Tag Archives: slate

  Audio Clipbait

Here’s What Stephen Colbert Would Tell Studs Terkel If He Could

Wouldn't THAT be an interview?
From Slate, a pretty cool new feature that we’re going to try to keep up with: They’ve taken the simple idea of Studs Terkel’s outstanding oral history book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do — ” the best book you were assigned in college but didn’t read” — and turned it into a podcast. It’s a series of interviews by David Plotz, asking people what they do at their jobs — with a bit of a shift in emphasis from Terkel, who wanted to know how people feel about their jobs, to much more detail about how the job gets done. Read more on Here’s What Stephen Colbert Would Tell Studs Terkel If He Could…
  and also there are boobs

ICYMI: Adults Can Read Whatever The Hell We Want

Were you “busy” (being stupid) yesterday? Did you not have time to look at every single thing we did on Happy Nice Time People, you FUCKING MONSTERS? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Here are the most important stories in the world from yesterday! Read more on ICYMI: Adults Can Read Whatever The Hell We Want…
  he's a man who lived a life of danger

Slate Widget Claims Anthony Weiner Killed Andrew Breitbart

So we thought we’d pretty much exhausted the available fun from Slate’s amusing little “make up a Carlos Danger name for yourself” toy, which is good for literally minutes of hilarity. And then in the Sekrit Chatcave, Editrix Rolando Menace called our attention to a tip from Wonkette Operative Miguel Ángel Catastrophe, and said “Hey, Doktor Emilio Scourge, go check that out!” And check it out we did! Aaaand… it’s either a really happy accident, or somebody really wanted to remind the world that Andrew Breitbart is still dead. Read more on Slate Widget Claims Anthony Weiner Killed Andrew Breitbart…
  what's good for milo minderbinder is good for america

Former CEO of Merrill Lynch Has Some Very Pressing Questions About His Executive Pay

It’s 2008, and some of the Brightest Minds in the nation have gathered at our nation’s capital order to prevent global economic collapse. The bankers arrive, and they immediately begin asking what they can do to help the country’s homeowners, many of whom will soon find themselves facing foreclosure. Ha! Ha! Ha! No, stupid, they did not ask about the homeowners, their first question (literally) was something along the lines of “Whatever happens here, I’ll still be getting lots of money, right?” Read more on Former CEO of Merrill Lynch Has Some Very Pressing Questions About His Executive Pay…
  #weigeled!

Charlotte Day Two Maybe: Dave Weigel Is A Crazy Bitch

Sorry we did not blog at you yesterday; we left Jim here in charge at the house (la Casita de Wonkadonk) and went into the Charlotte wilds in search of our badges (WE NEED STINKING BADGES), and then we ate a bunch of acid with one of our dudes from Boston (we have dudes from Boston), and now Jim is probably going to quit because of how we left him all day yesterday and then ran out of battery and never checked in and were just on acid all night like a fucking hippie 17-year-old girl getting arrested protesting the Original Gulf War. 1990, represent! Also, you guys, make Jim not quit! More importantly, however, did we mention world-famous walking Slate Explainer Dave Weigel is a crazy bitch? Read more on Charlotte Day Two Maybe: Dave Weigel Is A Crazy Bitch…
  slate pitches

Slate Explains: Democrats to Blame for GOP’s War Against Women

Perhaps you have been concerned lately that maybe the Democrats were not being blamed hard enough for the GOP’s nationwide freakout about ladies, their plumbing, and how sometimes said ladies leave the men who hit them instead of nutting up and trying for once not to burn the goddamn roast. Popular outlet for “contrarian” and plain old “counterintuitive” writers and thinkers Slate is here to help! “Are Democrats in Danger of Looking Too Political on the Violence Against Women Act?” asks the headline. “Yes,” answers the story. Really? Really! Here is the lead paragraph (or “lede graf” in Journalism!) of J. Bryan Lowder’s richly nuanced thinkpiece: In the “War on Women” that’s been raging these past few months, it’s clear that the Democrats have succeeded in framing the debate in their favor. The GOP—especially in the recent Obama contraception mandate controversy—has been painted as the anti-woman party, and even Republican insiders fear that the misstep could cost them dearly in an election year in which women will represent a significant portion of the voting public. Read more on Slate Explains: Democrats to Blame for GOP’s War Against Women…
  wonkette late night

Slate: Stewart/Colbert Rally Is ‘Bad For Democracy,’ Or Something

Slate will be contrarian about anything, including, from time to time when they want to rinse out their mouths, contrarianism, so it comes as no surprise that one among them decided to warn us all that the upcoming Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert political-rally parody event is a bad idea. Writer Timothy Noah is an old who will be having a bunch of youngs staying over at his house to go to this thing, and he is not happy about this! Don’t these children understand that parodying the teevee newscast or parodying the teevee news opinion show is funny, but parodying the political rally as a vehicle for your satire can never be done? Obviously not. But Dr. Comedy Timothy Noah does, and he also knows that you are not allowed to make fun of Teabaggers for being dumb. That sort of thing is mean! Read more on Slate: Stewart/Colbert Rally Is ‘Bad For Democracy,’ Or Something…
  circles within circles

DAVE WEIGEL LANDS AT WASHINGTON POST WEBZINE: The long, weird, dumb career journey of Teabagger Beat hero Dave Weigel has ended, for now: Having been pushed off the Washington Post weblog to great outrage a month or whenever ago, Weigel has now been hired by the other weblog owned by the Washington Post, Slate.com. [Via the secret new JournoList] Read more on …
  journamalism

Al Qaeda’s Webzine Sucks, But a Redesign Could Help!

Have you downloaded Al Qaeda’s new summer jam PDF online magazine? No? Maybe that is because a) you’re not really “trying to decide whether to join the jihad against the West,” or b) the magazine sucks. Slate‘s Christopher Beam, last seen taking Liz Cheney’s Weeping Eagle Award home from a bar, has some helpful advice for the publishers of Al Qaeda’s Inspire. Like, you dumbasses, have you heard of HTML, or blogging? Who wants to download a 67-page PDF? Is Al Qaeda trying to kill us all by inkjet depletion? Read more on Al Qaeda’s Webzine Sucks, But a Redesign Could Help!…
  today in webzines

GO BACK TO YOUR WHORES: Oh look, Eliot Spitzer is apparently still writing his awful column for Slate: “After reading the Gettysburg Address, does the idea of a carbon tax to finally move us away from an oil and old-energy dependence that is fouling not only the Gulf of Mexico but our entire climate, foreign policy, and economy seem so outrageous?” Uh? [Slate via Wonkette Operative Daniel McQuade] Read more on …
  thursdays are for magazines

What We Talk About When We Talk About Slate

Slate! That’s technically a magazine. Yes, yes, magazine by a hair. Okay, here we go, let’s take a look at which articles this week everyone will be referencing in conversation as if they did not just about read these things in Slate. As in: Q: “Oh, did you know so-and-so fun fact about so-and-so marginal aspect of bee-keeping or children’s literature or the economy of Idaho or whatever?” A: “Yes, yes. In fact, bee-keeping or children’s literature or the economy of Idaho is currently experiencing this sort of trend and here is an unconventional rationale regarding why everything will eventually be fine!” Knowledge! Read more on What We Talk About When We Talk About Slate…
  rumors on the internets

The Politico Knows Where You Sleep, Dawn

The Politico, having already sufficiently raped and pillaged the Morning, Evening, and Afternoon, now has its sights set on the THE DAWN, the rosy fingertips of which it will pry its signature demon scooplets from mercilessly. (No but, uh, actually. See bottom.) [Ben Smith] Read more on The Politico Knows Where You Sleep, Dawn…
  metro section

The Airport Terrorists Will Not Keep Kosher

DC has adopted its first gay landmark! It is the second “official” gay landmark in America, right after the Stonewall Inn in New York and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. [DCist] Read more on The Airport Terrorists Will Not Keep Kosher… Read more on The Airport Terrorists Will Not Keep Kosher…
  stories of pundits

Christopher Hitchens Makes Out With Andrew Sullivan, Dances To Rap Music

You know who’s having a doggone humdinger of an Inauguration weekend is that Christopher Hitchens, the ex-Trotskyist drink-soaked popinjay war columnist for Slate, Vanity Fair… wherever else! The Internet is awash with stories of his shenanigans this weekend, including a sexy kiss with fellow British anger bear Andrew Sullivan at the Slate party and some hip-hop dancing at the party for Slate‘s black people website, The Root! THE GUY’S A MANIAC. Read more on Christopher Hitchens Makes Out With Andrew Sullivan, Dances To Rap Music…
  yes we can

Eliot Spitzer DEMANDS That Obama Create Army Of Death Robots

Filthy cock jackal Eliot Spitzer has written another one of those columns for the online Slate magazine, and he’s already mastering the “Slate Style,” which is to take a widely accepted belief (e.g., “Dogs make good pets”) and write a cool 600 words arguing why its opposite is SECRETLY truer (“Why all dogs should die”). In this column he tackles Obama’s big infrastructure plan, saying that instead of funding immediate road repairs and stuff for short-term stimulus’ sake, we should invest in transforming the foundation of America’s infrastructure. It is a stupid article because, um, Obama’s plans do include all of that, which is kind of the point. This leads us to Spitzer’s ace-in-the-hole, which is of course the massive federal funding of Robot Construction. Read more on Eliot Spitzer DEMANDS That Obama Create Army Of Death Robots…
  no wonder silda wouldn't sleep with him

Eliot Spitzer’s Thrilling Debut As Online Bore

How do you “sex up” your latest middlebrow conventional-wisdom financial column in Slate, which is the U.S. News & World Report for people who have learned the computer? You hire a disgraced New York governor now only known for paying far too much money to have sex with a hooker! And that is worth one (1) morning of goofy New York tabloid headlines such as “Slate hot for Love Gov Eliot Spitzer as online finance guru” and two (2) posts on Wonkette. Let’s review Spitzer’s debut as yet another Web freelancer typing zero-research op-eds on the Internets! Read more on Eliot Spitzer’s Thrilling Debut As Online Bore…
  what we need is more pundits

SPITZER TO EDIT SLATE’S NEW LADY BLOG, XX FACTOR: Or something! The Observer reports that human penis Eliot Spitzer will be writing a column for the online Slate magazine, starting tomorrow. Oh that Slate, always keeping us on our toes! The column “will appear every other week and it’ll be about government, regulation and finance.” In other words: just softcore. And… uh… just imagine that this post had clever sex jokes in it, k? [Observer] Read more on …
  how could they!

Mississippi College Paper Is Racist

Check out this sexy article which shows every fancy college newspaper endorsing Barack Obama except one, in a ratio coincidentally similar to that of the editorial staff at Slate, “the college newspaper of the Internet.” The only college newspaper to endorse McCain is that of the University of Mississippi, where they hate black people all the time, because of slavery. Not all of Mississippi is horribly racist like this, however, as the “grown-ups'” Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi has endorsed Obama. For some PERSPECTIVE, the headline for this paper’s wrap-up of MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” deal in 1963 was, “WASHINGTON IS CLEAN AGAIN WITH NEGRO TRASH REMOVED.” This newspaper has no consistency whatsoever. [Editor & Publisher, HuffPo] Read more on Mississippi College Paper Is Racist…
  most liberal media ever

Liberal Slate.com Staff Admits They Are All In The Tank, Several Times Over

Ceaselessly contrarian Internet magazine Slate has released this election year’s installment of a feature they’ve run every cycle since becoming the first website on the Internet in the year 1542, in which each staff member reveals his or her voting intentions for president, thus putting the site BEYOND CRITICISM. Well, guess what, they are a bunch of filthy liberals. The final vote tally is Obama: 55, McCain: 1, Barr: 1, “Not McCain”: 1 (sounds like they’ve got some wiseass over there), and Can’t Vote: 4. Media critic Jack Shafer is the Barr hobo, and some copy editor gal likes Walnuts. Jesus, even “Somerset Perry, Intern” is going with Obama — we’d always pegged Somerset Perry as a McCain man! Extra tanks are being shipped to Slate HQ to contain the crowded staff, and in the meantime, Slate editor David Plotz has kindly responded to a couple of Important Journalistic follow-up questions we e-mailed him about Slate‘s fancy transparency. Read more on Liberal Slate.com Staff Admits They Are All In The Tank, Several Times Over…
 

Oh Boy, A Liberal Racist Video Summarizing The Democratic Primary Fight!

Those wacky contrarians at Slate have produced an 8-minute video summarizing the Democratic nomination fight. Ah yes, we remember that “thing.” Ha ha, no we don’t. But still, two complaints: (1) They forgot Hamas Waffles — “Lemme eat my waffle,” the guy said — and (2) they forgot Hamas Waffles, still. [Slate] Read more on Oh Boy, A Liberal Racist Video Summarizing The Democratic Primary Fight!…
 

DEAR SLATE.COM ADVICE LADY: My family members are staunch Democrats and love to bad-mouth Republicans every time the conversation turns to politics. This is heartbreaking, because I myself am a secret Republican. My mom already knows that I’m in love with a Republican, and she won’t stop condemning him behind his back for his beliefs, calling him names like “right-wing whack job” and “little lord Republiroy” (also making fun of his height). My brothers all say stuff like, “Republicans suck” and, “Those Republicans are dumb-***es.” I am afraid to come out to them about my beliefs because of potential verbal abuse being heaped on me. Also, being a teenager, I do not have the advantage of moving out of the house and escaping said abuse. What should I do? [Dear Prudence/Slate] Read more on …
 

Is Oliver Stone’s Bush Movie a Terrible Hoax?

A version of the screenplay for Oliver Stone’s new movie about George W. Bush — the working title is “W.” — has been floating around the news recently, and most people are curious as to whether it’s a joke. Tough call. On one hand, it is campy and politically over-the-top; on the other, it is post-1992 Oliver Stone film, like Alexander or Nixon. Slate read the script and picked out some choice moments, and one of them involves America’s president describing himself as a rabbit in a “carrot patch.” But who doesn’t? Read more on Is Oliver Stone’s Bush Movie a Terrible Hoax?…