Saturday, October 2, 2010

FLG Is Currently Reading

...this article.

Is the following passage atrociously written? Or is it just him?

Washington residents, the majority of them African-American, many of them poor, all possessed, to varying degrees, of a sense of disenfranchisement — the city, after all, did not have the power to elect its own government until 1974 and must still submit its budget and laws for approval to Congress, where it lacks voting rights — take particularly poorly to these sorts of put-downs, says Michael Fauntroy, an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University. In fact, the black, often struggling residents of Washington — the vast majority of parents in the public-school system — have a hair-trigger intolerance for anything that smacks of paternalism or disdain by policy makers, particularly when they appear to be telling people how to run their lives and, most potentially offensive of all, how to educate their children. Fenty and Rhee, Fauntroy said, were perceived to have “an elite view of public policy: we know what’s better for your kids than you do, and because our ideas are better, yours are to be ignored, and ours are to be implemented.”

They do still have editors at the New York Times, right? Did one of them read that first sentence?


Anonymous said...

no, they no longer have editors. dave.s.

FLG said...

That explains A LOT.

Anonymous said...

Unrelated but then again not at all -

Absolutely Most Overrated Job Description In The History of Humankind

I clicked through on a Dan Riehl tweet to his post about a column by Conor Friedersdorf at Forbes, about something or other.

I don't know who Conor Friedersdorf is, but Riehl doesn't seem to like him, which is really surprising because Riehl likes just about everyone.

Anyway, Friedersdorf's self description has to be the most overrated job description in the history of humankind:

Over at The Daily Dish, where I am a senior editor, my boss Andrew Sullivan ...

This raises several important questions:

1. The Daily Dish is just a blog at The Atlantic; why does The Daily Dish need a "Senior Editor"?
2. The only reason anyone reads The Daily Dish is to read what Andrew Sullivan has to say; why does The Daily Dish need a "Senior Editor"?
3. Does Andrew Sullivan really think he can brand The Daily Dish?
4. Is there a Junior Editor, and if so, why does The Daily Dish need a "Senior Editor"?
5. What exactly does the Senior Editor of The Daily Dish edit?
6. If the Senior Editor of The Daily Dish fell in the woods, would anyone notice?
7. Why doesn't Friedersdorf list his position as Senior Editor of The Daily Dish on his LinkedIn page? (Quick, tell Greg Sargent and TPM - scandal!)
8. Friedersdorf uses the phrase "where I am a senior editor," which implies that there may be other Senior Editors. Multiply these questions by the number of times Sarah Palin has been mentioned at The Daily Dish, then divide by the projected national budget deficit, then multiply by the number of Senior Editors of The Daily Dish, and I'm pretty sure you get Pi.

At least Friedersdorf is not Senior Investigative Editor of The Daily Dish, which would have required travel to Alaska in search of the Biggest Fraud In The History Of Humankind.

P.S. I am thinking of hiring a Senior Editor of Legal Insurrection. Submit resumes and LinkedIn pages to my Assistant Vice President for Employee Relations, or if she is not in, to my Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs.

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