APOLOGIZE... APOLOGIZE...  4:39 pm February 2, 2009

Wonkette Caller Grills David Denby

by Jim Newell

We truly do not want to prattle on about this nonsense much longer, but it’s fair to post our biased, liberal accounts of David Denby’s appearance on an NPR affiliate today, during which a HEROIC Wonkette reader made it through screeners (natch) to pose a question directly to this film demon re: his horrible errors against American Journalism. Much squirming, as well as new factual errors, ensued.

First, here’s the report from brave Wonkette radio operative “Laura,” from Irving, Texas. “Laura” is so rich that she actually owns a telephone:

Dear Wonkette,

I called into “Think” on KERA in Dallas to defend your honor. I called Denby out on his lack of fact checking. His new position is that it’s okay to say a woman wrote the Chelsea blog because, according to him, most of the commenters on Wonkette *are* women. He also acknowledged on his own (!) that the bottle-in-neck post was pre-tumor, but said that because you linked to the bottle post on your tumor post, Wonkette is vicious and mean, and gave his “what kind of minds would do that” line.

Irving, TX

A second account from Wonkette second-account operative Brett “The Hitman” Hart:

That douche David Denby was on KERA, my local NPR affiliate. A brave Wonketter somehow managed to be the first caller through to ask him a question, naturally, about the factual problems he has when discussing Wonkette. He stammers through not knowing Jim was a dude before going on to say that the blog is, “mostly written by women… and reflects the nasty, mean nature of snark” or words to that effect. He also amends his Teddy Kennedy line to say the post in question was “reposted” the day he went in for brain surgery. Later in the hour, he states Wonkette is still owned by Gawker.

The hour itself convinced me I shouldn’t buy the book. Denby had no idea what he was talking about, and you reading any part of that book gets a gold star from me. His apparent thesis was that snark only happens when teenagers let too much information about themselves out online, AND THEN THE EVIL BLOGS SNARK THEM AND THEN THE CELEBRITIES. Really. The podcast will be up at http://kera.org/think eventually (it’s NPR), might be worth checking out, might not. You already know Denby’s an idiot and all this hour-long (less pledge drives) interview does is confirm it.

We have nothing else to add beyond highlighting this other factual error, that Wonkette is still owned by Gawker. Wrong, and this claim also appears in his book.

We leave you with a nice nugget from this recent LA Times interview:

[LAT]: You lay out nine Principles of Snark. Which of these is the worst? Which is most personally offensive to you?

Denby: No. 5. Total disregard of routine journalism. No phone calls, no checking things out. Journalism should try not to slander people.

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loquaciousmusic February 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Today, we are all women.

Doglessliberal February 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Gawker might sue him for slander, for suggesting that it still has any control of us TruckNutz-lovin’, snark throwin’ feeeemales over here.

assistant/atlas February 2, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Wait–most Wonkette commenters are female?

[straightens collar, checks breath]

Hey, ladies…nice snarkfest we’re having today, eh?

ManchuCandidate February 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I’m a female?

(Grabs chest and checks pants)

Nope. No man boobies either.

V572625694 February 2, 2009 at 4:47 pm

[re=234306]loquaciousmusic[/re]: Win.

chascates February 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Bravo to the daring Dallasites! Denby, like most traditional journalists, see themselves being marginalized by the online democracy. As well they should.
Rise up, oh fellow cyber serfs! The revolution will be online!
(If I can just manage to keep my electricity and broadband paid for.)

magic titty February 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm

What does Wonkette being “mostly women” have to do with anything??
Because firstly, that’s factually not correct, and secondly, huh?

40-60 year old white males just really aren’t getting it done these days…

Sussemilch February 2, 2009 at 4:49 pm

David needs to do a little fact checking in my pants.

Bronkers February 2, 2009 at 4:50 pm

[re=234306]loquaciousmusic[/re]: I was, and still am, last time I checked. Time for a potty break?

My, but Denby (Dumby?) comes off poorly in this whole episode. Props to Laura for good grilling and to Brett for reportage.

4tehlulz February 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I think we have been too tough on Mr. Denby. After all, this place does not really possess the rigor of paragons of journalistic virtue like Judith Miller, Robert Novak, and David Gregory.

Monsieur Grumpe February 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm

My wife is going to be pissed off at me for being mostly women.

V572625694 February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

[re=234319]magic titty[/re]: Plus if we were women, we could all run out and buy vibrators and have forty orgasms in a row.

saridout February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

aww see now? we texans are not all bad people…

Bronkers February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

[re=234319]magic titty[/re]: You are so right… Viz: Our PRESIDENT, who IS getting it done. But I better not tell my boss this; one needs one’s paycheck.

Inadequate Blackmail February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

You mean ya’ll aren’t all chicks? Oh, fuck this. I’m going to Confluence.

Botswana Meat Commission FC February 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

First he gets shown up week in, week out by Anthony Lane. Now random Wonkette callers are calling him out on NPR? Poor, poor guy.

SayItWithWookies February 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

This has to be a ruse — nobody can be this obliviously sanctimonious without having had experience in the previous administration. I’m betting he’s doing this to research his next book, Asshole: How a Narcissistic Whiny Twatwaffle Made Everybody Sick of Him.

Sharif DelMonte February 2, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Attention Mr. Denby: Some of us just wear the underwear strictly as a comfort thing. Also, dressing like wonder woman while your girlfriend wears a strap on and a teddy ruxpin head is strictly heterosexual, in today’s zeitgeist.

rocktonsammy February 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

FREE Ann Coulter?

Shes a woman, right?

MegsOfMegs February 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Ah, so we’re all just wimminz on here catfighting and snarking and pulling celebrity hair?

Methinks Denby is reading these comments, sweatily imagining we’re all fighty wimminz who will suddenly stop word-wrestling and just start making out in a p0rntastic blog fuckfest.

Such imaginings would fit with what usually brings him to teh internets.

madtowngooner February 2, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I’m confused. Wonkette is mostly womens. OK, but what’s up with the massive ad with the Coulterguist? Is she a womenz? No. Then I guess Wonkette is mostly womenz. Snark, snark, snark, just in case Denby is fact checking, bwah hah hah

The Cold Sea February 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Denby wouldn’t know snark if it bit him on the ass. He wouldn’t know TruckNutz if they dangled in his face. From my teabag to your nose, Denby.

tiny mexican February 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm

As a Vagina-American, I must admit to feeling there’s a slightly depressed, going-through-the-motions feel to this entire show. You continue to drain the poetry, fantasy, and comedy out of Gawker’s original conception for “Wonkette”.

There, how’s that for catty? BAM!

WadISay February 2, 2009 at 5:01 pm

If “Laura” had to pledge, I hope she wins the bottle of cabernet and the trip to Healdsburg.

[re=234324]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Plus, if I am a woman, then I must also be a lesbian, since I still find women attractive. This has certainly been an interesting day.

Kev-O-Tron February 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm

So PUMApac says we’re all “boiz” and Denby says we’re all “girls.” For two groups that don’t read a lot of Wonkette they sure to purport to know a lot about us.

Today we are all gender-confused commentators. (usually it’s just me.)

GlennBecksFelch February 2, 2009 at 5:03 pm


4tehlulz February 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm

[re=234345]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Maybe we should do a special Wonkette issue of Chicks with Dicks and pledge the proceeds to KERA.

Traveler February 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm

He is such a denby!

And there is a sexist tenor to this concern of his about the gender of the posters and commenters on this here internet thingy. With the tubes.

Another XY Wonkette commenter.

mei0023 February 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Denby forgets Internet Rule #30: There are no women on the internet.

assistant/atlas February 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I know you don’t want to harp on this, but can we do this again at a future Denby interview? Frightening confused old people is one of my favorite things in life.

[re=234340]MegsOfMegs[/re]: Ummm…that is what brings me to teh internets.

Tommmcatt February 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm


Really? Dude, we were robbed….

bitchincamaro February 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Apropriately chastened, Denby retreats to his pornatorium for a self-inflicted fapping to within an inch of his miserable life. And I mean inch.

I Am Not Your Gary Busey February 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Yay, Laura! Doing us proud up here in big hair land.
Its a shame my radio’s broken and I’m too lazy to get it repaired, all I have to choose from car listening-wise is hippie talk radio, sports talk radio, or a ten year old scratchy-ass cassette of Centro-Matic.

gjdodger February 2, 2009 at 5:09 pm

“mostly written by women”

Larry Craig has just left the building.

jagorev February 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

I wasn’t really caring about this whole thing until I read he said this:

“mostly written by women… and reflects the nasty, mean nature of snark”

What a douche. No, seriously, what a huge douche.

Gorillionaire February 2, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Hey, just because I cry at a Sondheim tune or two…

imissopus February 2, 2009 at 5:12 pm

He’s right. If only all the pissed-off bitches would just stay barefoot and pregnant at all times, they wouldn’t have time to make with the snark.

Hey David I had trouble getting laid in high school, but I got over it.

rev_matt_y February 2, 2009 at 5:16 pm

This guy is dumber than advertised. Reminds me of the part of Al Franken’s “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” where he calls the official fact checker for the Rush Limbaugh show. Wonder if it’s the same guy, his inability to get the most basic facts correct seems to be a match.

KEN LAYNE. I don’t know very many (any) girls named KEN. And reading the comments on a single post on Wonkette would show an overwhelming number of men, most of whom throw out TMI like it was going out of style (not criticizing, just pointing it out) and leave no doubt about their gender.

Also: the sale of Wonkette was just a little bit of a big deal in new media press. 6 out of 10 of the first page of google results for “wonkette +gawker” are headlined “Gawker sells off Wonkette” or some variation thereof.

Woodwards Friend February 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm

In David Denby’s world, if you engage in snark you’re either a woman or a gay bottom (which after three beers is practically the same thing).

CivicHoliday February 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

i can haz hermaphrodidic bloggrz?

actor212 February 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

So now I’m a chick, huh?


If only that meant I could feel myself up.

Mustang February 2, 2009 at 5:20 pm

He can tell from the way I dot my Is and Js with hearts, I bet.

Colander February 2, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Just because none of us would willingly sleep with David Denby, doesn’t mean we’re all women.

queeraselvis v 2.0 February 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Dear Eds. (XX and XY notwithstanding):
Not giving two shits about Denby personally, but OMFG that Ann Coulter ad/pic is making my penis go all turtle-like. She looks like a piranha that got attacked at the MAC counter.

Lascauxcaveman February 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

[re=234343]tiny mexican[/re]: Hey, give ‘em a break. Slow news day.

Cicada February 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Aha! Apparently my deep loathing for Sarah Palin is merely a byproduct of the fact that we both have vaginas (although mine has not been stretched to cavernous proportions by multiple births).

Thank you for making it all clear Denby, you twunt.

woke up liberal February 2, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Wait, what’s wrong with snark? He wrote a snarky, anti snark book and you are giving him bandwidth? I’m going to write to Gawker and tell them that you women have to go.

riffin1 February 2, 2009 at 5:28 pm

What sort of things does a ‘mostly female’ have in their pants…

S.Luggo February 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

[re=234343]tiny mexican[/re]: Particularly the poetry. Ah, how I long for days when I could mark the metrical patterns of the snark and the musical metaphors for butt fucking.

Kev-O-Tron February 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

[re=234381]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: I have never been so happy with my work computers Ad Blocker. I used to miss out on all the American Apparel jokes but this is different.

[re=234373]rev_matt_y[/re]: TMI? What? You didn’t want to read my dissertation on life as a confused, alcholic, half-fag?

Origami February 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Ah, I see, by Denby logic all people who perform “snark” are female or female-like and thus bad, horrible, fake humans with no souls. Us silly gals with our female-ness are not even worthy of being humans.

God. It is so easy to hate this guy.

donner_froh February 2, 2009 at 5:32 pm

[re=234319]magic titty[/re]: 40-60 year old white males just really aren’t getting it done these days…

They (we in my case) never were–not in the past couple of decades at least.

S.Luggo February 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

[re=234306]loquaciousmusic[/re]: Or womanish. Time for yoga class.

rev_matt_y February 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm

[re=234391]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Kev, I love you most of all ;)

@Origami: I hadn’t noted that little bit before, but now that you mention it his thesis seems to be “Women=bad”.

wheelie February 2, 2009 at 5:39 pm

It has a picture of a girl on it, ergo, it is all written by wimminz. And don’t forget that wimminz divorce people, people like David Denby. Women are terrible! They do not hit you, but they hurt you with their tongues, their mean and bitter words, their sheer dominating cruelty . . .

What’s that, Mother? You want to punish me again?? But Mother, please . . . please . . . I will be a good boy . . . No, Mother, I do not want to kiss you good night, not in that way . . . Yes, yes, Mother . . .

I will Obey.

*ree ree ree*

donner_froh February 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

[re=234381]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Ann is the perfect example of “I wouldn’t ______ her with your _______.

Can be Mad Libbed as necessary.

Iggy Plop February 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Oh, man, so Denby’s argument boils down to “snark is bad because women have issues with other women in public and are heartless because they are so self-absorbed.” Also, judging from the repeated .gif attached to all Denby stories, he’s starring in a sequel to the “Ring” J-horror franchise. Neither fact is going to help his credibility.

itgetter February 2, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Oh good lord. He actually continues to insist that Wonkette is written “mostly” by women.

You can download the podcast here and Laura’s call starts at 18:45.

echoman2000 February 2, 2009 at 5:46 pm

my gender reassignment kit was destroyed in last weeks FED EX crash. what am i to do?

TGY February 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Wait, this wouldn’t be the same operative ‘Laura’ as in ‘Laura-with-mysterious-business-card-in-underwear’ fame? Tis a stiff note in one’s britches or somesuch.

Lionel Hutz Esq. February 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

In the end, it is all right, since Most of Denby’s columns are written by girls too.

[re=234326]V572625694[/re]: I was just thinking that now that I’m a woman, I’m going to have a lot more fun masturbating tonight.

[re=234345]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Has anyone gone over to the confluence et al and let them know that we are all women (or is that wimyn?) and that they should stop being so bigoted against us?

[re=234353]mei0023[/re]: Very true. It is a well known fact that anyone that claims to be a woman on the internet is in fact either Larry Craig or some other Republican.

psilage February 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

The problem with snark, as Mr Denby well knows, is that it lives beneath the bed. His own bed, but also especially, young wimmins’ beds. Also. And when left alone, it multiplies in the night. And soon, it is crawling all over the walls and saying all kinds of shit about you. Young wimmin go inside the internet and come out infested with it, and then they are coming into a respectable man’s room at night, with mouth open and fangs drawn, and all kinds of shit about you comes out and then you’re screwed.

shortsshortsshorts February 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

If I became a woman right now I would lose my job due to chronic masturbation.

saggyboobedhag February 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Exactly what dumbshit would buy this book in the first place? . . . who buys books about the internets tubes? . . . and who would pay Denby to do anything?

Maybe I’m just lost in perimenopause (again) but none of this makes any sense to me. No wonder the country’s economy is in the crapper.

facehead February 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

We get all the guyz together and next time it snows we go to his house and pee our names into the snow (no woman could do that, ok, maybe Cher could).

hockeymom February 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Ann Coulter? Bring back Ed McMahon, I say.
re: Denby. Suck it, loser.

Hopey dont play that game February 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

donner_froh: I would suggest “I wouldn’t fuck Denby with Ann Coulter’s dick!” A statement that is somehow less gender confused and sexist than Denby himself.

AWOcoholic February 2, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Clearly he based all his facts on the GIANT ANN CUNTER advert on the left. WTF?

stopmebeforeitypeagain February 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

[re=234324]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: My wife is still, half-heartedly, looking for the part of me that isn’t women. She is getting discouraged. Please advise.

Sarah Palin is a woman, and we know where that gets us. Also.

Either Denby is confused or I am. My money is on Denby.

Guppy06 February 2, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Men, women… what does it matter? All we talk about here is ass-fucking, and we all have the proper plumbing for that!

Kev-O-Tron February 2, 2009 at 6:07 pm

[re=234409]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: PUMApac is all feministy about the SuperBowl and the Confluence reads like they went off their meds.

Malkin’s been prattling on about Obama’s little crack at the end of his Lauer interview yesterday. He commented about Us Weekly covering up his picture on the cover with a headline about Ashley Simpson. He made an innocuous remark about the headline that I knew would be fodder for Malkin and she is OUTRAGED (shocked!) that he could be so insensitive!!!!1! Yes, miss “Graeme Frost is fair game” herself is lecturing on sensitivity.

RE: Denby. What a dick. Obviously I read other news sources but Wonkette just calms my nerves. I don’t know what I would have done without this site over the last eight months. You don’t like snark? don’t fucking read it! He’s got a lot of nerve. Like Kathy Griffin said “we don’t come down to where you work and knock the dicks out of your mouth.”

Tra February 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Just want to take a moment to say “Yay, Laura!”

Hey, can we borrow your phone?

AnnieGetYourFun February 2, 2009 at 6:09 pm

[re=234332]SayItWithWookies[/re]: You come up with the BEST hypothetical book titles.

I’m curious about the percentage of female commenters here, as I suspect it’s high, but I doubt it’s more than half. And to be honest, as a vagina-possessing consumer of snark, most of the best snark on the web comes from men. Even the better celeb gossip blogs (not you, Perez) are written by men.

AnnieGetYourFun February 2, 2009 at 6:11 pm

“mostly written by women… and reflects the nasty, mean nature of snark”

Maybe he only reads in the morning, when Sara has the writing mostly to herself?

Tra February 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Oh, and Denby? F– off, you sanctimonious hypocrite.

There, wasn’t that nice and snark-free?

Redhead February 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I’m TRYING to listen to the podcast of this interview but my dog won’t quit growling at my laptop… Just as well, I’m getting really sick of the way he ends? Every sentence and phrase? With an upward inflection? Like it’s a question? Even though it isn’t really?

Makes sense though… if I was on the radio after not bothering to research ANY of my facts, I’d be questioning myself as I went too…

AxmxZ February 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm


Wait, what do you mean “that’s not a vagina”?


AnnieGetYourFun February 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

[re=234411]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: You all seem to be under the impression that women have insatiable sexual appetites, love feeling the softness of our own breasts, and have outstanding orgasms several times a day.

What’s that? Oh, nothing. Just pointing out that you guys are occasionally right about stuff.

tunamelt February 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Hey ladies, how you doin’?

Maus February 2, 2009 at 6:22 pm

[re=234423]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: “PUMApac is all feministy about the SuperBowl”

TBQH all the ads were shit and perhaps this is the only feminist-related thing PUMApac has ever been right about, ever.

shortsshortsshorts February 2, 2009 at 6:24 pm

[re=234439]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Hahaha WIN

Godot February 2, 2009 at 6:25 pm

How does Denby know the gender of most Wonkette commenters? For all he knows, we’re all the same person with one or two hundred different accounts.

Czn939 February 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Wonkette is mostly teh wymynz?
I have only one thing to say about that….

Czn939 February 2, 2009 at 6:27 pm

[re=234445]Maus[/re]: that wasn’t the only thing on the superbowl…


WadISay February 2, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I’ve only been a womyn a few minutes now, and I already hate the phallo-centric hegemony by oppressor pigs like Denby. Plus, I’m re-thinking Hillary Clinton.

Neilist February 2, 2009 at 6:36 pm

If all you others are chicks, when the hell am I going to get laid?

(Ken, bend over. I’ll drive.)

SayItWithWookies February 2, 2009 at 7:01 pm

[re=234406]itgetter[/re]: I can’t believe I listened to almost that whole thing. Denby sees ad-hominem and name-calling on the web, calls that snark, and rails against everything that fits the actual more broad characterization of snarkiness. What’s very telling about how bereft this definition is, is that during the show the host brings up examples of biting sarcasm and Denby says they’re not snark because the author is famous (no, he really makes this argument).
So really, his definition of snark boils down to “mean things said about me by people I’ve never heard of.” Jesus, Denby — you know you could walk faster if you didn’t carry your placenta around everywhere, right?

NoWireHangers February 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

What a stupid, lazy piece of poo that David Denby is. Wonkette is mostly men, something anyone who reads this blog would know from:

A. All the horn-ball comments

B. Ken’s shill for blog-ads in which he plainly states that Our Wonkette is: wildly popular among a mostly male, very affluent and well educated adult crowd.

What I’m sayin’ is that it’s a good place to catch a husband.

shanemacgowan February 2, 2009 at 7:27 pm

[re=234373]rev_matt_y[/re]: Since there is at least one man named Ann, I’m sure that there is a woman named Ken somewhere.

NYNYNY February 2, 2009 at 7:27 pm

My favorite thing about NPR is how they have guest after guest on and jerk them off with soft ball questions. It’s all so good-natured. I mean, they have a monopoly on what they do…a very real one. They could actually be more…journalistic. But I guess what people want is the endless quaint prattling.

tiger February 2, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Ha ha! David Denby, *she’s* such a bag of nozzles…More elitist Emily Post-like preciosity. Just what the country needs: someone whining about something inconsequential and getting paid for it. I think to myself, “now, this is JUST what all the starving and homeless people need to read in their hobo jungles…”.

Lionel Hutz Esq. February 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

[re=234439]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Further proof of why you are one of my favorite Wonketteers. Now, if you will excuse me, I have to disapear for five minutes…….,

Wait, I’m a women now, so if you will excuse me, I have to take a half-hour warm shower.

wheelie February 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm

[re=234492]NoWireHangers[/re]: So, how has that worked out for you?

MegsOfMegs February 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Wonkette: Warblog for Women.

IceCreamEmpress February 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm

during the show the host brings up examples of biting sarcasm and Denby says they’re not snark because the author is famous (no, he really makes this argument)

American sucker says WHAT?

Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul February 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm

So, I listened to the podcast. Or at least the part where Laura does her brave but futile effort to tell this man he’s got it all wrong. I mean even the PUMA ladies would be offended by his claim that the piece about Chelsea Clinton was a strange by-product of a catfight.

The Ted Kennedy stuff… Apparently Mr Denby hasn’t been awake for the last – what? – 2000 years. Making fun of somebody’s death or about our leaders’ shortcomings has always been an important thing of Western, Mediterranean, Muslim etc. literature. Kinda interesting he didn’t pick any of those millions of utterly un-respectful posts about John McCain’s health.


But of course, I have seen it too: Some oldskool journalists have developed a blind spot what comes to the Internet. They can’t understand the anonymity of the commentators, or the numerous allusions to all kinds of works in all possible levels of the human culture, from LOLCATZ to Stendhal.

Scandalabra February 2, 2009 at 7:58 pm

If ms. Denby wants to critique snark, she should start with Bob Dylan’s early sixties output. That should put her out of the running for life. Sorry, loser

Jean Hotman, Marquis de Villers-St-Paul February 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Shit, I was being serious. Maybe it’s a part of my newly found femininity? Gimme some TRUCK NUTZ!!!11

102415 February 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Thank you “Laura” but of course now it’s totally true that we are all females/she-males here. You proved it to him. All one of you.
We have some very talented reviewers here who do understand Hell, Truck Nutz and why it is unnecessary to read the material before reviewing and giving it a 5 star rating. Now Denby can get a shot of what he ladles out so sloppily to everyone.

RacerMex February 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I submit that I am male as evidence of Denby’s douchbaggery.

102415 February 2, 2009 at 8:18 pm

[re=234524]Scandalabra[/re]: You’ve got a lotta nerve. You’d rather see him paralyzed.

Low overhang February 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Now when my wife comes home and finds me sitting here with her “things” on I can point out this post and say I am in solidarity and showing my feminine side

AnnieGetYourFun February 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

[re=234430]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: I didn’t mean to denigrate Juli’s good work, but since she is not allowed yet to snark full-time, I frequently forget to include her in the batch. Which is wrong of me. I apologize. Juli’s vagina just about evens things out, unless we count jfruh as TWO men, because he is so virile. It’s a tough call.

Gallowglass February 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Man, I make an uglier woman than I do a man. What a tool.

Mr Blifil February 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I wondered what that fucking pool of blood I was sitting in was. Turns out I hit menses.

kdelarosa22 February 2, 2009 at 9:19 pm

All my lady bits are intact and in proper working order. Wonkette, here I come. That douche bag is so scared of women it isn’t even funny. Everyone knows gay men are the biggest bitches on the planet anyway. Gah!

Marlowe February 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

If you want to hurt yourself, check the Think episode at

After discoursing on wonkette, he takes on Tom Wolfe.

DustBowlBlues February 2, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Oh, Ken. Never apologize for posting a story that gives the wonkeratti a chance to affirm to each other how great wonkette.com is and, of course, by extension how snarky clever we are for being in the “exclusive” group.

Denby is the kind of person who should stay shut up in a library reading the OED all day with evening breaks to take part in his Sherlock Holmes re-enactor group.

Whoop-te-doo, the Lorab just kicked in. While I’m even fuzzier in the head than usual, I’m remembering someone who posted a few days ago that s/he was about to into a work meeting and find out who would be getting laid off. (layed off? In this economy, that could be an important grammatical point). I’ve wondered several times how that worked out.

DustBowlBlues February 2, 2009 at 9:55 pm

[re=234326]V572625694[/re]: It isn’t that easy.

DustBowlBlues February 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm

[re=234353]mei0023[/re]: There damned sure are women on the internets where my husband hangs out. At least, really nasty pictures of women. Since I taught him how to use empy cache, he’s old guy gone wild.

DustBowlBlues February 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm

[re=234574]DustBowlBlues[/re]: lortab. Like I said, it had just kicked in.

ALIVE! February 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

He stammers through not knowing Jim was a dude

In fairness, Jim gets that a lot.

slavojzizek February 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Of course most of the commenters on Wonkette are women. Wonkette is the blog owned by Gawker devoted to celebrity, sex and fashion for women. Everyone knows that.

Trace February 2, 2009 at 11:07 pm

Well, it always used to flatter me when someone thought me a bio-chick, so I’m down with this Denby guy. Keep on keepin’ on, fella.

Bearbloke February 2, 2009 at 11:50 pm

[re=234306]loquaciousmusic[/re]: Take a walk on the wild side…

Fly Over Girl February 3, 2009 at 12:23 am

This place has severly lacked estrogen since we don’t get updates on Butterstick and the Buttseks. The menz in charge only care about the cocktoberfest.

Bring back the pandas, dammitz!

shortsshortsshorts February 3, 2009 at 2:14 am

Hahaha this is essentially a battle for money.

SNAEK SNAEK SNAEK SNAEK SNAEK SNAEK SNAEK SNAEK. DENBY IS RIGHT. That term gets mighty annoying after you mention it in a book say, 100,000 times.

Captain Swing February 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

Hey, Dengleberry- Checking things out? Journalism? Funny, I don’t remember that post where I claimed to be journalist. Come to think of it, I’ve never read a post from any Wonketteer making such a claim.

Mind you, if I was going to publish something like a book, for instance, in which I presented data as fact and expected people to hand over their hard earned shekels for it, then I might make an effort to get things right.

But then I’m just a humble snarkmeister, not a serious journalist like your august self, right Davo?

missannethrope February 3, 2009 at 7:52 am

Now hold on just a minute: guys are jealous of my female ladygirl fun bits? There must be some way I can make money offa this.

Deepthroat February 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

loquaciousmusic: (I bet he LOVES Phil Collins, also.)

Capitol Hillbilly February 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

which one of you gals wants to iron my shirt?

Humble Respectable Flexible February 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

The outpouring of emotion, love and respect and trucknutz on Denby’s Amazon review is so ridiculously heartwarming! I could just hug you all.

Crazybroad February 3, 2009 at 10:50 am

[re=234348]4tehlulz[/re]: AMEN, Sister/Brother/OH WHO THE F*** CARES!

Crazybroad February 3, 2009 at 10:54 am

[re=234750]Humble Respectable Flexible[/re]: I can’t even read all the love for fear of losing it (and my job). Mr. Toad is my new hero!

thefrontpage February 3, 2009 at 11:07 am

Who’s this David Denby guy everyone’s talking about?

Mighty Rex February 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

When do I get bewbs? I’d like a nice set of B-cups, plzthx.

Schadenfried February 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

[re=234332]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Den(n)ises Miller and Leary already took that title.

finland February 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm

in the words of that snarkiest of female bloggers, atrios, sounds like it’s time for another conference on blogger ethics!

foog February 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Fuck me Jim, but quoting that LAT interview snippet not only demonstrates, but fucking embodies the efficacy and genius of Snark. Thank you. Why, I’m going to cut and paste it right here cause it makes my eyeballs so happy:

[LAT]: You lay out nine Principles of Snark. Which of these is the worst? Which is most personally offensive to you?

Denby: No. 5. Total disregard of routine journalism. No phone calls, no checking things out. Journalism should try not to slander people.

misterslippery February 4, 2009 at 3:01 am

I can finally reveal President Obamas secret email address.


you heard it hear first

ducandy February 20, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I KNEW I was a Lesbian when I found myself reading snarky-old Wonkette everyday.
I also fantasize drilling that cute logo-gal with the glasses.

Now I get Tina Fey!

What a day of revelations.

Andy (Wonketter?)

Also, however…

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