Posts from April 18, 2004

The people meet power

The people meet power
: A few days ago, I suggested that bloggers should be invited to Pres press conferences. It may happen in the U.K. sooner than it happens here. Tom Watson, MP, likes the idea.


: Ana Marie Cox — Wonkette — gets mondo ipublicity in the NY Times, which turns catty on cattiness.

With her gossipy, raunchy, potty-mouthed blog, Ms. Cox, a 31-year-old self-described failed journalist, has grabbed the attention of staid Washington, where gossip columns usually amount to little more than records of Capitol Hill staff changes and James Carville sightings. As she puts it, her mission for her blog ( is to write “a blend of gossip and satire and things I make up.” …

Despite some criticism, Ms. Cox’s knack for mockery has attracted quite a following. Wonkette has reached bookmark status for Washington media fanatics since it went online in January….

In a relatively short time, she has drawn her share of detractors. Mr. Leiby described her as a “foulmouthed, inaccurate, opinionated little vixen.” Jack Shafer of Slate called Ms. Cox a “heaving puke” in a column that also lambasted, the New York-based gossip blog created in 2002 by Nick Denton, the publisher behind Wonkette. “Her enthusiasm for penis jokes cannot be as great as her blog suggests,” Mr. Shafer wrote. The Columbia Journalism Review scolded Ms. Cox for covering the Kerry intern rumor as if it were true, a criticism Ms. Cox was eager to point out. “They accused me of trying to out-Drudge Drudge,” she said triumphantly. “Which I love, and I’d do it if I could.”

: UPDATE: NZ Bear catches the Times in a bit of Wonkettesque selective unreporting itself. Times reporter Julie Bosman quotes Jack Shaffer’s “heaving puke” headling but not the subhead: “Nothing like an abusive headline to grab your interest, eh?” And not other words of slathering praise for the Wonkster.

People who live on glass heels should not stomp their feet.

: Further…. I looked back at Wonkette (catching up on my post-Bloggercon reading) and found a convenient list of all the Kerry sex links. The Times’ characterization of Wonkette on Kerry was unfair.

They were trying to be snarky on snarkiness and, well, that’s hardly a core competency of The Times, is it?

I think they’re jealous.

It’s shocking that no one — neither the Washington Post nor The Times — thought to think of Washington in gossip and sex terms. Did we learn nothing between JFK and Clinton? Jeesh.

Ana Marie Cox and Nick Denton drove Wonkette into a hole in coverage big enough for a… well, a pimpmobile.

: The Times did one thing right: Finally, a decent picture of Wonkette. I’m telling you: there’s TV in her future.

The Daily Stern: Weekend edition

The Daily Stern: Weekend edition

: AMERICA UNDERGOES AN EFFECTOMY: It keeps getting more ridiculous every day:

At WTKK-FM (96.9), host Jay Severin is no longer allowed to use the term “effing.”

: FCC National Nanny Michael Powell has taken to saying that stations shouldn’t want the FCC to set the exact line:

WHERE’S THE EFFING LINE? “You do not want your government to write a red book of what you’re allowed to say and what you’re not allowed to say,” Powell said. Broadcasters “ultimately have responsibility for the product they produce. . . . There is an uproar now mostly because I think we’ve gone through a period when a lot of stuff was sort of left unattended. Broadcasters used to have a voluntary code that they used for themselves. That went away.”

But the problem with that, of course, is that no one knows where the line is and, as a result, everyone guesses it’s over there, no it’s over there. So now nothing is safe.

That is called a chill.

: FRIGHT: Michael Mayo in the Sun-Sentinental, published in a Stern-cleansed zone in Florida:

Thompson, a Coral Gables attorney, is the self-proclaimed and self-promoting crusader who wants to make America safe from whatever might offend his sensibilities and corrupt children’s delicate minds.

His brand of Puritanical intolerance scares me much more than the sophomoric, scatological and sexually explicit things Stern used to say over South Florida’s airwaves.


: Tara has a great list of Bloggercon blogging links.