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This Week Only: Cavanaugh vs. Gillespie; Audience Declared Loser

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Over at the site Jewcy, Reason Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie and former Web Editor Tim Cavanaugh (now with the Los Angeles Times) participate in "Movable Snipe," an ill-tempered and ill-conceived series of back-and-forth epistolary attacks on various blogs picked by Jewcy's honchos (Michelle Malkin, Kausfiles, Wired's Danger Room, Glenn Greenwald, and Time's Swampland).

Here's a snippet from the first installment, in which Gillespie muses in run-on fashion:

That stink filling the room isn't simply my own decaying prose, Tim-I'm about to head over to Time mag's Swampland, "a blog about politics in the nation's capital." Only a gigantic journalistic behemoth such as Mr. Luce's mag could marshal the resources required to deliver Jay Carney's laser-like insight into a new 5-minute "testimonial" video by Bill Clinton about his better half that's posted at Hillary's official website. "The question, of course" writes Carney, "Is the video effective? Or does it backfire? Will Bill's fluid and persuasive delivery remind people that Hillary's not nearly so good a politician as her husband? Or will having the ultimate political salesman making the pitch on her behalf be a net benefit? Having watched it a few times, it feels to me like a net plus for Hillary. But I could be wrong."

Goddamnit, Tim, why can't you and I write prose like this? Does this guy eat dilithium crystals for breakfast?

Seriously, journalists everywhere-and especially at your misbegotten rag, which can only do 20 percent ROI, so it's understandable why your billionaire owner has to start cutting the fat-are always bitching about how penny-pinchers are shutting down foreign bureaus. Read a couple of items into Swampland-"That's Hagelian!" reads one groaner by Joe Klein-and you'll be complaining that Time hasn't shut down enough of its domestic bureaus yet.

More here. Look for Cavanaugh's response by close of business–or opening of the bars–today.

A past edition of Movable Snipe featured National Review's John Derbyshire and novelist-cum-spanking enthusiast Daphne Merkin taking cheap shots at Hit & Run along with a bunch of other blogs. More on that here.

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  1. Fake trolls? and fake snipe will never compete with the real thing.

  2. COWARDS! YOU ONLY AVOID THE URKOBOLD BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT THE URKOBOLD WOULD CRUSH YOU AND YOUR PATHETIC ATTEMPTS AT “SNIPING” (WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN?) WITH WAVE AFTER WAVE OF TROLLISH MARAUDERY.

    IMITATION ANNOYS THE URKOBOLD. AS DO BLATANT ATTEMPTS TO INFRINGE TRADEMARK LAWS. URKOBOLD’S ATTORNEY IS CALLING MOVABLE TYPE RIGHT NOW, SUCKERS.

  3. How very interesting. Do tell. Please do tell.

    *gets interested by something else. Wanders off.

  4. ACK! Last month we got new web blocking. No more YouTube, no more Facebook, and now I see, no more Jewcy.

    Mighty and Wondrous Zoog,
    Please let me keep my access to Hit&Run at work.
    Amen

  5. Nick Gillespie does not know how to spell “Edie Gorme.” He thinks it’s “Edie Gourme.” How about “Edie Grrrrme,” Nick? Joe Klein totally has your number. That man is a journalist. He knew Edie Gorme. In fact, he probably fucked her. Sorry, Nick, but you are no Joe Klein. Get yourself a real job sharpening pencils for George Will, and in twenty years you might amount to something.

  6. URKOBOLD’S ATTORNEY IS CALLING MOVABLE TYPE RIGHT NOW, SUCKERS.

    lol. reminds me of the old IP chestnut:

    “Unchecked, it would no doubt patent the wheel, copyright the alphabet, and register the sun and the moon as exclusive trade-marks.”

    Don’t forget to . . . whoops, I already did enough plugging here this week. My “GOOGLE Analytics” is poised to break into the double digits, even!

  7. Oh. my. god. It’s like the late, lamented Suck.com had never died. Gillespie’s bile is so acrid and pressurized-it reminds me of the days before his once considerable powers had faded like a 30-year old baseball card forgotten in the sunshine next to the attic’s only small window.

    And here I thought Gillespie had become a talentless hack when it turns out his elan vital was only dormant. Praise be! Now, chill, pass the Andre, and let’s lay.

  8. “Jewcy”

    I see Tim is still an anti-semite.

  9. Mary Beth,

    Will you be my queen?

  10. Sure, KoC, as long as you’re okay with me being a man.

  11. Well, I’m really just the Duke of Dixmoor.

  12. This post reminds me why I removed the word “blog” from my site.

    Anyhoo, Firefox users can read how I make Swampland readable at the link.

    Bonus tip: you can use this same code to remove others from the site, just change the name.

  13. “…if my parents hadn’t been so stingy with the tuition dollars she might be Michelle Cavanaugh right now, and on date night I’d be allowed to wear the cheerleader outfit.”

    So who do you think fears their place in the next life the most?

    John McCain swabbing decks for Rear Admiral Matt Welch or the future Mrs. Michelle Cavanagh on date night?

  14. Mary Beth,

    What does Tim have to do with the name of the site?

  15. This guy bothering you, my queen?

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