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Mickey Kaus Responds to Salon Hack 30 List

Salon’s Alex Pareene wrote a funny, comprehensive and much needed list of 30 hack media personalities. It actually turned into a little holding yappers accountable for some of their statements. Anyway, Mickey Kaus was number 25.

Pareene writes:

Repeat offenses: Relentless contrarianism, declarations of liberalism while advocating hard-right positions, rather openly accused Gary Condit of murder.

Kaus tweeted a response Saturday, Thanksgiving weekend. It links to his story in Newsweek.

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Gawker Takes on David Broder

David Broder, the top centrist columnist in the country, picked up (by last count) 218 newspapers is being taken down a peg by those new media whippers.

Alex Pareene pens a mock Broder column:

Useless Old Man Fed Up With Useless Old Legislative Body
By David S. Broder
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Congress is broken. Partisanship is bad. Partisans are bad. Whatever you think of the thing that this column is ostensibly about, about which I will offer no actual opinion or analysis, you have to agree that it is bad when politicians act like politicians.

Democrats tell me one thing. Republicans tell me another thing. Which one of them is right? The answer is that they are both bad because they cannot come together to tell me one thing.

Brilliant.

Real New York Times Exposes Fake McCain Adviser

Hoaxspan.jpgPeople are certainly taking the fake news trend to an extreme these days. Yesterday was all about the fake New York Times and today comes word that Martin Eisenstadt, the “McCain adviser” who was apparently behind the rumor (a commenter points out we should clarify: the pranksters falsely claimed to be behind it “they have no reason to cast doubt on the original story. For its part, Fox News Channel continues to stand behind its story.”) that Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent (a attribution picked up and spread by David Shuster, among others) does not even exist! Nor does his fake Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. He and it are all just figments of the Internets! The (real) NYT is on the case. Turns out the people behind Eisenstadt et al are “a pair of obscure filmmakers” — nevertheless they fooled a whole lot of people:

And the claim of credit for the Africa anecdote is just the latest ruse by Eisenstadt, who turns out to be a very elaborate hoax that has been going on for months. MSNBC, which quickly corrected the mistake, has plenty of company in being taken in by an Eisenstadt hoax, including The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.

But wait! The Times and the obscure filmmakers save their harshest criticism for the blogosphere:

They say the blame lies not with them but with shoddiness in the traditional news media and especially the blogosphere…Most of Eisenstadt’s victims have been bloggers, a reflection of the sloppy speed at which any tidbit, no matter how specious, can bounce around the Internet.

Oh really? Not all the bloggers, that’s for sure!

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The New York Times: What’s Not to Love?

nytimes-logo.jpgMaybe it’s because The New York Times declares itself to be the “paper of record” (and then hires Bill Kristol) that we are all so quick to point out its shortcomings. Or maybe it was the fact they tried to get us to pay for their opinion. Or maybe it was that whole WMD thing. No doubt, everyone has their own reason. Over at VF Daily, a number of men folk are hashing out why it’s just so darn easy to “hate” the Times (and by “hate” we really mean kvetch, because, newspapers being what they are, it’s hard to hate something you’re this dependent on, or even be more than mildly annoyed actually). Some thoughts:

Jonah Golberg: “The Times is the coxswain, the one setting the pace for the entire culture. Sociologically, it just matters more. Ideologically, it drives me fucking bonkers.”

Michael Wolff: “Almost in inverse proportion to its own survivability, The New York Times becomes more and more holier-than-thou…You’ve lost your way journalistically, you’ve lost your way from a business standpoint, you’ve lost your way from an authoritative standpoint, and yet you are still so holier-than-thou.”

Jack Shafer
: People love to hate their newspaper for the same reason they love to hate their relatives.”

Alex Pareene: “The Times is responsible for me having a job, basically.”

David Carr: “The reflexive, baked-in desire to constantly take apart the Times is, I think, the hobgoblin of underemployed and understimulated minds.” Snap!