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    The New Yorker Does Andrew Breitbart

    By Kyle | May 17, 2010

    He’s a “rage machine” who presides over an “empire of bluster”! Yep, and you know what? There are no liberal pundits who are at all angry. But they’re “passionate,” “engaged,” or maybe “morally outraged.” In the profile, Breitbart expresses regret that he and Arianna Huffington, whom he clearly admires and with whom he shares a “skill set,” are on opposite sides. Question: Wouldn’t Huffington and Breitbart be wise to pool resources on a joint site or sites? That would bring in a) a gigantic audience, b) fiercely addicted readers (who would naturally wander over to the opposition side in search of a quarrel) and c) cover for nonpolitical advertisers, who could quite plausibly claim that they aren’t taking any kind of ideological stance but simply supporting the great bustling interchange of ideas and hence would not be subject to ideologically-driven controversy like boycotts. It seems to me the great key to political sites is squaring a circle: How do you make things caliente enough to drive readership but bland enough so that the Procters & Gambles of the world will be comfortable? Note that the Huffington Post still isn’t profitable, though AH claims it will be this year.

    Topics: Magazines, Politics | 8 Comments »

    8 Responses to “The New Yorker Does Andrew Breitbart”

    1. KS Says:
      May 17th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

      “Wouldn’t Huffington and Breitbart be wise to pool resources on a joint site or sites?”

      Imagine the comments.

      A joint site wouldn’t interest me at all.

    2. K Says:
      May 17th, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      A joint pool of engaged lefties and blustering righties?

      That ignores the polarization going on. I suspect that once the government gets into every nook and cranny, like now fer instance, that your political opinions become a lot less theoretical and a lot more “passionate”.

      The possibility of losing your rent controlled apartment or arts grant or not being able to afford that private school for your kid or save for retirement because your taxes went up AGAIN tends to put a sharp edge on political discourse.

    3. blackhawk12151 Says:
      May 17th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      I suspect the resulting flame wars would burn down the internet.

    4. Kyle Says:
      May 17th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      The comments really wouldn’t be a problem. You just screen out the nutters. And/or demand they use their real names. The NY Times does a good job of this.

    5. Christian Toto Says:
      May 17th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

      Media bias is exhausting, isn’t it? I always wonder if there’s a liberal MSM journalist out there who’s simply fed up with the double standards and willing to put his/her ideology aside to tell his/her editor about it …

      Silly, right?

    6. ddub Says:
      May 18th, 2010 at 4:22 am

      You do realize that the New Yorker profile of Olbermann a couple of years back was entitled “One Angry Man” right?

      And that Breitbart clearly wanted to be portrayed this way, as he tells the New Yorker reporter “I like to call someone a raving cunt every now and then.”

      I like you Kyle, but your kneejerk “MSM bias” response to any profile of a conservative figure is unbecoming. I had always pegged you as a thoughtful conservative, and you’re starting to let me down.

    7. Kyle Says:
      May 18th, 2010 at 10:03 am

      If The New Yorker wanted angry political figures to profile, it could have looked at some of its own writers, like Hendrik Hertzberg and Sy Hersh. But please, since it is evidently incorrect of me to ascribe bias, go ahead and provide a list of all the writers expressing conservative opinions at the New Yorker.

    8. Kevin W. Says:
      May 19th, 2010 at 8:51 am

      The caricature looks a bit like the late William F. Buckley, Jr.

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