It shouldn’t be surprising in the least that an article praising blogger Murray Chass like this:
He has now been blogging for over three years, though I would not call it that. Chass has simply continued to write his old column, which is so far above the level of what is generally called blogging as to be a higher category altogether.
Would go on to make a mistake like this:
In his column, Chass has provided a superb summation of the press’s near hysterical reaction over an arbitrator’s decision to throw out Matt Braun’s 50-game suspension for a positive drug test.
Nor should it be surprising that Murray Chass-tises (see what I did there?) media outlets for their judgment on Braun, writing:
What’s a guy [Braun] to do? He’s guilty if he’s found to be guilty, and he’s guilty if he’s found to be innocent. Besides being viewed as guilty despite the arbitrator’s ruling that overturned the 50-game suspension, Braun faces even more insulting outrage from the news media.
Even though, he himself once based accusations of Mike Piazza’s steroid use on the fact that the New York Mets’ catcher had backne:
When steroids became a daily subject in newspaper articles I wanted to write about Piazza’s acne-covered back. I was prepared to describe it in disgusting living color. But two or three times my editors at The New York Times would not allow it. Piazza, they said, had never been accused of using steroids so I couldn’t write about it.
But wait, I said, if I write about it, I will in effect be accusing Piazza of using steroids and then someone will have accused him of using steroids. No can do, I was told. I always took the veto to stem from the Times ultra conservative ways, but I also wondered if it maybe was the baseball editor, a big Mets’ fan, protecting the Mets.
Or you know, maybe the baseball editor didn’t want to publish the same type of baseless speculation that Chass lambastes in his more recent piece.
At least those going after Braun have a positive test, even though it’s since been overturned, as evidence. All Chass has are a bunch of pimples. And a blog. He still has that.