By Chris Daly

Senior Analyst


Dear readers of my blog: One thing I have learned from the whole Juan Williams-Fox-NPR dust-up is that you are really nobody in the media commentariat if you do not have a fancy title. And it seems like you are absolutely nobody unless you are called “Senior Analyst.”

Therefore and henceforth, whenever I express any opinions on this site, and whenever I analyze anything (which will be more or less all the time, or else what am I doing here?), I will identify myself as the site’s “Senior Analyst.”

My pay will remain the same, but now I will feel freer to analyze the hell out of whatever comes along. Just so you know.

Full disclosure: I am the “senior” analyst around here not because there are any “junior analysts” running around, but because there is no one above me on the organizational chart. (In fact, luckily for me, there is no boss who can fire me or even tell me to go see my psychiatrist. That is what makes this job different from all other jobs I ever had — in or out of the media.)


This just in: Wow. I just googled NPR to see if Juan Williams is still listed anywhere and to see if I could find his old title, and I notice that in my Google search, the first thing at the top is an ad urging me to “DEFUND NPR” (Yikes! If they are going to follow my advice in my previous post, they better get cracking before it’s too late.) In searching the NPR website, I could not find anything resembling a masthead, which is probably just as well. They usually just breed resentment. Anyway, when I searched the NPR site, the most recent item I could find that mentions Juan Williams going back before last week was on Sept. 28, when he was identified as a plain-ol’ “NPR News Analyst.”

Over on the Fox News website, Williams is pretty easy to find. (He just did a victory lap tonight on O’Reilly.) In the Fox News copy about Williams, he is also identified as a plain “Fox News Analyst,” so at least I outrank him. He will have to console himself with the $2 million contract Fox just gave him (presumably for accomplishing the impossible — making Fox News look more responsible than NPR; actually, maybe it’s not enough).

Hey: Who do I talk to around here about a raise???




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