In the video above, Bernard Goldberg, Fox News analyst and frequent guest on the “O’Reilly Factor,” holds forth on Chris Matthews, the importance of a fair media in a democratic society, and Erik Wemple: “There are many smart, thoughtful, serious people who write about the media, but Erik Wemple, sadly, is not one of them,” said Goldberg.

It’s fine that Goldberg thinks something I wrote was dumb, less fine that his rebuttal rests on insulting my intelligence. Though I have criticized Goldberg in the past, I have also credited him. What I hope is consistent across all my mentions of Goldberg is an unwillingness to reach conclusions about where his opinions situate him along the continuum of media-critic IQs. That doesn’t seem relevant to anything.

UPDATE: Nothing Goldberg said about me, however, could compare to this e-mail that I received today from a viewer:

Ahyuk Ahyuk . That feller at Fox news shore took you to skool on the first amenement . Now does you unnerstan why you aint important but sometimes you is ? Yore problem is bein disagreeuble and snotty . I hope you lernt somethin .