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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  1. 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!

  2. [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.

  3. [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.

  4. [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.

  5. [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.

  6. [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?”

  7. [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.

  8. [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.

  9. 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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