A View From The Handbasket

Saturday, April 15, 2006
Oh, dear, they seem angry
Posted by neros_fiddle at 12:25 PM
The "liberal" Washington Post has a bizarre hit piece on lefty blogs today that seems straight out of the "Dean Scream" school.

It all starts with the photo:

and gets better in the copy:

The front door opens and in comes her 6-year-old son, Terry, home from school, who starts batting around a blue balloon at the other end of the living room, batting it closer to her, closer, closer. She searches through her iTunes library until she finds one of her favorite downloads -- not music, but a speech by a character named Howard Beale in the movie "Network." She presses "play" and turns up the volume. "I want you to get mad!" Beale shouts at one point. "I want you to get mad!" she shouts along, startling Terry. "What?" he says, backing away with his balloon.


Meanwhile, over on Eschaton, Dave is writing, "As a matter of fact -- I do hate Bush!"

On Rude Pundit: "George W. Bush is the anti-Midas. Everything he touches turns to [expletive]."

On the Smirking Chimp: "I. Despise. These. [Expletive]!"

And on Daily Kos and My Left Wing, the responses keep rolling in.

"Thank you, Maryscott."

"Thank you for the kick in the [expletive]."

"I wrote to my [expletive] so-called representatives."

"I also wrote to my [expletive] congressman to get off his [expletive] [expletive] and do the right [expletive] thing."

Get it? Lefty bloggers are borderline insane people so consumed with rage that they ignore their kids and sit around at their computers all day, faces contorted with unending hate, composing profanity-laced, barely grammatical screeds. (And probably twisted by childhood trauma for good measure, as the piece makes sure to talk at length about O'Connor's father getting killed in Vietnam before she was born.) Because, you know, you can't oppose the administration without being stupid, crazy or both.

Michelle Malkin must be beside herself with glee this morning.

Pardon me if this is obvious, but you can cherry-pick comments from any semi-popular blog or message forum to prove that the inhabitants are deranged. (Except this one, of course. We aren't even semi-popular, and all our posters and commenters are intelligent, reasonable and unusually attractive.) The Post doesn't care about the impassioned, provocative writing at Whiskey Bar or the expert commentary at Unclaimed Territory or the unending parade of incriminating evidence at Crook and Liars. No, they primly gasp in shock as they point at The Rude Pundit, totally missing the whole point of his blog (or the idea that the Internet is big enough to contain all different styles of commentary). They grab comments from the baying mob over at Eschaton -- gosh, the Internet is full of hasty, angry message postings? Who knew?

And all this is portrayed as somehow confined to the left. Where's the blockbuster expose of the genocidal racism of Little Green Footballs? The fact-free bizarro world of WorldNetDaily? They're probably too busy trawling those places for the next Ben Domenech.

More importantly, how can I get distorted by the WaPo? I need the hits.

UPDATE: Here's how Maryscott O'Connor would rather we see her:

I like the fact that it's on the Fox News set.

Her side of the story is on her blog (linked above).

After reading a bit over there, it struck me how much the writer missed the "gallows humor" aspect of so much of the "angry" commentary he talked about. The fact that he never read a blog before starting on the piece says volumes. It's sort of like someone who's never heard rap before writing a big article on it and never getting past the fact that there's no melody.

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