by Charles Lemos, Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 12:55:25 PM EDT
Sad and pathetic, not to mention sophomoric, is this piece from Washington Post "journalists" Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza. They think themselves clever as they match beer brands to politicos but they crossed a line when they suggest that Secretary of State Clinton be given some "Mad Bitch" Beer.
This attempt at satire misses its mark entirely and quite frankly descends into frat boy misogyny. Please consider contacting the ombudsman of the Washington Post by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 202-334-7582 to register a complaint.Update [2009-7-31 20:55:17 by Charles Lemos]: Megan Garder of the Columbia Journalism Review is also not amused:
One wonders how much of the Post staffs time and resources were devoted to researching, writing, staging, shooting, and editing such an extraordinarily value-free contribution to the annals of political commentary. Milbank and Cillizza are no Stewart/Colberttheyre not even Letterman/OBriennot only because theyre simply not as funny, but because their status as (ostensibly) reporters means that they owe us more than lame-puns-for-the-sake-of-lame-puns, as per the typical humor of late-night TV. Two of the biggest maws in Washingtonjudging from the impish grins they maintain throughout the video and from their general teehee! look what were getting away with! tone (oh, and from the fact that their video closes with TotBMiW taking swigs of Jackass Oatmeal Stout)seem, actually, to understand this. They seem to understand, in other words, that Mouthpiece Theater, in its spectacular lack of substance, represents a kind of journalistic subversion. But, in that, the pair are victims of irony rather than purveyors of it. Yesterdays Beer Summitand, in particular, the medias treatment of the event as alternately epic and ironic (as in, for example, dubbing the thing the Beer Summit in the first place), is certainly ripe for criticism. The video in question could have beenrelativelytrenchant, along the lines of the suds summit column Milbank published in todays Post. It could have been, given the participants, witty/revealing/justified. Instead, Ménage à Stella Artois simply mocks itself. And in that, it mocks by extension: - Dana Milbank - Chris Cillizza - the staff of The Washington Post who are not Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza - the audience of The Washington Post - all of us, generally.
And I'm kicking myself because the title of this post should have been "Ménage à Stupide".Update [2009-8-1 0:30:15 by Charles Lemos]: The Washington Post has released a short statement and taken action: "The video was a satirical piece that lampooned people of all stripes. There was a section of the video that went too far, so we have removed the piece from our website."