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Famous Wonkette Editor Alex Pareene Dumping Gawker For Salon

What was this, anyway? Some election? Mark Foley?Alex Pareene, former editor of this site and current political writer for Gawker and the guy who kindly brought your current editor (that’s me fukkas) aboard the USS Wonkette back in the summer of 2006, is leaving the Gawker Empire to write the politics or whatever for … Salon!!!

This means that two (2) of the best-ever Internet Writers are now at Salon at the same time: Pareene and Heather Havrilesky. So you should probably read Salon now?

We are just assuming this is true because we “read it somewhere,” so, Pareene: Tell us if it’s untrue. [NY Observer]

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44 comments

  1. Flanders

    So casual! So handsome!

    (That’s all I can say, I’m at work. Read between the lines.)

  2. JMP

    It seems like all these former Wonketters are getting these kind of establishment gigs these days. Will CNN be bringing SKS on to counterbalance Erick son of Erick next?


  3. Post author
    Ken Layne

    [re=550689]hockeymom[/re]: In 2006, that’s where.

    God, so many years typing jokes on a blog, for a living ….

  4. qwerty42

    [re=550689]hockeymom[/re]: I think that pic was from live blogging the 2006 elections … a bunch of bloggers got together in some bar in DC and went at it. It was a long time ago.

  5. Cicada

    [re=550696]Ken Layne[/re]: Buck up, amigo. Your jokey blog is where the rest of us turn when we can’t handle the cruel reality of Slate.

    I kid, I kid. Nobody reads Slate.

  6. Chernobyl Soup

    All of these stories about Wonkette editors moving to other gigs gives me a strange sense of foreboding. I can’t handle much more change please!

  7. S.Luggo

    Gawd. The Manhole certainly has changed.

    BTW: Havrilesky should try writing when she’s had at least two hours sleep.

  8. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Will he be writing about who should be the real champion of Donkey Kong? Because that is the only reason I read Salon.

  9. problemwithcaring

    [re=550726]magic titty[/re]: Unreadable is a step up for those tomes posing as internet articles on Salon, so WIN. Right?

  10. Katydid

    [re=550672]SayItWithWookies[/re]: That’s a charitable way to put it. Although, it’s a good thing Pareene has a sausage and meatballs, because at Salon, people with buns can only write about food and teevee and clothes and dirty words and all kindsa girly things. Except for Joan-pseudo-liberal-will-everyone-please-please-please-love-me-especially-fuckface-Chris-Matthews-Walsh. But I really don’t want to bring up that one.

    But yay for Alex?

  11. thefrontpage

    Who the hell is Alec Parreen and what the hell is Salon? Why the hell would anyone name a publication “Salon?” Who the hell reads “Salon?”

  12. Dreamer

    First Foster Kamer leaving for the Village Voice and now Pareene leaving for Salon. Losing two of my favourite Gawker writers, plus Julie and SKS leaving Wonkette in less than a month apart is hard to handle. All this unwelcome change might turn me into a teabagger — minus all the hate and misspelled signs.

  13. Jukesgrrl

    And where is intern Riley? I had high hopes for him and his pink sweater. Did he replace Kal Penn at the White House? Or did he just stop coming to work like a typical twenty-something wanker? If he auditioned for CNN, I trust you canned his ass — it’s all the rage these days.

  14. JMP

    [re=550738]Katydid[/re]: I do believe the noted woman-hating, right-wing lesbian who shall go unnamed also talks of other subjects; but that’s about it.

  15. Mr Blifil

    Ken we all know what this is prelude to: your multi-picture deal with some middlebrow media presence {IFC Channel? Showtime? Sundance?) wherein you present an insider’s expose of the filthy, lurid, wicked habits of supposedly left-wing blog reading poop-joke types. Man. We are going to feel so used and burned. How could you, Ken. How could you? I trusted you man.

  16. Katydid

    [re=550775]JMP[/re]: AARGH. Why does anyone, let alone a supposed liberal blog, publish her? She is so obnoxious, and she makes no goddammed sense. I read a few of her whatever-they-are, posts, maybe, and there’s not a shred of merit in them. From the comments, it seems everyone despises her. I don’t know if Salon still runs her crap.

  17. Lascauxcaveman

    [re=550696]Ken Layne[/re]: [re=550707]Cicada[/re]: Buck up, amigo. Your jokey blog isn’t actually funny anymore.

    I kid, I kid. I get belly larfs from bitter, bitter bile and vitriol.

    [re=550692]canadians for pussy[/re]: he looks like Pat from SNL.

    He looks a lot also like my friend Phil, who surprised EVERYBODY at our 10-year reunion with, of all things, an actual wife.

  18. TubeCity

    Salon, despite its flaws, is still a “Favorite” of my Web browser. Unlike Slate; my browser ditched that site years ago. But really, there’s not all that much to read on the Internet. Keep posting, Ken. Thanks.

  19. Zorg

    And just what sort of last name is “Pareene?” Sounds kind of foreign-like to me, unlike Sara K. Smith or Ana Marie Cox or Ken Layne. Good, Anglo-Saxon names that inspire confidence their holder’s probity and judgment.

  20. honkyman

    Don’t be jealous, dude. Just keep plugging away on that biography of Dr. Timothy Leary. Once, that drops, you’ll never have to blog for dollars again.

  21. t-rose

    Oh noes. Salon is like the internet version of the Times magazine, which I can read online, so…

  22. Maus

    On your first day give Paglia a wedgie, and kick whoever came up with the idea for that “anonymous conservative insider patronizingly pretends to explain conservative theory while regurgitating talking points” column straight in the gonads.

    Also, set fire to their comments system, it’s like walking into RedState. They don’t seem to believe in moderation there, for whatever reason.

  23. LOLqat

    I had a crush on Alex when he was editor of Wonkette. That pic of him under David Lat’s parasol was like strawberry French toast for my libido.

  24. kinginyellow

    Under Joan Walsh, the Salon politics team has become a dull little clique of Y2K-era regulars, wringing their hands about whatever Democrats are supposed to be upset about. I am glad Pareene will be sexing it up.

  25. ph7

    Wait – a closeup of that <a href=http://farm1.static.flickr.com/121/292023905_60bf2beda1.jpg

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