Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Categorically Crazy

Spot James Hudnall's error:
In an effort to continue to broadcast his lack of relevance, Bill Maher doubled down on his hubris-queen act by challenging President Obama to “stand up for the 70 percent of Americans who aren’t crazy.”

Yes, apparently, Maher thinks 70 percent of Americans actually agree with him.

16 comments:

mikey said...

As near as I can tell, 70% of Americans don't even agree with 70% of Americans...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The tag team of Glenn Beck and Andrew Breitbart have been doing some major damage to the credibility of the Obama Administration, while the zombie media slept.

ZRM has some 'splaining to do!
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Substance McGravitas said...

Clearly this "eating all the brains" thing has some unanticipated consequences.

mikey said...

Well DUH.

If you subsist primarily on brains and find yourself hungry in a room with Glenn Beck and AndyBart, sorry dude, you're just fucked.

Also, check out the Atlantic. If there is any good news to be found, it might just be that they have Krugman at #1 and Greenwald at #22!

Joe Klein is #38, Thunder...

Substance McGravitas said...

I'll be damned. Seems they got Andrew Sullivan up there at #9 but no Megan McArdle at all.

mikey said...

Yeah, but Krauthammer at #6 and Peggy fucking Noonan at #13 makes it a jaggedy ass contraption...

Substance McGravitas said...

Krugman over Rush seems pretty nutty anyway if you're talking about influence.

mikey said...

I dunno about that. I don't have a problem with Beck or Rush being really high, because they DO have huge audiences. But I don't think they have that much influence. They're talking to the same core group. People who might agree with them sometimes or occasionally don't bother with them because they get overwhelmed by the crazy. In the case of Krugman (AND, unfortunately, Krauthammer and Broder and yeah, Joe Klein) they're talking to a much more broad segment of the population, including people who don't regularly agree with them. That's why Brooks and Friedman are where they are too. It's also why I was SO surprised to see Greenwald on the list at all, let alone as high as he is. I truly believed his audience was every bit as insular as Beck's...

herr doktor bimler said...

Hubris-Queen? What?
I say that the Hubris are ready for democracy and do not need a monarchy.

herr doktor bimler said...

As near as I can tell, 70% of my voices don't even agree with 70% of my voices...

PKD said...

The thing about Glenn Greenwald's audience is that it evidently includes the pathetically insecure media figures whom he regularly criticizes. They typically go on to make huge asses of themselves by responding (see the recent Joe Klein stuff for a truly bizarre example), when they could easily get away with ignoring him.

Greenwald's core audience may be limited, but mainstream media types have kindly helped elevate him and their own stupidity.

Substance McGravitas said...

I think that's a good explanation.

The methodology is, of course, of the Village:

* Influence: A survey of more than 250 Washington insiders – members of Congress, national media figures, and political insiders – in which respondents rank-ordered the commentators who most influence their own thinking

* Reach: Comprehensive data collection and analysis to measure the total audience of each commentator

* Web Engagement: In partnership with PostRank, a company specializing in filtering social media data, the Wire analyzed top commentators on 16 measures of webiness, including mentions on Twitter and performance on popular social media sites like Digg and Delicious


The final list is the result of an algorithm that brings together these three factors.

Substance McGravitas said...

Oh damn, Jonah Goldberg.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Well these insiders have certainly done a fine job of running things, haven't they?
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M. Bouffant said...

Measures of "webiness?"

We understand influence (& reviews) is predicated on lapel-flag wearing.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

Now, you can't blame this crap on ZOMBIES.

This is all on you breathers.