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Esquire Reviles D.C. Punditry and Politico

If there’s one clear thought in this blistering late Monday afternoon post, it’s that Esquire‘s Charles P. Pierce, a journo since 1976, hates Washington punditry. Whether it’s actually in Washington or not. What really incenses Pierce is basically any utterance from Random House Exec. Editor and former Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham, who’s actually based in New York and can often be found at the fancy media enclave Michael’s if Pierce wants to catch up with him. Pierce critiques a piece by Meacham published in TIME Monday asking if Newt Gingrich could be the next FDR. Meacham answers the question with this: “Highly unlikely, but let’s remember today’s dwarf is sometimes tomorrow’s giant.”

A sampling of Pierce’s post that includes a crack on Politico‘s Mike Allen:

“I mean where in the name of god do I go with this kind of fanzine bullshit? (And you had to know Mike Allen would be wrapped up in there, too. With the advent of that promised e-book, we may be close to the event horizon of Washington suck-up-itude.) Meacham’s work here is what Walter Lippmann would’ve produced if he’d worked for Tiger Beat.”

Something else that’s abundantly clear: Pierce’s strong dislike for Politico and that’s putting it mildly. A headline on a post this morning reads: “Stuff in Politico That Makes Me Want to Guzzle Antifreeze, Paul Ryan Edition.”


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