National Journal still catching up to the blogosphere

Hotline editor John Mercurio has a solid column today about how Tom Delay’s redistricting not only didn’t do much for the Texas GOP, but his anti-immigration policies may have seriously wounded state Republicans with Latinos–threatening the Red dominance of the state (are you listening, Mickey?).

But Mercurio, otherwise an excellent reporter, really trips up in one place, revealing where the MSM still hasn’t figured blogs out. Mercurio writes:

A small sampling of the comments, all posted anonymously on www.tomdelay.com: “What a magnificently, terrifically boring and irrelevant blog. Honestly, who on earth cares what you have to say?” wrote one person. “The fact that you are trying to keep your name alive by starting a stupid blog is actually kind of pathetic and sad. Please just go away,” wrote another. “Tom, you corrupted the conservative cause and brought disgrace to our party. We can never forgive you for that. Please crawl back into your hole.”

“You left Congress disgracefully and you want people to take you seriously?” a fourth wrote. “You should be in prison you assclown, piss off Tom.”

All absolutely accurate sentiments–but none of them come from Delay’s actual blog. Instead, they come from what appears to be a satire site.

Note to MSM: it always helps to look at the URL.

UPDATE: Okay, maybe the egg’s on my face: the satire site itself might be a cached copy of the original Delay site, after the Delay-nics pulled it down. If so, does that mean that I can get a job with the New York Times? Back to paper-grading….

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

2 thoughts on “National Journal still catching up to the blogosphere”

  1. What?? *No way* is that a snapshot of Delay's actual blog. Satire through-and-through. You were right the first time!

  2. greetings, jonathan,
    as the 'official tom delay original site cacher' i would like to thank you correcting the story with the 'update'…
    you only qualify for the new york times job if tom called you up and told you to lie for him…just ask judy!
    peace,
    james

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