Wednesday, September 13, 2006

blogospheric self-regulation

For some rubbernecking, The Office-style fun, check out the hoopla over this post from Avedon, guest posting on Eschaton. It's a good point that he quotes:
The American Airlines ticket agent who checked in Mohammed Atta on 9/11 later committed suicide - unlike the man in charge who, being briefed on the potential threat, told his briefer, "Okay, you’ve covered your ass."

Yet, it makes Brendan Nyhan at the American Prospect have an acute attack of cranial-rectum inversion syndrome (which, in full disclosure, happens occasionally here on the Ranch as well). Apparently, aside from mistaking Avedon for Atrios and saying that Atrios approved of said quote above, he titles his post "Liberal bloggers politicize a suicide" and quips:
Is nothing sacred? And do they want Bush to commit suicide out of remorse, as the post suggests? This is just vile.

His point is asinine, the kind of Chris Matthews "Gotcha" that assumes the speaker actually meant the most inflammatory interpretation you could possibly tease out of a certain quote, combined with the New Republic's annoying habit of quoting one or two bloggers (usually out of context or culled from comment threads) and implying that all liberal bloggers are saying X. And he is appropriately beaten senseless for it in the comments, starting with a response from Atrios himself:
Leaving aside your other usual reading comprehension issues, I didn't write the post.

God you're an idiot Brendan.

That sets the tone for the rest of the comments, and Nyhan ends up having to retract or alter nearly the entirety of his post.

Nyhan then becomes Atrios' Wanker of the Day.

This is why blogging can be a scary thing-- you have to be thick-skinned, just in case someone with a readership the size of Atrios' catches you in a Moron Moment.

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