Feeding the Beast Its Steady Diet of Lurid Scandal

A while back, I published a post in which I made an epic misuse of the English language by simply leaving out some words between my brain and the keyboard, and then failing to proofread the post.

It was ugly, but I owned up to it.  Because it was ugly.

I have always understood the necessity of multiple rounds of proofreading, because frankly, my typing sucks.  The only thing that saves me is feeling in my fingers that I have hit the wrong key, and looking up at the screen to see the mistake.  The following sentence, for example, will be published without correction:

So when I read this post from Stacy McCain, it was I nthe sirit of knowing that  writers need editors to look with a fresh pair of eyes in the sam way that reportrs need editors and fact checkers to make sure a story is both accurate and newsworthy. (5 mistakes by my count)

And in that spirit, I completely agree with Stacy that the story is simply not newsworthy.  I am related to people who make some low-level noise in Democratic political circles (forget I said that – QUICKLY) and if we replace Holly Fisher with any of those people, it still wouldn’t be newsworthy.  I remember when President Kennedy’s dalliances with a Hollywood starlet were not deemed worthy of public interest; I remember when Bill Clinton’s escapades with an intern were.

All in all, I prefer the old way.  Not my business.  But times change, technology changes, the news cycle is now an insatiable 24 hour beast to be fed without ceasing, and the internet has brought citizen journalism to the lexicon.  Anyone who is interested, whether they are degreed or not, can chase a story, post it on a website, and e-mail a link to the world.

And it doesn’t matter if the story is correct or not, sourced or not, edited or not, fact-checked or not, newsworthy or not.  Because journalism has changed in the 40 years since Watergate, and on the whole, not for the better.

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Upon Further Review

For quite some time, my Purgatorial Pet has held in his stubby, slimy, Schmalfeldt-covered hands the key that would free him to post once more at the Thinking Man’s Zombie.  All he had to do was answer a simple question: “what number of faildoxes must be pointed out to you in order for you to acknowledge that you are in fact, a failure at doxing?”

For several months he languished there, steadfastly refusing to answer the question, yet still commenting.  He regularly maintained that the comments were meant for me alone, but just as often they were replies to other commenters.  

Shut up!  It makes as much sense as anything else he does.

As most, if not all regular readers of this blog now know, Palatine Pundit and I have worked for several months now to spring a – what’s that “I write like an eight year old girl” phrase he used? Oh. Got it – a “trapsie-wapsie” on the idiot.  Several of you were even part of the early conversations. PP got in a quick one in the meantime when he changed jobs that I was happy to help with, but this one is obviously more complex and took more planning. But it turned out Bill is not as smart as he thinks he is. Which is a lot smarter than he looks. We finally had to drop one of PP’s old posts here verbatim to get him to notice, but look at the results!

Thoroughly snowed. Epic pwnag3, as the kids say.

Unfortunately, now that he has made it so abundantly clear, in his ever-present good humor, that the dox will continue to be his only weapon and that he will always miss his target, it’s time to take his key away.

Banned.

All future comments go straight to the Spam folder. All future comments that bear even a whiff of his stench will also be sent there. When I bother to check them, they will be collected and sent to law enforcement in the appropriate jurisdictions.

Don’t bother trying to contact me again. I gave it a shot. I left you alone. I went silent. But you couldn’t walk away. You had to take another shot. Palatine Pundit would not say word one regarding how he plans to deal with you. But me? I know you’ll see this before it’s been up for five minutes.

WILLIAM M. SCHMALFELDT OF ELKRIDGE MD, I DEMAND YOU CEASE AND DESIST ALL CONTACT WITH ME BY ANY AND ALL MEANS, ELECTRONIC OR OTHERWISE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COMMENT ON THIS BLOG. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO @ REPLY OR @ MENTION THE HANDLE @brainsrfood ON TWITTER. ANY SUCH ATTEMPTS WILL BE VIEWED AS A VIOLATION OF THIS DEMAND AND WILL BE REPORTED TO ALL APPROPRIATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES.

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