Goldberg: Look at me!

I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig.  You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. -- George Bernard Shaw

I don't know what is worse: that Jeffrey Goldberg gets paid to bloviate, or that Roger Cohen has acknowledged Goldberg's farcical existence in a national paper.  In any case, if you are of the "all publicity is good publicity" school, Goldberg wins.  If you are of the "being hauled up the flagpole by your tread-marked undies just makes you look like an idiot" school... not so much.

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mediaFail: Green and Goldberg Editions.

(cross posted at kickin it with cg)

In the ongoing series of blogs about the mediaFail™ there are two ripe, juicy examples ready to be plucked.

The first involves Joshua Green, senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the latest hit job on Hillary Clinton.  Having worked for some serious publications, like the Washington Monthly and American Prospect, where he perpetuated lies such as: Al Gore is a serial exaggerator who said he invented the internet. Green suggests that his analysis of the Clinton memos is the "empirical truth" and was billed fantastically by fellow Altantic columnist Marc Ambinder as "the story of what really happened."

With clear disdain, Green also refers to Clinton's famed majority female staff as a "bitchy staff" which "proved to be her Achilles' heel." In spite of Hillary's bitchy staff, the vast majority of Green's piece focuses on the men in her campaign, most especially Mark Penn.  Green complains that "the candidate herself evinced a paralyzing schizophrenia -- one day a shots-'n'-beers brawler, the next a Hallmark Channel mom." 

Next up is National Review Online editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg.  In his August 15 syndicated column, headlined "Nightmare on Dem Street," Goldberg wrote of former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton's appearances at the Democratic National Convention: "Bill and Hillary are back. And forever more, Barack Obama won't be able to take a shower without fear of that curtain snapping back, as a woman -- or is that a man? -- prepares to plunge the knife into his back." Another journalist suggesting that the Clintons would use violence against Obama and other political opponents.

As MediaMatters notes:

Goldberg also compared the Clintons to fictional horror movie characters Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Dracula, writing: "Freddy Krueger always comes back. Jason re-emerges from the pond one more time. Dracula had so many comebacks, nobody was surprised to see him hanging with Abbott and Costello." Additionally, Goldberg wrote: "If the monster-movie thing is too offensive for you Clinton voluptuaries out there, think of it like this: They're like Richard Gere in 'An Officer and a Gentleman' (who, coincidentally, is hounded by a charismatic black dude but never gives up)." He added:

They've got no place else to go. And I was right. The Clintons are back. The coffin lid has sprung open, the seal of the crypt has been broken, the mutant virus has escaped the lab. Both Clintons will speak at the Democratic convention, and Hillary will get her I-told-you-so's. In the horror flicks, it's not that the creatures are impervious to damage, it's that no matter how much you hack them up, they seem to come back again. And again. And again. The Clintons have been horribly damaged, but they press on.

Who the hell are these clowns?  

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Funny & True: Jonah Goldberg on Obama's Speech

Apologies in advance for quoting a piece in its entirety.  Hope this doesn't get me banned.   It's just ... such a beautiful piece, and taking snippets from it would not do it justice.  In hopes of mitigating my badness, I attach a poll wherein you can indicate whether your experience matches Goldberg's at all.  

AND I would also add something to what Goldberg has said:  "If you care about racial equity in this country, it's time to stop yapping and DO something." As Royal Bank of Scotland says in its ads:  "Enough talk.  Make it happen."

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