Humorless, marauding Kossacks mau mau the media [Karl]
It turns out that the denizens of the Daily Kos are just as humorless as the presidential candidate they support.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Newsbusters notes that the Kos Kidz wereÃ‚Â able to bully the Austin American-Statesman into pulling a mildly satirical article on the Netroots Nation conclave in Austin.Ã‚Â Apparently, some could not find the humor in a piece referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asÃ‚Â “arguably so left-leaning that her parenthetical should be D-Beijing.”Ã‚Â Or could notÃ‚Â chuckle overÃ‚Â the sight of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman “wearing, as if to galvanize stereotype, what appeared to be Birkenstocks” to a panel “that was essentially about how the media weren’t liberal enough.” (BTW, Newsbusters also has a copy of the full article.)
Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher apparently alerted the nutroots to this crime against journalism by postingÃ‚Â a summary of the article onÃ‚Â his diary at DailyKos.Ã‚Â (Yes, the editor of “America’s oldest journal covering the newspaper industry” maintains a diary on dKos.)Ã‚Â He was upset that it appeared on the front page, though the print edition which upset him clearly identified the author, Patrick Beach, as a “features writer.”
The irony here is that the Beach article contains this:
It’s plinking bass in a barrel to paint liberals as overly intellectual types incapable of having fun unless reading Noam Chomsky counts, and it sure does for them…
So Beach — and his paper –Ã‚Â knew how this feature would be received.Ã‚Â Accordingly, the paper should have had a semblance of a spine in standing by their story.
The other irony is that, unless Beach has undergone a total ideological conversion since ourÃ‚Â days on the college paper, this is another case of the Left enforcing an ideological purity on otherwise friendly media.Ã‚Â Pat was no right-winger when I knew him, but he knew a target-rich environment when he saw one.Ã‚Â I would bet that is still the case.