Saturday, May 25, 2013

Send in the Clowns - Obama's Wanker Summit

Just to add to Thers' thought about this ("Much more booze please"), please note the distinguished punditogree of the group:

Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist and THE ONE TRUE WANKER OF THE DECADE

Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of the Washington Post and WANKER OF THE DECADE - 1st Runner Up

Joe Klein, the Time Magazine columnist and WANKER OF THE DECADE - Runner Up #3

Poor Andy Sullivan...he used to wank with the big boys, now he's reduced to beaching about Glenn Greenwald.

P.S. Re: the comments: I'll fish what I can out of the spam filter, when I see them. Or you can post them at my place, which uses (free) blooger. Where is your Typepad God now, Therses?!?!

Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.


mikey said...

I'm not sure what your problem with this is. I suppose, if you think Obama is an empty vessel with NO FREAKIN IDEA about what he wants to do and he's letting these guys come to the White House after five years to tell him what his policies should be, then yeah, I'd find this pretty concerning. But frankly, I'm pretty sure that at this point Obama's got his policy agenda pretty firmed up.

So what it is is nothing but a simple media outreach session, where it's OBAMA that's trying to influence the thoughts and writing of some major media types. And the fact that you (and I, in some cases) don't like them doesn't mean they don't have a major readership, such that their messaging Obama would be well served to attempt to shape.

I know you don't like the President, but the fact that he IS president and therefore does some things that a President does isn't really the worst indictment of his Presidency. I don't like many of his policies (although I'm at least capable of recognizing that he has some good ones too), but I expect him to try and do his job, and I'm not outraged when he does...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Just pointing out the facts, mikey.

They're a bunch of wankers.

Or a pud of wankers, perhaps.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

The real head-scratcher is Andrew Sullivan... has he ever had a gig at a "real" newspaper?

Randal Graves said...

What, they're *not* locking the door and shooting the room off into space on the back of a Saturn V?

Anonymous said...

@ Randal Graves: One can but dream...!

And, @ Thunder:
Were the other three noted in the announcement (Ezra Klein, Josh Marshall, and Jonathan Capehart) merely the junior brigade? Wankers in Training, maybe; in need of special handling because they're not quite sufficiently "housebroken" to sit with the Big Boys?

~ TallyHoGazehound (formerly "bystander")

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

They were in a different meeting, so not the "big boy" wanker club.

(Said B.B.W.C. did include Jeffrey Goldberg, David Ignatius, and Gerald Seib, all of whom are also wankers...but not in the Eschaton Top 10.)