My pal, Jason Linkins, really unloads on the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank over Milbank’s accusation that HuffPo’s Nico Pitney asked a “planted question.” The takedown is so thorough, I’m tempted to piss Jason off myself, just to see what he comes up with.
I happen to like Milbank, too, having gotten to know him a little during the Presidential campaign. Like Pitney, I’ve been lectured by Milbank on journalism, altohugh in my case, Dana was right. Milbank, in turn, got lectured and thrown under the bus by Keith Olbermann, a guy with his own problems correcting himself.
So, now, it’s Dana’s turn to be wrong. The White House rewarded Pitney for practicing responsive journalism. and more importantly, the Iranians by giving them a voice. This is a good precedent, not a bad one.
Still, Linkins goes at Milbank hard:
Anyway, for a few weeks now, I had been of the mind that Nico had really raised the bar for all of us at HuffPost, with his tireless and relentless focus on this story as it unfolds. It seemed to me to be the work of a serious person, and his question seemed to me to be an extension of that seriousness. But Milbank has forced me to reconsider that maybe serious journalism is dressing up in costumes, telling a bunch of unfunny jokes, and portraying yourself as an entitled ass. Seriously! I am weighing the two options carefully! With the help of this video that Milbank made with Chris “Let Me Write A Hundred More Blogs On Post-Partisanship” Cillizza.
Ouch! Here’s the video that Jason’s taking apart:
Yes, it’s a funny takedown, and yes, the MSM has been crying way too hard about a blogger being thrown a well-deserved bone. And, hey, who doesn’t love a good pissing match?