My bologna has a first name, it’s-oh shoot. Um. This is embarrassing. We’ve met, like, 3 times. Linda introduced us at the Xmas party. Paul?
— Katie Rose (@katefeetie) September 21, 2014
Good afternoon! Let’s take a look at some bad journalism, shall we? On Friday, NY Times TV columnist Alessandra Stanley called Shonda Rhimes an Angry Black Woman. I’m not sure what else that column says because I’m just scanning it like “angry black woman… angry black woman… not classically beautiful… ok lol.” The internet was not keen, nor was Rhimes herself. But great news! Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan says that we are “correct to protest this story“! I don’t know about you, but I was certainly concerned that everyone protesting the story may not, in actual fact, have been correct to do so. But no! Sullivan can confirm that the story “delivered [its] message in a condescending way that was – at best – astonishingly tone-deaf and out of touch,” which is clearly a rarity for the paper of record. Sullivan gets to the bottom of things though, and finds that, according to Stanley, the fault lies with “the Twitter culture… with a reference to 140 characters.” Good 2 know thx.
Weekend Twitter somehow got a hold of this old book review by Jonathan Franzen and mauled it like a starving sled dog that just found an ancient crate of pemmican beneath the receding snowpack. The Times also ran this editorial about VIP party culture which concludes that it’s viciously exploitative but also ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Meanwhile an increasingly desperate Maureen Dowd (for what) lies on the floor keening “please love me pleeeeease I’m so cool this is all so cool…” Erstwhile Al Jazeera English columnist Sarah Kendzior quit on Saturday alleging that she was discouraged from doing research and told that all her editors want is “hot takes.” Al Jazeera released a statement addressing some alternate-universe version of her complaints. Meanwhile left-wing media Twitter got real mad, as they always do when Kendzior appears.
Jonathan Franzen watches a sunset. “Men are like the sun,” he thinks. “Always setting.” He writes this down, then thoughtfully farts.
— Joseph Fink (@PlanetofFinks) September 22, 2014
When you follow the tabs, you can’t help but become something of an Elizabeth Wurtzel connoisseur. At her worst, she can crank out the very best of tabs. So it’s hard not to be disappointed by her Sunday Times tab this weekend about her upcoming marriage, which was clearly edited by someone with a functional grasp of the English language. Yes, it is still self-absorbed and tedious, but it lacks that layer of genuinely insane disregard for basic communication that characterizes Wurtzel’s finest tabbing. I give it a C-.
But this is all just prelude to today’s worst journalist, Charlo Greene, former reporter for KTVA News in Anchorage Alaska. Greene quit on-air, after revealing that she secretly owned the Alaska Cannabis Club, an organization that she reportedly used as a source in some of her on-air reports about marijuana legalization. So a terrible journalist commits numerous ethical breaches and then very publicly screws over all of her co-workers, walking out on them in the middle of a live broadcast. What’s next? An Indiegogo fundraiser, of course! This tab has been brought to you by Indiegogo: When you absolutely, positively must give money to someone terrible.
But Good Journalism Too Tho: Sorry this is all just “Rusty reads the Sunday Times with you” today, I don’t know how that happened, but the best weekend tab by far is Kevin Spacey‘s House of Cards co-star Matt Bai on what happened to Gary Hart in 1987. Turns out that for an actor, this Bai fellow can really write! Caity Weaver goes deep on #buttghazi. The Home Depot data breach makes the Target hack look like… well, a smaller but still really bad hack. Leah Reich on how to detoxify the web is good, and part of a great (and now blissfully Milo-free!) issue of Kernel about building a better internet. Also don’t miss the Mallory Ortberg interview because she’s amazing.
Eater relaunched and, let’s see, how about I just show you this one random story from it for no special reason at all. Netflix‘s spoilers site is good but I won’t tell you how it ends. And Mitch McConnell is an Otherkin turtle.
I’m clearly scraping the bottom of my barrel here, fortunately we have the three-breasted Florida woman of interns here at Tabs. Bijan what do you have for us?
Sure kid, sure. Look upon my tabs ye mighty, and despair.
Late Breaking: The Wire is being spun back in to the Atlantic. More on this tomorrow, probably.
~Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the tab will be closed for you.~