Why oh why can't we have a better press corps?
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And now Kos has gotten into a full-scale twit-war with Ron Fournier on “Failing Beltway 101“...
Daily Kos: How I failed Beltway 101 taught by Ron Fournier:
You might remember Ron Fournier for such hits as "failed Beltway political startup HotSoup.com", almost quitting his reporter job to go work for John McCain's presidential campaign, and "sending email to Karl Rove encouraging him to 'keep up the fight'". HotSoup.com was pretty awesome, actually.
A bipartisan group of prominent political strategists on Tuesday announced an Internet information venture designed to interact with America's opinion leaders and serve as an antidote to the right-left clash that typifies political discourse on the Web.
The nation so desperately needed an antidote to the right-left clash that HotSoup.com promptly crashed and burned, and Fournier was back to his reportorial hackish ways. These days, it manifests in headlines like:
Obama Wins! Big Whoop. Can He Lead?
And of course, "leading" means capitulating to the GOP and cutting Social Security and Medicare. And I mean that quite literally:
Does he have the guts to anger liberal backers with a budget deal on Social Security and Medicare?
Is he willing to engage sincerely with Republicans?
He's also someone who thought that Sonya Sotomayor had to explain away her "[looking] different than every other family-loving American" during her confirmation hearings. He didn't know that Sen. Chuck Grassley inserted the language requiring senators and their staff go on the exchanges. He thought that Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer's opposition to gun control was a flip flop (it wasn't). You get the idea...
Whatever. Hacks are a dime a dozen in the media world. But what makes Fournier particularly interesting is that he's the editorial director of the National Journal, a respected Beltway publication with a subscription price of over a grand a year. So, you know, you'd expect the person running its newsroom to know a thing or two about politics. But what he lacks in basic political knowledge, he more than makes up in love and affection for Third Way and, not coincidentally, hatred of me. If you're into catty back and forths, meet me below the fold!