O’Rourke v. Fallows

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By Patrick

PJ O’Rourke did an extended interview yesterday on C-SPAN2’s Book TV program “In Depth” program. About 15 minutes in, he takes a shot at James Fallows, who, back in 1991, said the following about him in the Washington Monthly:

    When [P.J. O’Rourke] lacks reporting, he falls back on wisecracks and pat attitudes, and when forced to choose between making a joke and conveying a less snappy truth, he usually goes for the laugh.

On C-SPAN, O’Rourke responds:

    WELL, JIM HAS GOT ME NAILED DEAD TO THE RIGHTS THERE, AND JIM, IF YOU ARE LISTENING, WHEN JIM LACKS REPORTING, HE FALLS BACK ON SERIOUSNESS. JIM’S VERY GOOD AT BEING SERIOUS. IN FACT, NOBODY DOES IT QUITE LIKE HIM. IT’S SOMETHING I THINK HE GOT IN THE CARTER
    ADMINISTRATION AND HE HASN’T LET LOOSE SO THERE, JIM. WE’RE EVEN.