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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
did you ever think that i'd flash that nine and walk off with your shit like it's mine:
It was a pretty blah Chicago-St. Louis game, but the opening mock-presidential-announcement by Barack Obama was pretty sweet. There's something sublime about seeing the guy stare all serious-like into the camera and recite the DUN-dun-dun-DUN before breaking out laughing. And yet Jason had to hate on it before seeing it. And therein lies a tale.
His commenters jumped down his throat for panning the spot before it ran, and while it's not the greatest idea to pan something before you've seen it, Jason wasn't crazy for thinking it would be lame. But so one commenter remarks:
You guys just can't wait for Obama to lose his sheen so you can start slagging him like you slag every other Democrat, can you? I can just see you probing, scanning the news, with your pre-made narrative looking for something, anything to hang on. You don't even realize you're doing it. It's just your first instinct.And that apparently hits a nerve. Jason replies:
it's a blog post, and a jokey one at that! but hey, don't let that get in the way of your pre-made narrative--which seems to be vitriolically attacking everything (and everyone) you read in TNR. maybe you need to take a break.Now, I learned during my time at TNR that people do have a pre-made narrative of TNR, but also that people at TNR have a pre-made narrative of people's pre-made narrative of TNR: that the TNR-haters possess an unsophisticated and rigid unwillingness to recognize the subtlety of the Country's Greatest Magazine. (Not everyone there thinks like this.) It's a shame that this is the way it is, but occasionally TNR says the right thing about a liberal icon and occasionally the blogosphere has the magazine's number. This is an instance where the commenters are right and Jason is wrong. It also doesn't do any good to dash off a lazy insight and then plead "it's a blog post." Man, you wrote it! If you don't like blogging, don't blog.
TNR seems to function mostly as the voice of AIPAC speaking to Democrats.