Frum Editor Apoplectic Over Politico’s Intoxicating Headline

Justin Green, the Washington-based editor of David Frum’s website, came unglued this morning over a headline in Politico that reads, “Joe Biden ‘intoxicated’ by 2016 Run.” In the story, the authors, Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin and Jim VandeHei, quote “a Democrat close to the White House” as saying, “He’s intoxicated by the idea, and it’s impossible not to be intoxicated by the idea.”

So far so good. Intoxicated in a quote, intoxicated in the headline. It’s an interesting word and lures you into the story. So what’s the big deal?

But the fun didn’t stop there.

Brendan Diamond, a writer, musician and vegan in Chicago, tweaked him by writing, “@JGreenDC I’ve read your stuff. There’s no WAY you’re that dumb. So you of course know that Mormons don’t drink as part of their religion.” Green snapped, “That’s my point. Find a better word, even if it means having to drop an inflammatory quote. Also, the next time you concern troll me, that’s the block button. This gets rather tiresome.”

Diamond wrote back, “Not trying to concern troll you. Trying to playfully jibe you. I actually like you, even though you frustrate the hell out of me.”

Moral of the story: Concern troll Justin Green at your own peril.