Thursday, January 24, 2013

How Has Your Fourth Estate Failed You Today?

In all the usual ways.

* From Charles P. Pierce:

If I thought there was an ounce of shame left in the little fiefdom carved out by Fred Hiatt at The Washington Post, the once-great newspaper now d/b/a, a subsidiary of the educational-testing industry, I would suggest that he unload Jennifer Rubin, who is unaccountably still an employee after being wrong about everything that happened in the year 2012. Having gotten over the shock she undoubtedly received on Monday when Willard Romney was not sworn in as president, Rubin has gone back to work at her usual corner. Today's Lunch Special — anonymous innuendo about Chuck Hagel, the president's nominee for Secretary of Defense, who has gotten himself crosswise with Rubin because she is a Likud propagandist in neocon drag, and because she is wrong about everything, and because Fred Hiatt is a hack who doesn't realize the damage she's done to his brand over the past year.
In this deeply sucky economy  there sure are a lot of people still gainfully employed in very lucrative and influential positions who have been laughably and publicly wrong about everything for a long time.

And there sure are a lot of people who devote a lot of effort to make sure no one who would ever be so rude as to ask why this is so ever gets with shouting distance of a hot mic.  

It's almost as if there is some sort of exclusive, secret, twatwaffle mutual aid society hard at work behind the scenes every day working to fuck everything up.

Some sort of confederacy of the shrill, the loutish and the incompetent being kept safe from the consequence from their marauding nincompoopery behind a massive shield of money and influence.

Some sort of

And you are not in it.

*UPDATE:  Link fixed and thanks to Mr. Stephens for the catch.


OBS said...

First rule of clout club is to not talk about clout club!

Fearguth said...

God moves in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Jengahzi's latest screed:

Quoting Eliott Abrams to criticize the Adminstration's national security management failures on 9-11.

(Yes, 9-11-2012, not that other one, whatever it was.)

Matthew Stephens said...

Linkee need fixee.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Fred Hiatt posts are total thndr-bait.

Will Wyatt said...

I realize its silly for one scourer of the internet to turn to another scourer of the internet and say, "Did you see this?"


Fritz Strand said...

WaPo 'once great' my ass. They got their whole cred for a short period in the seventies during Watergate.

You will not find a paper more dedicated to hippy punching, anti-unionism and note takers for the power elite than the Post. Because in D.C., it's just the easiest thing to do.

gratuitous said...

Jennifer Rubin: This decade's Elisabeth Bumiller. And if you don't recognize that name, go to the New York Times website for a sampling of her work. Mostly Monday morning valentines to George W. Bush, the manliest, strongest, smartest, ginchiest person ever to stride the corridors of power.

No, really.