David Simon, creator of the American television series, The Wire:
- Opposes marijuana legalization because he says it will only help rich white kids, which isn’t true.
- Opposes the free dissemination of information, encouraging major media companies to form a cartel aimed at ensuring only rich people like him can afford to read the news.
- Supports intellectual property laws that guarantee people like him are overpaid, arguing that “journalism, literature, film, music — these endeavors need people operating at the highest professional level,” by which he means: I like living in a big house (ask yourself: does the best journalism, literature, film and music tend to be produced by the really rich or those that don’t much care for money?)
- Supports Barack Obama’s dragnet PRISM program, which collects data on all phone calls placed in the United States, on the look how much I know basis that the government has done stuff like this before, the only thing different being “the scale.” Yes, David. And LOL
All of which is to say: The Wire had its moments, but it was still just a cop show and as a one-time straight news reporter I found the last season to be unwatchable. Newspapers always sucked and I hope the next gig David Simon is up for is given to a blogger.