Friday, August 28, 2009

'Melancholy'? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

Doug Ross catches this incredibly stupid Twitter message from Matt Cooper:

It feels a bit like 9/11 on Martha's Vineyard. End-of-summer weather is achingly beautiful but the mood is melancholy because of Teddy.
Good God! I remember when Matt Cooper used to be a journalist! Now he's doing some kind of pathetic Twitter haiku? Like a dreamy dimwitted schoolgirl?

Henceforth, if anyone asks me why the news business is going to hell in a handbasket, my answer will be two words: Testosterone deficiency.

(Hat-tip: The Blogprof.)

UPDATE (By Smitty): PJTV has an 11 minute talking head clip talking about politicizing TK, the HuffPo's atrocious blog on Mary Jo's approval, and Camelsnot.

Bleg: can anyone geo-locate the Ayn Rand Institute guy's accent? Sounds vaguely Germanic by way of New England or something. Pennsylvania Deutsch?

UPDATE II: Welcome, Instapundit readers! "Journalist," "reporter," to-may-to, to-mah-to. At heart, I'm still the same class clown I was in third grade. As I said Friday, I consider it a duty to laugh Teddy into hell. So . . . How to Remember Ted Kennedy (If You Must):
Edward M. Kennedy became a laughingstock the old-fashioned way: He earned it. . . .
If there were any justice in this world, Teddy would have been drummed out of the Senate as a disgrace as soon as the facts were known about what happened at Chappaquiddick on July 19, 1969. If there were any justice in the world, Ted Kennedy would have gone to prison for vehicular manslaughter. Instead, because he was born with the right last name, he was allowed to cop a plea to a misdemeanor charge of "leaving the scene of an accident." . . .
With a guest appearance by the inimitable "Shecky" McCain:
He’s a man after Ted Kennedy’s own heart. The main difference between Shecky and Teddy is this: Shecky doesn't like to share waitresses with Chris Dodd, so he always orders the open-faced sandwich! . . .
Shecky’s never met a tasteless Ted Kennedy joke he wouldn’t steal in a New York heartbeat. Fat jokes! Drunk jokes! Any joke that makes Ted Kennedy look like the lying, lecherous liberal he was, you can bet Shecky’s going to steal it. . . .
Democrats are trying to use Teddy’s bloated corpse to pass health-care reform — man, what a joke that is! Yet we must pay tribute to his real legacy, the way that womanizing old alcoholic would want to be remembered. . . . We’re not laughing with Teddy. We’re laughing at Teddy.
Read the whole thing. And remember to tip your waitresses. Try the veal. I'll be here all week.


  1. I know what he means.. When I missed the Richmond Tea Party's Liberty 101, I felt a bit like Dredd Scott hearing the Supreme Court's ruling.

  2. Seriously. If "journalists" had any balls, they'd actually do reporting instead of their new job as leftist panderers. It takes balls to report the unpopular news.

  3. American Digest has a nice 'retrospective.' Especially the last picture. Heh.

  4. One wonders if journalism majors would have been better off taking a few history courses instead of the easier communications or political double minors.

    They do know what happens once one party rule is assured, right? Once it's built into the system, there's no more need for journalists. I guess that's why so many have the Obama White House as a fallback career.

  5. Journalism is gone.
    What they do now is just Jerna-Lizzum.
    So it goes.

  6. Sounds like a speech impediment to me. He can not pronounce his "r"s for one thing.

  7. Maybe Yaron's accent is from Belgium or the Netherlands.....

  8. Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, was born in Israel. His parents were Jewish socialists originally from South Africa.

  9. Over at Ace o' Spades, there's a contest for most inappropriate Cooper-like utterance .

  10. Good God! I remember when Matt Cooper used to be a journalist! Now he's doing some kind of pathetic Twitter haiku? Like a dreamy dimwitted schoolgirl?

    He's never been a serious reporter. Recall that Matt Cooper totally misrepresented to his editors confirmation from sources as his sloppy and unprofessional emails revealed. He's a drama king and lied about not testifying saying he was never given a waiver - and was pretty much booted from Time after that.

  11. Thanks to all who educated me on the accent.

  12. I think it's not an accent but mild rhotacism. Now don't you feel like a cad?

  13. @Anonymous,
    No, should I? The question was asked from pure ignorance and from a spirit of innocent integrity.
    Had I known a priori and meant to mock the man, then I should probably lack the conscience to feel a cad.
    Third, Anonymous cowards don't carry much weight.

    For the record, I thought Yaron Brook an excellent speaker and look forward to enjoying more of his thought and distinctive speech pattern.

  14. Is he the same Cooper who was with Allende, but ran away when the soldiers came?

    Ask him about his AK-47 skills.

  15. Bah, the press corp is just waxing lyrical because they got to spend their summer holiday in Martha's Vineyard with the rest of the self important types who usually vacation there, instead of down in Crawford Texas, being forced to spend their holidays cohabiting with a bunch uncouth, gun toting, FNC watching, Country music listening, Bush loving Texans who are way to patriotic for their own good.

  16. I feel rather low-brow, but I have to confess I've never even been to Martha's Vinyard.

  17. Sports reporter Jim Rome's First Rule of Twitter:

    1.) Never, ever reference 9/11 on Twitter. It never ends up sounding as good the next day.

    Invoked after Chad Johnson AND Rick Pitino referenced 9/11 in regards to some miniscule event within a month of each other.

  18. Haiku for an Elitist Lush

    Pompous murderer
    Commie loving hypocrite
    Adios fat boy

    Hey, I never claimed to be a journalist...

  19. It's pronounced "Marxist Vineyard."

  20. The Rand fellow probably was born with a cleft palate and can't pronounce his "r's". Obviously he is also from New England.