Thursday, October 1, 2009

You Already Know This

Sensible people read Whiskey Fire, so you all know that The Washington Post has a pundit contest going.

Key rule:
Entries will be judged on the basis of style, intelligence and freshness of argument, but not on whether Post editors agree or disagree with your point of view.

9 comments:

fish said...

I liked Ioz's entry.

Substance McGravitas said...

Hmm, mentions fish, huh?

mikey said...

I'm having regrets.

I wrote a piece about Iran sanctions that was about as powerful and thoughtful as you can do in 400 words.

But now it's becoming obvious that instead of writing a compelling position piece or a persuasive argument for or against a particular course of action what you needed to do was be clever, throw in a little word play, a smart turn-of-phrase, cleverness substituting for thoughtfulness, and something of a foot-fault on the snarkline.

Maybe I should try again under an alias...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

If the Kaplan testing company went bust, would we be spared the WaPo?

Purchase of Kaplan is the the only reason this house of corporate propaganda and poop hasn't gone bust.
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M. Bouffant said...

Honest to gawd, they're just begging for abuse. Do they never read their comments sections, which always go about 500-1 against whichever neo-con cretin is typing?

What do they expect they'll get, the next David Broder? Not bloody likely.

herr doktor bimler said...

I know this is a radical suggestion, but have they considered hiring journalists and filling the spaces between the advertisements with facts rather than opinions, of which I have several already, one for each personality?

Substance McGravitas said...

The journalists are busy drinking Mad Bitch Ale.

tigris said...

They need a mad bitch who drinks Journalist Ale. You know, for balance.

herr doktor bimler said...

"Opinionator" would be a Doppelbock, not an ale.