PEGGY'S WORLD  2:21 pm May 8, 2009

Peggy Noonan Worries That Internet Writers Cannot Perform Five-month Undercover Journalistic Investigations In Newark!

by Jim Newell

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Madame regina St. Peggintonia Noonanshire of the Wall Street Journal banking pamphlet guest-hosted a special version of Mornington Joeington today, and one of the topics was the Death of Newspapers and Journalism. In this snippetington, she interrupts a polite conversation between Mika and Arianna to declare an Official Sadness over how, in the future times, our greatest newspapers will not be able to afford sending a single reporter “undercover” to Newark, New Jersey for five months. “Oh well.” Then she calls everyone who does anything on the Internet an idiot, especially in San Diego. Just a very rude woman sometimes, Peggington is. [MSNBC]

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Bearbloke May 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Peggy worries that he brandy decanter may run dry someday.. silly Peggy…

facehead May 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

The bluebird flies at midnight.

Bearbloke May 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm


[her brandy]

…dam drunks can’teven type rite… where’s my bourbon?!….

TeddyS May 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

She just wrecked an undercover investigation the Times has been carrying out in Newark for the past five months. Thanks, your Peggyiness. Now we’ll never know what happened to Meadow Soprano.

magic titty May 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Thanks Jim. I was just beginning to wonder where the white ladies was at.

Brendan M. May 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Wow, I never realized that Arianna and Mika were so thoughtful and insightful. Usually when I see Mika speak, I find her quite dull and inane, but for some reason, she comes off as almost brilliant in that clip.

And, my answer, in order of appearance, is: sure, definitely, and why not?

mrcrimmins May 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm

if any idiot can write great commentary, as p-funk suggests, what kind of idiot does it take to write vapid musings and also act like she knows what the voice of san diego is but in fact have no clue and come off as a straight up boner?

reporting to you undercover from the blistering streets of newark…

Tommmcatt May 8, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Huffington really is a Zsa-Zsa for the post-911 era.

Incidentally, why is Peggy Noonan consulted on anything, by anyone, at any time? I would love to give a shit about her opinion, but what did this woman ever actually do? She’s the Great Gatsby of old school conservatism.

freakishlystrong May 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

The more I see of Peggington “the vapors” Noonington, the more I think, “shit, this woman is deeply weird”

TGY May 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Well, *somebody* certainly hasn’t had sex this millennium.

wheelie May 8, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Blogs are all very well, but real newspaper reporters are needed to stalk the mean streets of Manhattan to report why the man in the clothes store is saying his rent is too high, or to tell us that “a good friend tells me that her dentist is considering early retirement because of the recession.” It costs $$$$$$ to train skilled Peggies to do these investigations.

TimesUp May 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Willy is just sitting there with that bad I-want-mommy-to-whip-me look. And all the while Pegster is flapping on, she is giving it to him out of the corner of her eye…”oh, yeah William, you’re gonna get it!”

magic titty May 8, 2009 at 2:47 pm

[re=311984]Tommmcatt[/re]: Oh thank you for that.

Lascauxcaveman May 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

“…commentary, any idiot can do it.”

Peggy is cute and fun to be around, but she talks too much about herself.

V572625694 May 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

“Are these journalists working on the net going to get paid in the way they are valued?” Mika asks. Isn’t it obvious that they already are getting paid what they’re worth?

[re=311984]Tommmcatt[/re]: Peggy says, “Any idiot can comment on the Internet.” Any idiot like me, she should have said. Nooners wrote the 1000-pints-of-Lite speech for GHW Bush and has parleyed that into all-purpose commentary expertise. Good on Ariana for slapping her down about (or even “voice of Santiago,” as Ariana calls it), which is actually a worthy post-dead-tree-media journalistical enterprise.

chascates May 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

[re=311984]Tommmcatt[/re]: Win for Zsa-Zsa. Although Peggy isn’t Ms Gabor in fashion taste.

Bypartizoa May 8, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Nobody will go to Newark without being paid.

V572625694 May 8, 2009 at 2:55 pm

[re=312001]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: Yours was cleverer. Hat tip.

lawrenceofthedesert May 8, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Hey, Peg, if it’s too expensive to do it, take a pay cut. Peg? You there?

If the MSM were as good as she wants us to believe, they wouldn’t be in big trouble. In fact, journalism was taken over in the 80′s by a bunch of yuppies with zero street smarts, Noonoid being one, and it went down the toilet. The evening news is unwatchable and devoid of content, and the papers have a few people who can research, but almost nobody who can write or edit (and no re-write guys, which says volumes). A columnist who can write is lost among 25 other columnists at the dailies, a trick the papers pulled so they wouldn’t have to pay any columnist the really big bucks a la Breslin or Royko — forgetting as they did that the good columnists sell newspapers. Noonie says “anyone can write opinion,” but that’s only true of her level of opinion writing, not of the good stuff. What a hack!

Bill_TX May 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Mademoiselle Noonington’s incoherent, Victorian-era, vaporous
clouds of elitist country-club conservative pap are always
such a fine complement to my rather dull Friday afternoons.


JoeSmithHomo May 8, 2009 at 3:01 pm

That’s OK Peggilita, ’cause, you know, it will just add to the mystery of Newark because maybe Newark needs to be mysterious or maybe we should just walk right by Neward altogether… you mind numbingly stupid twat!

RoscoePColtraine May 8, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I wish Wonkette would not be so mean to Peggy. I like her. I think something about her smile and demeanor reminds me of when I was a toddler and my mommy would lay me on my back and powder my hiney.

sati demise May 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm

[re=312009]lawrenceofthedesert[/re]: But she is going to need another ‘visit’ with her ‘plastic surgeon’ in order to command the big bucks. Looking good at her age is e.x.p.e.n.s.i.v.e, and oh so important.

Marcel Parcells May 8, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Eh, I spent five hours in Newark today, and I learned enough, for free.

Anonymous Office Zombie May 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Why would anyone in their right mind invite Lady Noonington, debutante extraordinaire, mind firmly ensconced in the ancien regime of the Upper Crust, East Coast, Establishment Journalism of time past, to participate in a discussion of future media?

Naked Bunny with a Whip May 8, 2009 at 3:17 pm

But what did Peggy have to say to Elmo during her visit to Sesame Street?

Naked Bunny with a Whip May 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm

@Marcel Parcells: Do you work for a Serious Newspaper? If not, your experience doesn’t count, peon.

One Yield Regular May 8, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Peggy has a really good point. It IS expensive for the MSM to keep real journalists on the payroll. After shelling out $18 million a year to Glenn Beck, getting high profile commentary from opinion stars like David Brooks and Bill Kristol, and maintaining the premiums on Andy Rooney’s insurance, there’s simply not much left for anything else.

Jukesgrrl May 8, 2009 at 3:24 pm

I’m so surprised Dame Peggy has heard of Newark. It IS below 57th Street.

Min May 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm

So many clues. So little time to get one.

OpusOne May 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

So that must mean all those homeless people in Newark are undercover bloggers. No? Not undercover? Just bloggers. Right.

Gorillionaire May 8, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I love how Arianna has her polite TV smile on the whole time while the rest of her is quietly saying “dear god you are such a dumb cunt.” And yes of course I want to be her slave boyfriend.

Bearbloke May 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm

[re=312098]Gorillionaire[/re]: But she’ll give you a touch of teh ghey – just ask her former (now FAB-ulous) ex-husband Michael…

GreatOldOnesParty May 8, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Why is it that everyone in the MSM talks about the MSM like it’s someone else and not them?
ie. FAUX NOOZ can complain about the MSM and also brag about their ratings for only so long before someone has to declare an official and justly recognized “shenanigans” on their collective asses.

sati demise May 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm

[re=312045]One Yield Regular[/re]: ‘zactly.
Billo and Hannity are expensives, too.

Scandalabra May 8, 2009 at 6:45 pm

When you think about it, could a pundit have a more sublime name than “Huffington”?

archivketch May 8, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Here in Dago VOSD is the go-to place for what passes for media gossip, economic real estate meltdown or political hi-jinx. When the lame-o Union Tribune won a Pulitzer for their EDITORIAL CARTOONIST you could smell the contempt. VOSD breaks the good stuff.

But VOSD thinks they are getting kinda famous, so knock ‘em down a few pegs and we can keep ‘em as our own…otherwise the world will turn them into people like her Marchioness of Noonington.

For people in our tattered little burg who care, VOSD is changing the way they get the news.

Lazy Media May 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Wait, Newell, are you claiming that you’re NOT an idiot? ‘Cause, bitch, please.

Bruno May 9, 2009 at 5:25 am

I thought internet bloggers and commenters had nothing but time on their hands? Now the question is if we want to get off our sofa and investigate anything. Especially in Newark.

dkissam May 9, 2009 at 8:33 am

Why do we need someone to go undercover for five months in Newark to report the same story that can now be reported by someone who already lives in Newark and is intimately involved with the story?

This is like mourning how teaching the natives to read and write means there will be less need for anthropologists.

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