by Jim Newell

Abraham Lincoln?MORE BOOKS FOREVER: Mark Leibovich, the same New York Times writer that put together that insanely insider-y, obnoxious 8,000-word profile of Politico‘s Mike Allen because they’re friends, is apparently so DISTURBED by the “media-industrial complex” of Washington — it’s reached “a tipping point of self-celebration,” he writes — that he will now write a book about it, condemning everyone. He’s right, and it’s great that somebody’s writing that book! But does he remember that, again, he just wrote an insanely insider-y, obnoxious 8,000 word New York Times profile of his friend, the Politico reporter who sends out e-mails every morning? [Observer]

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I Heart Accuracy May 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

The trappings of a Lysistrata rewrite in that title.

FMA May 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Chapter 1: Mark Leibovich celebrates himself, calls himself a dick.

slappypaddy May 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm

the butler, on the stairwell, with the alarm clock.

SmutBoffin May 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

But then the media was all like “Well, whatcha gonna do lame-Os? Get all of your facts and analysis from independent journalists and community media organizations, like Pacifica? Wait, where you goin’?!?! Come back! I’ve got a great story here about miniature pigs make great pets!

Katydid May 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm

He is the man from Nantucket, in the present tense.

SayItWithWookies May 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm

His book’s working title is When Am I Going To Stop Masturbating?

chascates May 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Mike Allen sex scandal soon to appear.

mort May 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm

About that title, I thought we weren’t supposed to end sentences with prepositions?

x111e7thst May 28, 2010 at 4:26 pm

[re=587653]I Heart Accuracy[/re]: Needs moar erekshuns!

Extemporanus May 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

[re=587666]mort[/re]: Would “The White Man Wakes Up to ‘House’” be more acceptable?

[re=587663]SayItWithWookies[/re]: He felt that A Heartbreaking Wank of Staggering Penis sounded a bit too self-celebratory.

Lascauxcaveman May 28, 2010 at 4:35 pm

[re=587654]FMA[/re]: Chapter 1: Mark Leibovich celebrates himself, calls himself a dick.

And Jim Newell writes about it; adding the third layer.

Jimmy, are you sure about this running-away-to-Gawker thing? A post like this is about as snarky and full-of-bile as you’re going to do over there. Are you sure you can keep yourself watered-down enough for those folks over there? I just went over to Gawker for awhile, and I was, like, the funniest commenter in the room.

Not a good sign.

qwerty42 May 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

[re=587674]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: plus they have that horrible comment system.

SayItWithWookies May 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

[re=587673]Extemporanus[/re]: He liked the classical appeal of another title, Onan Is an Island, but thought it might not be appreciated by his target audience — a pearl necklace before swine, as it were.

Lascauxcaveman May 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm

[re=587676]qwerty42[/re]: It’s pretty Byzantine.

Just another reason Gawker deserves not to be graced by the awe-inspring vitriol and delicious mean-spirited genius of Mr. James Newell.

zhubajie May 28, 2010 at 6:34 pm

The guy driving the garbage truck?

Mr Blifil May 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm

[re=587674]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: That is unfortunate, as I assumed they retained Newell with the hope of attracting our winsome contributions. Now you’re telling me they aren’t ready for us yet? That is weird, but I am relishing the image of Newell called into an editor’s meeting and being asked, “Jim, what’s a Truck Nuts?”

sezme May 29, 2010 at 10:26 am

This is like that time when God wrote that satyrical tract about religion called “The Bible”. It didn’t end well.

MsQuasimodo May 30, 2010 at 12:28 am

[re=587872]sezme[/re]: Win of the year! OMG. You just voided out the time I wasted studying christian theology for my religious studies master’s degree. Shit.

emjayay May 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm

[re=587676]qwerty42[/re]: Americablog’s comments system is the worst on earth. Makes my internet go “stopped working” most of the time. Even stops the internet at work sometimes.
Otherwise, great blog. Except for ignoring my complaints about that and the stupid useless Twitter listings. Between the ignoring and the crashing I can’t complain there so I’m doing it here. Sorry. Also love Wonkette.

thefrontpage June 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm

That Times magazine thing was one of the worst, terrible journalistic things since “Politico” made its unneeded appearance. The next terrible journalism thing will be that website by the “politico” owners–another unneeded website. Ugh.

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