Mrs. Russert Blogs: Maureen Orth notes that "Elvis's death in 1977 rated two paragraphs in People Magazine." But, if memory serves, that's not entirely because the culture of celebrity wasn't well-developed back then (Orth's point). It's because in 1977 Elvis was not such a big deal. ... P.S.: Why isn't Orth blogging for HuffPo? Memo to Arianna:She seems like a natural fit. Memo to Orth: It's not bloggy to let a few little disagreements get in the way of mutually beneficial traffic-sharing. Enmity is so print. The Web's win-win! ... There, I've brought them together.... 12:56 A.M.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
New Orwell on Offense: Andrew Sullivan excoriates pundits who exhibited "spectacular misjudgment about the war in Iraq," something that he says "should consign the author to irrelevance." Fair enough. ** [But Sullivan excludes anyone who "explicitly explained why he was wrong and apologized," and Sullivan has apologized, abjectly--ed. Lucky for Sullivan that apology loophole got in there! But, as old saying goes: 'A man who apologizes abjectly for spectacular misjudgment in the past will probably apologize abjectly for spectacular misjudgment in the future." ] ... P.S.: Victor Davis Hanson responds effectively to Sullivan's blast. ... Dean Barnett notes that, in the course of defending the New Republic against Hanson, Sullivan calls Scott Thomas Beauchamp is a "fabulist." ...
**--Mr. Excitable! "At this point, it seems to me that a refusal to extend the war to Iraq is not even an option. We have to extend it to Iraq," A. Sullivan, October 17, 2001 ... [via handy PJM blog reaction page ] 9:21 P.M. link
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
NSFKF: I've been looking for the fabled "darker postings" of now-fired, cease-and-desist-lettered New Republic leaker Robert McGee, but I haven't been able to find them. Maybe they don't exist! ... The best I can do is a now-unlinked blog reference to an "interview with Jeff Gannon's penis." But really, doesn't everyone's penis blog these days? ...
Update: That unlinked interview is available via the Wayback Machine. [Tks. to reader G.M.] ...
Oh, wait ... : Yikes. Definitely NSFW. ... Those kids! ... I still don't think that just because someone "maintain[s] a porn blog" it's OK for The New Republic to try to muzzle him. ... 11:07 P.M. link