Friday, July 31, 2009

WaPo's Folly

You have to ask. What marketing genius woke up one day and said, "I know! Let's take two of our 'serious' columnists and make videos of them acting like total imbeciles."

There's a lot of people posting about this but WaPo's Mouthpiece Theater hit such a whole new level of epic fail today that it's worth commenting on. Millbank and Cilliza's latest episode featured really lame and tasteless jokes about beer, in honor of the beer summit of course. Everyone's focused on the Mad Bitch/Hillary bit, but having forced myself to watch it, pretty much all the "jokes" were insulting and offensive.

As Beutler says they should either fire the two of them or the owners should liquidate the paper in shame for foisting this much lameitude on the public. Really, not one episode in the whole series has been either clever or funny. This is a failed experiment in new media that makes the Island of Dr. Moreau look like a success story. WaPo's already pulled the vid from the site, but they should cancel the whole project. It sucks, and not in a good way.

If you're curious, watch the video here so you don't reward WaPo for creating this moronic mash with any traffic.

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Blogger danps said...

Hi Libby. A quibble: Calling it imbecilic is letting them off the hook. It's become polite to refer to something as dumb when the real explanation isn't even that generous. The arrest of Gates wasn't stupid, it was racist. Same with this: it wan't moronic, it was sexist. Saying it was idiotic is actually sugar coating it, and has Dana Milbank earned the benefit of the doubt?

5:35:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I was speaking of the overall series. This was the lowest of the low, but they haven't been so egregious in all the episodes. Just really stupid.

9:27:00 AM  
Blogger Pen Ultimate said...

Well, they're obviously trying to capture that "most trusted name in news" title from Jon Stewart. Too bad they're frickin' clueless.

9:52:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Mourhpiece should be the code word for epic fail.

11:01:00 AM  

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