It’s Funny, Because They’re Friends

Have we really gotten to this point? Is it now really acceptable for bloggers to be attacked not because of what they actually, you know, say, but because of who they hang out with? In truth, this bashing of the so-called D.C. blogging elite began in earnest earlier this month at Sadly, No!, which felt that the fact that Megan McArdle, Matt Yglesias, and Ezra Klein know each other outside of blogs renders their ideas and writing totally bunk. Because Sadly, No! is, first and foremost, a classy place.
I didn’t feel the need to comment at the time, since it seemed like an outgrowth of the sort of doctrinarian McArdle-bashing that Matt Zeitlin dispatched so well. But now, due to a lighthearted Garance Franke-Ruta post, it’s getting out of hand.
So let’s put this as simply as possible. I do not care in the slightest who the friends of the bloggers I read are, and neither should you. If you’re too lazy or stupid to engage their arguments without resorting to personal attacks, that’s your problem. If you think Yglesias is insufficiently progressive or partisan, argue why. If you think McArdle doesn’t adequately account for the justice issues at hand with health care (and I certainly do), explain why. If instead you bravely take on their cocktail hour guests, you’re showing yourself to be a petty asshole unworthy of the readership of all respectable persons.

2 thoughts on “It’s Funny, Because They’re Friends

  1. You really want in, don’t you? And with posts like this — loyal, yet lazy — they might just let you in.
    But they’ll never respect you — in fact, McArdle might recommend that you get a 2×4 upside the head along with the rest of us.
    Some of us have argued that Yglesias is insufficiently progressive til we’re blue in the face. Not asserted, argued. Just because you missed those posts doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

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