Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, November 5, 2012 10:25 pm

Quote of the day, wingnut invective edition

Today’s quote of the day comes from Athenae, who, as do I, has a little experience with having her intelligence, patriotism and sexuality questioned by people who are dumber than a box of rocks, would sell nukes to al-Qaeda if the price were right and would screw a snake if they could get someone to hold its head and, as do I, has lost all patience with professional journalists who see this invective as a reason not to report, you know, facts:

“There are worse things than a bunch of wingnuts calling you an asshole. I know they’re annoying and I know they’re loud right now, but if all it takes is loud and annoying to make editors and news directors do what you want them to do why hasn’t Matt Lauer been fired and forced to stand in Times Square covered in bees?”

Thursday, March 18, 2010 9:45 pm

If you want to get a feel for how “official Washington” thinks …

Filed under: Journalism — Lex @ 9:45 pm
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… (and by “official Washington,” I mean not only government officials but the major media types who “cover” them), you could do a lot worse than to read NYU j-prof Jay Rosen’s “Church of the Savvy” series. The mindset he describes is patently ridiculous — you really don’t want to think that grownups with any influence at all over our lives can think this way — and yet, like the best scientific theories, it adequately explains observed phenomena and can be used to predict outcomes reliably.

(Full disclosure: Jay’s thinking significantly informed some of the work I did at the N&R back in the day, and he and I were on a ConvergeSouth panel together one year.)

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