I doubt that WaPo actually pays Blue Virginia but it was very strange to see this come up (back up) in a search on the Post’s search engine:
So, 4 out of the top 11 top “hacks” in America reside at the WashingtonKaplan Post – great stuff, huh? But hey, at least the Washington Kaplan Post does great investigative journalism on a regular basis. Oh wait, that function is being outsourced to non-profits? Well, at least it has superb coverage of Virginia and Maryland. Oh wait, it doesn’t in the least bit? Well, at least it has a great Sunday magazine? Oh wait, you mean it actually prints pathetically fawning cover stories on Ken Kookinelli in addition to the ever-fascinating “Date Lab”? But, but, but…uh, the Post still has a great sports section, right? Actually, that’s probably the paper’s strongest section, although a few more losses like this one and that may no longer be the case.
In the meantime, though, congratulations once again to the WashingtonKaplan Post for its superb showing in Salon Magazine’s “Hack Thirty” ranking. And that’s not even counting Charles “Sacrilege at Ground Zero” Krauthammer, who somehow managed to avoid Salon’s list…
I assume they’ll take this down so screen shots:
“But, but, but … the more content we have, the more clicks we get.” — Post executive who had the genius idea of publishing any old blog under the Post masthead, as he’s being shown the door.
No offense, but this concept/idea/article/contest is played.
Can we get an Iron Bowl/hockey/general sports thread, please? Also, too, ya know…..Sully would approve.
What is the Iron Bowl?
Kind of reminds me of Not Larry Sabato’s jump off the Kaplan Kliff with both middle fingers blazing not too long ago.
Redneck vs. Redneck in the Alabama Bowl!
@DougJ: Alabama and Auburn. It’s just the regular season game, but it’s long been called the Iron Bowl because when Bear was around, it was always played on Thanksgiving in Birmingham’s Legion Field.
They say you better listen to the voice of reason. But they don’t give you any choice ’cause they think that it’s treason.
Radio, it’s a sad salvation.
Wilbon was the last remaining reason to buy the WaPo. I feel like we should have a wake, or sit shiva, or something.
Wait a minute–Krauthammer didn’t make the list?
Just to show how old I am, when I saw that post title, Steppenwolf came to mind before Mr. Diana Krall.
“I wanna make them wish they’d never seen me”
Well, I can’t figure out what he’s doing, if that’s not his goal. Apologies to Declan.
Maybe, just maybe, the Kaplan Krew are so clueless and enamored with themselves that they believe they’re holding Blue Virginia up to ridicule here. “Everybody knows we’re great; this should be good for a laugh.” Or maybe it just really is all about whoring for hits. Either way, it’s fabulous.
This is the media equivalent of an own goal.
Some of my friends sit around in the evening and they worry about the times ahead. But everyone else is overwhelmed with indifference and the promise of an early bed.
Could be the motto of the blog.
I thought the same thing, but who would you choose to bump off the list to make room for Krauthammer? Who didn’t make it on the list of biggest hacks is like an inverse version of who didn’t make it into Harvard or Princeton, despite astonishingly stellar credentials. In any list as intensely competitive as the “biggest hacks”, there will inevitably be some astonishing omissions, no matter who you pick for the top 30.
@Punchy: I don’t know, I was kind of hoping the Hack 30 would lead to a fantasy hack columnist league, where we’d have a draft, a scoring system, standings, etc., just like the sports fantasy leagues.
@cmorenc: Yes, the prominent omissions just shows how easy it was to come up with 30 hacks. They could have gone to 50 without even breaking a sweat.
Mike in NC
Evidently the writer at Salon figured people would understand that Krauthammer’s a neocon/Zionist nut with a terminal case of Obama Derangement Syndrome, so he was excluded, as would be the likes of Hannity, Malkin, et al. Somehow Goldberg slipped through the (butt) crack, however.
Plus Bob Novak is still dead, also, too.
@jwb: I think it would be a lot harder to make a Quality Pundit 30.
If you discounted bloggers I think you might only get 10, if that.
@jwb: So many hacks so little time.
Deserving but overlooked hacks at WaPo
Fred Hiatt: Editor of Hacks
Samuelson: Economic hack
Krauthammer:Elbentieth Neocon Hack
I am sure I am forgetting someone.
It’s still up. That was a fun read. I thought that the strike outs were DougJ’s but they’re there in the original.
Iron bowl? Glass works much better.
didn’t b-j run a whole thread a few months back to aking readers to come with a top 10 hacks list ONLY using folks writing for kaplan?
Diana had a sex change? I know she’s a great alto and all…