September 2nd, 2008


The Grey Lady is Insane

Safire vs Rich, Dowd vs Kristol?

Maybe it's asking a lot, but while I can agree that a newspaper like the Times should showcase a lively debate, it would make more sense if the people debating seemed like they were inhabiting the same universe together. The Rich/Safire divide is particularly stunning, because they couldn't be further apart.

From my standpoint, of course, Kristol and Safire are the sort of deluded asshats for which a special circle of Hell is reserved. Kristol seems only to be in the Times because it gives the Times a twofer -- they seem 'fair and balanced' while providing Kristol with a giant platform to shout to the skies what a fucking idiot he is. Safire is usually a more cogent thinker and writer, in that it's usually just Monday-Crossword hard to refute his political writing. Kristol is an embarrassment to conservatives everywhere -- he's not just wrong on the issues, he makes shit up and gets his facts wrong. It's as though the fact checkers at the Times don't even read his shit.

While I'm criticizing the Print Media

The Rolling Stone has stopped employing copy editors or fact checkers, apparently.

In the latest print issue, there's an article about the 10 year anniversary of "The Big Lebowski" in which they call it a "Gulf War Era Film." Apparently someone caught that because the on line version doesn't have that boner. Then, in the same issue, in another article, the word 'wining' appears where 'whining' should.

Coupled with Matt Taibbi calling Tom Delay the Speaker of the House a few weeks back, it sure seems like no one READS the articles before they print them.

Now I get things wrong all the time. But I'm not a high profile mass market magazine that theoretically has people whose job it is to keep stupid shit like this from appearing in print.