Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Three Dumbasses

Not every dumbass is a dumbass all the time. The third dumbass in my post is someone I usually like but today she's a dumbass. The first dumbass is always a dumbass so that's why I'm posting his dumbass picture.

Dumbass #1

The second generation neocon, John Podhoretz, is not only a columnist for the Fox-owned New York Post, Putzeretz is also the Editorial Page Editor.

Congratulations, Putzeretz, this might be the stupidest shit I ever read in my entire life.

The "opinion" column is entitled "Elephant Panic" and here's the stupidest parts:

"There's a lot of dark talk in Republican and conservative circles about the mainstream media — about the one-sidedness of the coverage of current political issues and how the American people are being manipulated, especially on the Terri Schiavo matter."

"No question about it, the media are on the prowl against the GOP — but there's something unseemly about the right-wing whining. Media bias isn't worse this year than last, when Republicans somehow managed to win the White House and gain three Senate seats."

"Even so, the fear of media manipulation remains as strong as ever, and might well get stronger still. Conservatives are baffled at the weird turn in the political fortunes of the Republicans, and the anti-media line offers them an easy answer to a complex problem."

King dumbass of all dumbasses, you're the fucking media. You're the fucking media. You're the fucking media.

And anyone who read this pile of crap and agreed with Putzeretz's condemnation of the media is an even bigger dumbass.

Dumbass #2

Katharine Q. Seelye's article in today's New York Times - "A Boldface Name Invites Others to Blog With Her" is responsible for giving me two dumbasses to fill out this post (Note - if you enter dailykos as the name and password you can avoid registering with the Times in order to read their NEWS articles and their "news" articles as well).

Katharine Q. Seelye is a dumbass for the second line of these two lines I've taken from her story:

"Started nearly a decade ago by Matt Drudge, the Drudge Report lifts potentially hot news from obscurity and blares it across a virtual "front page," usually before anyone else. While his squibs are sometimes cast with a conservative slant, his "developing" scoops often send the mainstream media scrambling to catch up."

Dumbass, Matt Drudge doesn't "sometimes cast with a conservative slant."

Very rarely...

Very, very rarely, Matt Drudge doesn't "sometimes cast with a conservative slant." You're a dumbass, Ms. Seelye for claiming the exact opposite of the truth.

Dumbass #3

Oh...Arianna...what's wrong with you? I welcome more voices in the blogosphere but everything I read about your project, The Puffington Post, suggests that it's the furthest thing from a blog. It seems to be a magazine one can read on the Internet. I love Counterpunch and I still like David Corn but neither one of them has a blog in my opinion.

In my opinion, blogs are for regular people. Not celebrities. Now...if you're planning to cover stories and dig up facts and do real journalism then I'll reconsider that. David Corn and Alexander Cockburn and Greg Palasts are journalists and they don't do specific research - for the most part - for the sake of their blogging audience.

I even respect the wingnuts as fellow bloggers. I don't consider Norman Mailer - my idol - a threat to me or Atrios or the farmer or The Common Ills or Tas or anyone else I read. And they're not going to be one. Because we already have audiences. Celebrity bloggers might bring new audiences but our audiences are doing just fine without celebrity bloggers.

Here are the quotes attributed to Arianna Huffington from Ms. Seelye's article that pissed me off:

"She has lined up more than 250 of what she calls "the most creative minds" in the country."

"Having prominent people join the blogosphere, Ms. Huffington said in an interview, "is an affirmation of its success and will only enrich and strengthen its impact on the national conversation."

"You're actually already doing the hardest work of a blogger: having interesting opinions and fresh takes on the hot stories of the day," she wrote. "We'll just provide a megaphone."

"By having so many interesting people taking part, there will always be somebody posting something interesting."

Dumbass. There are plenty of creative minds in the blogosphere. We don't need prominent people to start blogging to affirm anything. Having interesting opinions is not the hardest work of a blogger; spending hours and hours researching and digging for no fucking pay is the hardest work of any blogger worth a damn. And you don't have to be a fucking celebrity blogger to be interesting.

And you know what? I don't care what you say now. I still don't trust you. I appreciate that you seem to be more on our side...but I'll never forget the way you acted during your former husband's crazy gubernatorial races in California. And you were a wingnut-and-a-half just a few years ago.

If you're not going to help or give credit to real fucking bloggers then I have no fucking use for you. Because real fucking bloggers help each other. And we don't need your stinking celebrity bloggers. Some of the bloggers that have been doing this for a few years have achieved their own level of celebritiness through blogging and although I may not agree with all of them I respect that they earned their celebrity by doing this. Maybe if you offer to allow real fucking bloggers to share your celebrity blogger Website I'll reconsider my opinion about this. But I found this article extremely offensive and condescending.

Thank you, Jay Rosen, for sticking up for us: "These aren't exactly people who lack voice or visibility in our culture," he said in an e-mail message. "Gwyneth Paltrow has no incentive to speak candidly and alienate future ticket buyers. Barry Diller doesn't have time to hunt down juicy links for his readers. And where does Jon Corzine fit into any conversation those two might be having?"

"Get ready for the next level in the blogosphere." No, Katharine Q. Seelye, you're wrong. This is not the next level in the blogosphere.

If you want a taste of the next level you will find it here and it has a name. It's called ePluribus Media and it's not just essentially a new name for Harper's Magazine and it's more than just the next level in the blogosphere. It also happens to be the next level in journalism.

So fuck off, celebrity bloggers.


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