**A post by Shifra**
In a recent article, the NYT wrote a scathing review of Michael Goldfarb, editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Entitled, ‘A Conservative Provocateur, Using a Blowtorch as His Pen,’ the writer seems to have relied heavily on a thesaurus to maximize his use of negative depictions.
For example, Goldfarb’s career did not “begin” at the Weekly Standard; rather, his career was “spawned.”
His work is characterized as “weaponized journalism,” and his “signature political attack can best be described as gleeful evisceration.”
And, faint praise from Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed.com: “There’s something to be said for stabbing people in the front in a town where everybody goes around all day stabbing each other in the back.”
Where does Goldfarb get his financial backing? “Often working with money from major Republican donors, most of whom have preferred anonymity…”
(Wait! Don’t Daily Kos and Moveon.org get their funding from sources who prefer anonymity, i.e. George Soros? Oh well…)
The article describes a skirmish between Goldfarb and liberal writer John Fang. Writing in The Nation, Fang linked
…work that Orion has done for Taiwan to articles in The Free Beacon voicing criticism of the Obama administration for blocking a sale to Taiwan of F-16 jets.
Mr. Goldfarb denied any connection between his work at Orion and the articles, saying he did not personally handle Taiwan’s account or write the articles.
But The Free Beacon responded viscerally, with a report featuring pictures of Mr. Fang — who formerly wrote for the anonymously financed liberal blog ThinkProgress that frequently attacks the Kochs — shirtless and blowing a thick cloud of smoke. The headline read: “High Times at The Nation.”
…I think he’s just out to hurt people,” said Mr. Fang, who first tangled with Mr. Goldfarb when he was writing for ThinkProgress about the Kochs. “I don’t understand what his greater goal is; what would be the perfect solution to fix the most serious problems in America?”
(How ‘bout the gubmint spending less?)
Gosh, I think John’s feelings were hurt.
Anyway, having never done so, I decided it was now time for me to check out The Nation.
As soon as I googled their name, I was greeted by a blaring ad:
Don’t Let Republicans Rig the Next Presidential Election!
And, some headlines:
• Death Row Prisoner Swearingen May Be Innocent. Do Texas Courts Care?
• Sequestration Sacrifices Jobs to Save Billionaire Tax Breaks
• Pete Peterson’s Puppet Populists: The “Fix the Debt” campaign is pure astroturf: corporate cash machinery masquerading as a grassroots uprising
• If the Catholic Church is to change, the first thing that needs to happen is no pope, and certainly not an infallible one
I had enough.
But, being slightly masochistic, I decided to go over to The Daily Kos. There, I stumbled upon a hit piece entitled, ‘The Hurricane Katrina Hall of Shame,’ in which the author helpfully explains:
It’s a collection of quotes and goings-on by Bush administration officials, cronies, and other right-wing thugs over a period of three weeks after Katrina hit. (Yes, even John McCain makes an appearance–he slept through the crisis with the rest of ’em.)
The author was outraged by the Bush administration “ineptitude.” He adds: “Today they give off a stink worse than anything you’ve ever had to scrape off the bottom of your shoe.”Among the list of “sins” perpetrated by the Bush administration, the author is particularly outraged at the following:
Just moments ago at the Ferragamo on 5th Avenue, Condoleezza Rice was seen spending several thousands of dollars on some nice, new shoes. A fellow shopper, unable to fathom the absurdity of Rice’s timing, went up to the Secretary and reportedly shouted, “How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!” Never one to have her fashion choices questioned, Rice had security PHYSICALLY REMOVE the woman. [In addition to shoe shopping, Rice also went to see Spamalot on Broadway, and played tennis with Monica Seles.]
(I’m not sure what they expected of Ms. Rice. Was she supposed to don goggles and a wet suit, and personally save the residents of New Orleans?)
Surely, though, if the Daily Kos was outraged at the Bush Administration officials’ handling of the Katrina crisis, surely they would be equally upset by the Obama Administration’s handling (mishandling? un-handling?) of Benghazi.
So, I googled “Daily Kos” and “Benghazi.” Here’s what I got:
And Now comes the Benghazi Security Smear:
ABC News is now ginning up an allegation that the State Department denied a request for additional Security by the Libyan embassy – and suggesting that in some way the Obama Administration bears some responsibilty (sic) for the death of Ambassdor (sic) Stevens and 3 others as a result of the Beghazi (sic) attack last month.
Well, it looks like Liberals can sure “dish it out.” But they can’t “take it.”
So, here’s a memo to Mr. Fang, the NYT, and Libs everywhere:
As Sarah Palin said:
“We’re Here, We’re Clear, Get Used To It!”