JournoList: ‘People with the skill’

Nice to know that Matthew Yglesia, who has argued that “what the right lacks are people with the skill to do the job” of news reporting, has nothing better to do than to respond to a JournoList thread like this:

From: Matthew Yglesias Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 14:00:31 -0400 Local: Tues, Mar 24 2009 2:00 pm Subject: Re: [JournoList] BREAKING: Marty Peretz is a Crazy-Ass Racist . . .

The subject of discussion there is a Marty Peretz item from The New Republic about narco-terrorism and governmental dysfunction in Mexico. Ergo, unless you avert your eyes to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Mexico and pretend that Ciudad Juarez is like Disney World (except happier), you are a “Crazy-Ass Racist” like the venerable liberal publisher of TNR. The other major “revelation” about JournoList is described by Jeff Goldstein:

Think “Woodward and Bernstein bring down Nixon,” only replace “Woodward and Bernstein bring down Nixon” with “A bunch of guys who were beaten up daily in junior high show why they almost certainly had it coming.”

(Hat-tip: Jimmie Bise Jr. at Sundries Shack.) Indeed, a “plague of neurasthenia.” At almost the exact same hour that Yglesias was on JournoList discussing the “news” about Marty “I Hate Beaners” Peretz, a real journalist, Dave Weigel, was breaking a scoop. (“Scoops” — what a concept!)

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