(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
NYT‘s Mark Leibovich ‘a fraud’— A truly intimate admission from Leibovich in NYT‘s “6th floor” blog today, though it’s something most people in Washington already know: This is a city full of people peer pressured into pretending to be smarter than they actually are and into reading The Economist to prove it. He writes:
“Like many people who sometimes travel in high-powered circles, I am a complete fraud. I have no idea how I got here. This is an especially familiar condition in Washington, where I live, and where the impostor syndrome is like our psychological common cold. So a lot of people lie about reading The Economist here. We probably have the highest number of lied-about subscribers. Because it’s important to come off smart and worldly…”
To be sure, however, Leibovich does read The Economist. He lets readers know by going on to list 17 things he learned from its latest issue.
Sanchez sends out a dark holiday card— This is probably a knee-slapper to exactly no one. Rep. Loretta Sanchez‘s (D-Calif.) office has sent out her annual holiday card. It reads: “May you dance with joy this holiday season (just not too close to fiscal cliffs).” On the card is an awkward photo of Sanchez coddling a stocking beside her husband, both of whom are about to step over a cliff. Sanchez has gained a reputation over the years for sending out goofy cards. What’s the plan for next year’s card? A cover that says “Merry Christmas and wrap it up!” superimposed over a photo Sandra Fluke? (h/t WaPo‘s Reliable Source. Sometimes we give them a hard time, but credit where credit’s due)
Serious question for BuzzFeed or melodrama from HyperVocal? … — If you missed it, there was kind of a blow up between BuzzFeed and online comic writer Matthew Inman earlier this week. Essentially, Inman made an offensive rape joke (we use “offensive” only as a way to describe the impact it had on people who can’t hear the word “rape” without writing a righteous blog post), which led to BuzzFeed‘s Jack Stuef, who has his own history of satirizing sensitive subjects, writing a critical profile on Inman. Inman responded, calling the profile borderline “libelous.” BuzzFeed issued a pretty minimal correction of the supposed errors in Stuef’s profile. And so, HyperVocal‘s Slade Sohmer ponders: “Why should anyone trust anything BuzzFeed writes in the future if the company is not going to take ownership of its mistakes?”