Thursday, November 29, 2007

Gawker on the Joe Klein / Glenn Greenwald disagreement:

Truly awful.

For being so shallow, these Beautiful People deserve whatever government they get. What Kevin Drum said is right-on:
The vast emptiness at the core of what these people do [at Gawker] is almost unfathomable, and their self-loathing ranks right up there with crack addicts and pole dancers at seedy nightclubs.


Why drive traffic to that pit of idiocy? Here's a cut/paste.

The Liberal Hordes Will Destroy Joe Klein And Also Spike Web Traffic

JOE-GLENN Two men who wear ties—Westchester dad and Time columnist Joe Klein and hot bloggy lawyer-liberal Salon boy Glenn Greenwald—are deep in a vicious tussle over a recent Klein column. In his Time column, Klein sort of made up an interpretation of a proposed bill and then went on a tirade about how America is pandering to terrorists. Now the liberals want Joe Klein to be fired! And Glenn Greenwald has written seven posts about Klein and how terrible Time magazine is in the last week.

# Joe was like, the Demon-crats want American courts to approve investigations of foreign terrorists!

# Then Glenn and everyone was just like "It just does not."

# Then Joe made it worse! And Glenn was all "what country do you live in?"

# And then Glenn was like "Time Magazine has done a superb service for the country by illustrating everything that is rancid and corrupt with our political media." MEOW.

# And Time put up a pretty iffy correction.

# And Joe was like shrug, I don't really know anything and can't figure this out.

# And the pitchfork-hoisting mob was like CRUCIFY HIM CRUCIFY HIM. Which is sort of a good point!

# Now poor Joe can't blog at all without his comments sections being taken over by calls for his big mistaken head!

# Except one commenter was like:

It's already a win-win for Time. The controversy drives extra traffic to Swampland. But all the extra eyeballs here are people who already know Joe is wrong and why. In the meantime, the print edition will "cover the controversy" and in exactly the same way that Genesis gets promoted to a reasonable scientific theory in classrooms, The RW misrepresentations will get elevated to a plausable alternative to the actual text of the bill. And Joe doesn't get laughed off the playground by his DLC buddies.

Which is definitely a good point.

By Blogger riffle, at 11/29/2007 9:55 PM  

If Joe Klein hooked up a vibrator with his laptop he could give himself a lap dance - and at the same time come up with more crap for his columns.

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 11/30/2007 2:51 AM  

WTF? At what point did you and Drum actually get the impression that Gawker was serious about anything other than happy hour, and blatantly so?

This is like some trippy sitcom episode where Les Nessman stumbles upon Fark and mistakes it for a news site, and spends the next 20 minutes preaching against the hazards of taking one's news from the intartubes instead of one's reliable and safe radio news caster.

I mean. Seriously? You're joking us, right?

By Blogger Grimmtooth, at 11/30/2007 11:33 AM  

The reason I mentioned it was because it came up on Google's Blog Search when I entered "Joe Klein". It was one of the higher-ranked entries (which usually means it's worthwhile - traffic and links and all that).

And not looking closely at the URL, clicked on it. Once there, I realized it was Gawker and it reminded me of Drum's post. I still think my post has merit in that it shows what some people out there (presumably liberally minded) are reading.

By Blogger Quiddity, at 11/30/2007 12:34 PM  

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