Ann Althouse, who has recently lost her mind over Pajamas Media, writes up a nasty post accusing the PJ bloggers of making fun of the people injured during today’s parade as one of the floats went out of control:
“The M&Ms float crashed. Oh the humanity! As God is my witness, I thought M&Ms could fly.”
That’s the reaction in the Pajamas Media live blogging when a Thanksgiving Parade balloon crashes and falls, along with a streetlight into a crowd. Here’s an MSM report of the incident, quoting a spectator saying “It happened so fast. I said, ‘Oh, my God!’ It dropped like a rock.” Also: “A 26-year-old woman and 11-year-old girl were apparently hurt by the debris.”
Of course, as they were watching it on television, no one knew anyone had been hurt, and they were just joking. Later, as they became aware that someone had been hurt, they were much more (and appropriately, I might add) circumspect. Ann, however, writing hours after the event when the information is available that someone is hurt, doesn’t realize this, and hence her post.
When Jeff Goldstein goes into the comments to correct the record, what does Ann do? She taunts him and continues to ignore her error. So I post a comment:
Jeff, trying to clear the record, writes:
“Were you watching the parade coverage on CBS?”
Why on earth would I do that? I’m not 7.
Which helps clear things up, I guess, because the way she has acted the last week, I thought she was 12. At any rate, I am 35, and I did watch the coverage, albeit on NBC, which had it in HD. My parents, well in their 60’s, watched it as well. Woe that is us that we can not be as mature as Miss Althouse.
You know, Ann is so damn worried about her independence, she seems to have forgotten about another “I” word- integrity. She prints an egregious smear, Jeff corrects the record, and she taunts him and does little more.
But hey, Roger Simon hung up on her, so she has a right to be a malicious liar. She better cherish that vaunted independence. She is going to need it when she has no friends left.
Of course, she can always run to the feminists again.
And what does the ‘independent’ Ann do? Deletes my comment.
When you put up a post, and you do not know it is mistake, no big deal. When someone points out you were mistaken, you should correct the record. Failing to do so makes you a liar, as you are knowingly spreading malicious untruths.
Deleting someone’s comments to cover up your perfidy makes you a coward and a liar. But hey- you are independent, cowardly, and a liar.
Just like George Galloway.
*** Update ***
True to form, Ann responds, and does not address the central issue- her repeated mischaracterization of what actually happened:
And what about this character, another PJM insider? He writes about my post, saying I’d “lost my mind” and titling the post “Ann Althouse’s Integrity”? All for a little old “Yikes”! Oh, I see, he was over here commenting and I deleted his comment. Yeah, because it was too abusive. Now, on his own blog, he’s calling me “a liar … spreading malicious untruths.” Where’s the lie? He thinks it’s a lie to have written about the accident in this post when I wasn’t watching the parade on television!
Let the historians of blogging judge who’s lost their mind. I’d like to know which insiders are embarrassed to be yoked to folks who are harassing me this way just for criticizing them a little. How bizarrely unprofessional! And, worse, how hostile to the spirit of blogging, which they so desperately want and need to recover!
I am yet another PJM ‘insider,’ trying to beat down any ‘criticism!’ Poor Ann, the newest victim class, unable to say whatever she wants without people responding!
And let’s single out this gem:
He thinks it’s a lie to have written about the accident in this post when I wasn’t watching the parade on television!
No one is that stupid and a law professor, and a more disingenuous distillation of the complaint regarding Ann’s post could not be made. Ann, what ‘he’ thinks is a lie is your pretending that the folks ‘live-blogging’ the event knew people were hurt and mocked it. If that were true, I would be right there with you bashing them. But that isn’t the case, and Jeff has attempted repeatedly to get you to correct the record. And you won’t.
History will show (how overly dramatic, and in tune with Ann’s inflated ego- Did you know Roger Simon hung up on her?), provided you don’t delete it all.
Bonus giggles- Ann’s biggest kvetch to date has been that Pajamas Media is too ‘corporate,’ and now our chaste defender of blogger independence has her feathers rumpled over ‘unprofessionalism.’
More bonus giggles- Simply the mention of the ‘spirit of blogging’ gets a smile on my face.