Interesting "facts" about Sean Penn according to his Wikipedia page (which has been shut down due to vandalism). He attended the Donald Duck school of journalism of Iraq where he is also a Pluto scholar. He has also attended George Soros school on how to be a turd. He finished in 2nd place behind Keith Olbermann. He currently resides in Imaginationland.
GLENN: Then there's this story out of San Francisco. Letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. Attacked, quote, the increasingly lamebrain paper and it was signed, Sean Penn, former San Francisco Chronicle contributing reporter. It's the same Sean Penn that we know and love. Several years ago during the run-up of the Gulf War, the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle assigned Sean Penn to report on his visits to Iran and Iraq. His writings were the most popular, quote, journalism in the paper. His letter as was in response to a recent article which was satire and it was entitled, "A Modest Proposal for Celebrities on the Skids" and it suggested that if your stardom was in decline, all you have to do was associate yourself with dictators and other authoritarian dictators. That's all you have to do. Just hang out with Hugo Chavez. Well, in the letter to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sean Penn said that Mr. Chavez, who he recently spent more time with was Democratically elected and that dictators don't lose constitutional referendums. He said that his visit to Venezuela was as a journalist.
Stu, will you do me a favor.
GLENN: Can you go on Wikipedia for me, and I know this isn't the answer, but it's the fastest right now. And then after Wikipedia, I want you to -- you know, we'll put a real journalist on this. Find out what journalism school Sean Penn graduated from.
STU: I'm sure it will be listed very soon in the Wikipedia entry by many of our listeners.
GLENN: He visited Venezuela as a journalist and then he says he got personal, calling the readers of the San Francisco Chronicle and the editors small-minded cowards and former writers of substance. Now, the editor said, quote, anybody who wants to do journalism can try but whether or not they are a journalist is not a judgment other people -- is not a judgment other people have to make. Whether they are a journalist or not is a judgment -- no, I'm sorry. Whether or not they are journalists -- hang on. Whether they are a journalist or not, yeah, I'm reading it right. Whether or not they are a journalist is a judgment that other people have to make.
Excuse me. Whether or not you are a journalist has everything to do -- did you go to journalism school. It's not, you don't just be -- it's not like knighthood. You just don't appoint someone a journalist, do you? Or is this the NBC theory of journalism? I don't know if you've seen the footage of NBC and the way they are laughing at the Republicans' responses on the economy.
Now, that's fine. I do it all the time. I laugh at the Republicans and the Democratics' responses on the economy. That's my job. But I'm a commentator. Nobody -- and I'll point that out. Nobody on MSNBC will point out that they're commentators. They are putting themselves out there as journalists and I'm sorry but they're not journalists. They may have graduated from journalism school but once you start commenting on the news, then you're a commentator. But nobody seems to want to do that and now the San Francisco Chronicle can apparently just appoint people journalists.
Well, I wonder if anybody will appoint me to be a journalist. Why not? I could go some place and chronicle my time there. Why don't I go to Guantanamo and chronicle my time there? Do you think that the San Francisco chronicle will allow me to go to Guantanamo Bay and write to them as a reporter, as a journalist? Do you think that they would let me? What did he say? I was Democratically elected, blah, blah, blah. I was visiting Venezuela as a journalist.
I'm wondering if I could just say I was visiting as a journalist and they would accept that hogwash from me. Highly doubt it.
You know the one special on TV that I'm actually excited for? Tonight on television? Life After People. I'm only excited for a couple of things because they keep showing, you know, the ads. I saw an ad in the USA Today and another one in the New York Times where it shows the Brooklyn bridge just, you know, falling down in disrepair, vines growing and everything else and I mean, I like the whole, you know, what would happen if these cities started to decay? I would like to see all of that stuff.
But here's the other reason. How do these people -- I mean, they can't be wrong. They can say what life is going to be like on planet Earth without people. Nobody's going to be here to say, wait a minute, this is wrong. They could say anything. "Well, balloon factories will start just making balloons by themselves and it will be a balloon race of people." Is the balloon factory, some big red balloon, we'll point to a blue balloon and say that balloon should be king. They can say anything and they're going to be right because nobody's going to be around to say, "Uh-uh, History Channel got it wrong."