June 12, 2011
The Flasher and the Journalist Flash MobsBy Clarice Feldman
I was hoping to avoid discussing the Weiner situation, my inclination being to avoid listening or reading any information at all about other people's sex lives, preferring (as someone whose name I've forgotten said) to just assume everyone has an incredibly rich and fulfilling one. Why ruin that fantasy by reading puerile mash notes and looking at adolescent type pudenda shots, even if they are of political figures?
Weiner didn't let me ignore this nonsense. He continued this sad tale for another week.
The longer this goes on the more media stars he's taking down with him. Salon's editor, Joan Walsh, probably was the most severely wounded of the Weiner journo Special Forces. She stood at the ramparts and fired away at his detractors long after smarter folks ducked for cover.
(You may remember Joan. She made an issue of how stupid G W Bush is and was mortified to learn that the two of them had identical SAT scores.)
I don't think he is stupid, but she finally conceded this week that she looked
Yes, indeed, "to the mat." Ask Maxine Waters how "to the mat" a House Ethics investigation is when her party fired the investigator, refused to replace him and continues to allow her to skate despite very obvious and serious ethical violations.
In any event, you might want to save these Walsh words of wisdom, because they are the DNC's (and their media shills') standard spiel when one of theirs is caught with his briefs down: It's all a terrible partisan lie; it's private; it's between him and his wife; because he isn't a "family values moralizer" he isn't a hypocrite. Hypocrite apparently is the only mortal sin in the left's quiver.
Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection finds this last argument less than winning:
But Walsh wasn't finished. Just as pressure was mounting to force Weiner's resignation, three "anonymous" sources told the New York Times that his wife, Huma Abedin (Hillary Clinton's Girl Friday) is in the early stages of a pregnancy. Huma was in Africa with Hillary and made no comment on the report, nor did Weiner, who was otherwise occupied when another Weiner crotch shot -- this time sans culottes -- was making its way through the new media.
I was skeptical, thinking it was a convenient ploy to win him time and sympathy. So was Professor Althouse.
Cripes Suzette saw in this a familiar pattern going back to Chappaquiddick and Joan Kennedy's now-you-see -it-now-you-don't just in time pregnancy.
Joan "kinda stupid" Walsh bought it entirely, however. Unfortunately for Huma and Anthony, the news had an opposite effect on her:
This is probably why I was smart to avoid a career in public relations -- I mean how do you figure out what line works and on whom? Especially with so many kinda stupid people around.
I mean Walsh is not the only dumbbell with a readership. The New York Times fell quite naturally into place, and James Taranto noticed:
The latest polls show the voters in his District still support him, though the ones I saw counted both registered and non-registered voters and Don Surber warns:
The week closed with the New York Times and the Washington Post, proving once again why the benighted campaign finance reform act which allows these papers to act as unpaid arms of the DNC while restricting what everyone who doesn't own a printing press can say is a monstrous perversion. Also it shows the editors of these papers are at least as stupid as the editor of Salon.
Alaska released 24,000 of Sarah Palin's emails dating from her time as Governor of the State and both papers whipped up flash mobs of unpaid Sarah haters to comb them for dirt the papers could run. If the effort proved successful, it should have persuaded the stockholders to fire all the reporters and follow the Huffington Post model. Who pays for services available elsewhere for nothing? And why not ditch the editors? Just run everything past the DNC before hitting the "print" button.
The Daily Caller captured both papers in the Act:
It didn't take long for outraged readers to respond. On the hot seat, the papers took different approaches.
The NYT denied it had ever made an appeal for readers to investigate the emails, an appeal we have just quoted and cited:
Perhaps Spokesperson Ha just doesn't read her paper. I mean, who actually does any more?
The Washington Post was also smarting and indicated in its Daily Fix blog it was reconsidering outsourcing this very important investigation to a flash mob. (Maybe they'll use one to look into Obama's missing biographical everything or to help with a detailed look at the 2,000 page ObamaCare which by all reports is going to be held unconstitutional by the Eleventh Circuit. I mean now that it's passed, it would be nice to know what is in this job killing, unconstitutional monstrosity.)
The Post's Ombudsman said the whole mess began because the emails were "irresistible."
It's this kind of professional judgment that separates the professionals from the amateurs I guess.
At the Wall Street Journal, Daniel Heninger says this is Obama's worst week ever. But for those of us who think the mainstream media is so ludicrous it deserves to be unemployed, this week was fabulous.
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