I stumbled across MSNBC's Brian Williams' scathing assessment of the mind-numbing banality that has lately been The New York Times (I haven't been able to read the thing in three years), and read with interest his take on the Times lack of direction and purpose. More than a bit ironic, since MSNBC has given us some of the finest examples of journalistic blanc mange lately. But Williams wasn't just being grumpy. He had a fine things to say about Peggy Noonan's weekend op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. I resist the WSJ usually -- it's bad enough to read the White House's spin when it's coming from the White House, let alone when it's put into print whole cloth with those stupid, grainy little line drawings.
However, after reading it, I happen to agree with Brian Williams -- it's a great piece. Noonan is a good writer with a good eye on what is going on around her. I heartily recommend it.
So, thanks to Brian Williams, for leading the way to this oasis of spiffy journalism in the midst of the current desert that is the modern American mainstream media.