in which I've been accused of trying to keep something out of the public eye (like I actually have the power to do that) or worse, am silent because what is happening is damaging to 'my side'.

Not really. I write 3 to 5 posts a day and they're mostly on things in which I'm interested. I feel no need or compunction to write about something just because everyone else is (in fact I find less of a need to do so) or just because it is news. And that's especially true if I personally find it boring as hell (like the US Attorney story, which is being covered to death anyway).

I mean that's one of the joys of blogging. I'm my own assignment editor.

Look there's lots of news everyday. And sometimes that is all I do because the stories are interesting and enjoyable to write about. Face it ... when it comes to writing I'm a sort of hedonist. I do what I like.

On other days I may be in a bizarre mood or a humorous mood or even a contemplative mood and I look for other items of interest that reflect those moods. But I have no idea from one day to the next what I'll be writing about the following day.

Another thing which I find amusing is when I'm accused of not being 'fair'. I can't say this enough - I'm not fair. I don't try to be fair.

I'm biased by my principles and beliefs. I have no charter to be "objective", nor is it my job. I'm a blogger for heaven sake.

I'm upfront about who and what I am. So when you read me, you should keep that in mind and if you wish, discount what I say accordingly. But don't ask me to be 'fair'.

If being less than balanced makes me a "hack" to some, well so be it. But you need to understand that when I'm silent about something, I'm actually in consultation with Orin and we're cooking up a plan to keep a story out of the public eye. Or the story is just not something I have any interest in. Whichever. You decide. But remember if you think it is the former, it is you with the problem, not me.

Hmmm ... consider this my "standard disclaimer" if you wish. Apply as needed when you read my posts. Heh ...
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Previous Comments to this Post 

You don’t have to be “fair”, the 1st amendment allows you the right to make an ass of your self, just like everyone else.
Written By: James E. Fish
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You’re an enthusiast not a hack and if you’re enthused you can’t be unbiased.
Written By: unaha-closp
"I mean that’s one of the joys of blogging. I’m my own assignment editor"

Amen to that, brother. It’s annoying when the peanut gallery yells: "Why aren’t you writing about subject X?" Know why? It’s my blog. Get your own.
Written By: Eric Lindholm

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