There aren’t that many people who take the editorial column of the Fargo Forum all that seriously any more. The democratization of the media in recent years, and the decline of the newspaper industry in general, have diminished the importance of the “voice of god” columns from newspaper editorial boards. They just don’t matter as much as they used to.
But in the case of the Forum, the editorials (written by opinion editor Jack Zaleski) have long ago descended into shallow, name-calling gibberish. And it seems the folks at the Forum – after years of deriding talk radio hosts (including yours truly) for that sort of thing – have decided to just embrace that reality.
Which brings us to this painful-to-watch video in which Zaleski tries to embrace this whole intertubes video thing.
I’m not sure what they’re going for here. Is this supposed to be comedy? Irony? In what category does a crusty newspaper editor grumping on the internet go?
It’s described as “tongue-in-cheek,” but come on. Anyone who has ever read one of Zaleski’s columns knows there’s nothing “tongue-in-cheek” about it. This is just how the angry, embittered ranter behaves. It’s presented for laughs, and I think we’re supposed to be amused by Zaleski’s over-the-top reaction (his usual schtick of calling anyone who disagrees with him “idiots”) traffic policy in downtown Fargo, but that wasn’t what I was laughing at.
I was laughing at Mr. In-The-Trenches-Journalism being reduced to an internet side show, and what will undoubtedly be a poorly-attended one at that unless Zaleski somehow manages to pull off a Marily Haggerty and go viral.
Maybe he should rant about a Red Lobster or something. That might work.
If Zaleski were a more respected figure it might be kind of sad. Maybe something akin to an aging rock bands forced to pay Bar Mitzvahs and birthdays for the rich and powerful. But, again, that would require that Zaleski be a more respected figure, which he’s not.