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

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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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40 comments

  1. Bearbloke

    [re=311973]Bearbloke[/re]:

    [her brandy]
    /fixed

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

  2. TeddyS

    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.

  3. Brendan M.

    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?

  4. mrcrimmins

    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…

  5. Tommmcatt

    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.

  6. freakishlystrong

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

  7. wheelie

    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.

  8. TimesUp

    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!”

  9. Lascauxcaveman

    “…commentary, any idiot can do it.”

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

  10. V572625694

    “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 VoiceofSanDiego.org (or even “voice of Santiago,” as Ariana calls it), which is actually a worthy post-dead-tree-media journalistical enterprise.

  11. chascates

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

  12. lawrenceofthedesert

    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!

  13. Bill_TX

    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.

    Verily.

  14. JoeSmithHomo

    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!

  15. RoscoePColtraine

    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.

  16. sati demise

    [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.

  17. Marcel Parcells

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

  18. Anonymous Office Zombie

    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?

  19. Naked Bunny with a Whip

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

  20. Naked Bunny with a Whip

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

  21. One Yield Regular

    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.

  22. OpusOne

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

  23. Gorillionaire

    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.

  24. Bearbloke

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

  25. GreatOldOnesParty

    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.

  26. sati demise

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

  27. Scandalabra

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

  28. archivketch

    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.

  29. Lazy Media

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

  30. Bruno

    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.

  31. dkissam

    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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