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In Which Dave Weigel Forgets He Was a Member of JournoList

September 8, 2012

Dave Weigel sure has a short memory.

Apparently, it’s now considered trolling to accurately report what Democrats do…

How a small band of conservatives generated half of the Democratic Convention’s headlines.

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Joe Biden’s eyes welled up, bigger-than life on the Time Warner Cable Arena screens. “We acknowledge the incredible debt we owe to the families”—fighting back tears now—“of the 6,473 fallen angels.” The Georgia delegate standing next to me sniffed, and took a deep breath to ward off the waterworks. The Democratic strategist on the other side looked vindicated, because up to then, we’d been talking about how the party had been forced to amend its platform language, stuff that voters never seem to care about, because of a media firestorm over its references to Israel.

“This time yesterday,” said the strategist, “I was sitting in my office and asking: Are we really talking about this? Are people really covering this? It’s over, I guess, but how stupid was that?”

Whatever lessons the Democrats take from Charlotte, whatever it did for the president or for the ambitious senators and governors who stalked delegate breakfasts and whispered “2016,” this is a fact: The convention was successfully trolled.

HT to Instapundit.

UPDATE: Instapundit links.

UPDATE II: Ed Driscoll links.

UPDATE III: I feel compelled to mention that this post has been viewed over 10,000 times in two days.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. larry permalink
    September 9, 2012 2:05 am

    Just a pimply kid. When McCain was running a NY Times reporter, a young woman, responded to a terse and tired reply from McCain with the pissy grumbling of a snotty daughter.

    That was the death of the main stream media for me. This Weigel guy, give him some Clearasil and tell him to sit down.

  2. he was a faux libertarian permalink
    September 9, 2012 2:35 am

    If he followed michelle’s advice and cut out the McDonalds, the acne would probably take care of itself. He’d still be an insufferable douche, but he would be slightly easier on the eyes.

    • Ned permalink
      September 9, 2012 10:29 am

      Acne has nothing to do with diet. Most people know this.

  3. KLSmith permalink
    September 9, 2012 2:40 am

    Yeah, I saw him hanging around an Obamacare rally in DC and was kind of shocked by how he looks in person. Granted not everyone can have movie star looks, but he’s pretty cocky for someone that’s short, overweight, and has a bad complexion. He thinks he’s cool but he’s just cynical.

    • Micha Elyi permalink
      September 9, 2012 3:41 am

      Cynical? Naah, because cynicism knows no favorites. Hateful? Well, hate always has an obsession with a particular target doesn’t it? Think about it, then decide.

  4. Laika's Last Woof permalink
    September 9, 2012 5:14 am

    I don’t think he’s forgetting he was a member of JournoList — I think he’s remembering.

  5. September 9, 2012 5:51 am

    It forever shocks me that anyone would take these people seriously or presume that they are acting in good faith. Listening to news reports from people you know are lying to you every chance they get is pure insanity.

  6. FrancisChalk permalink
    September 9, 2012 8:20 am

    Lying and hypocrisy are what the Left does. The truth to a leftist is defined as advancing the Leftist/Socialist/Marxist cause. By the way, the Left includes ALL: liberals, progressives, feminists, environmentalists, socialists, union bosses, the MSM, academia, greens, social justice types, UN lovers, PC supporters, multiculturalists, antiwar activists, PETA members, OWS supporters, one-worlders, Hollywood, anyone who believes in Global Warming, and Democrats.

  7. harkin permalink
    September 9, 2012 9:24 am

    The big difference was that the conservative bloggers didn’t need to met in secret and develop a smear strategy, they just reported the facts. Imagine how the polls would be if the MSM practiced real journalism.

  8. September 9, 2012 10:27 am

    He also forgets the media that sowed distrust among the public helped produce a new media model of which they disapprove. Good luck with that.

  9. September 9, 2012 11:04 am

    More than anything, his “insight” reveals how closely he identifies with lefty websites where the only voices that counter The Narrative are conservative trolls. These lefty sites are really his go-to for news and inspiration.

  10. sniffy permalink
    September 9, 2012 11:59 am

    Best line of the article:

    “Democrats did not expect to spend Wednesday arguing about the capital of Israel and the appearance of the word “God” in their platform. There were, reportedly, 15,000 members of the media in Charlotte, of whom maybe 14,980 could have given a damn about the party platform”

    Clearly, party platforms aren’t worth media attention regardless of their contents. So when those 14,980 were all over the Republican platform a couple weeks ago, they were just trolling…right?

  11. ObamaisEvel permalink
    September 9, 2012 2:13 pm

    His complexion is gross. Has he ever thought of going to a dermatologist and have that pockmarked and puss-filled face cleaned up? I bet that between worshipping liberalism he spends a lot of time squeezing, and likely eating, those pimples.

  12. November 10, 2012 8:43 am

    Chris Loesch, husband of Dana Loesch who is the editor-in-chief of Big Journalism and Tea Party contributor for CNN. Has had his Twitter account suspended for another time tonight. Both suspensions were for the same thing.


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