As you may have heard, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank is outraged at the White House "staging" a question from our own Nico Pitney at yesterday's presser -- so much so that he apparently doesn't know what the question was! But it was from an Iranian, so it was probably totally some softball question like, "OH, MISTER OBAMA, YOUR POPULARITY IS LIKE A RUNAWAY FREIGHT TRAIN AND THE IRANIAN PEOPLE THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US THIS WORD, FREEDOM" and not at all a tough question like "Under which conditions would you accept the election of Ahmadinejad, and if you do accept it without any significant changes in the conditions there, isn't that a betrayal of the -- of what the demonstrators there are working towards?"
Anyway, for a few weeks now, I had been of the mind that Nico had really raised the bar for all of us at HuffPost, with his tireless and relentless focus on this story as it unfolds. It seemed to me to be the work of a serious person, and his question seemed to me to be an extension of that seriousness. But Milbank has forced me to reconsider that maybe serious journalism is dressing up in costumes, telling a bunch of unfunny jokes, and portraying yourself as an entitled ass. Seriously! I am weighing the two options carefully! With the help of this video that Milbank made with Chris "Let Me Write A Hundred More Blogs On Post-Partisanship" Cillizza.
Obviously, as a maker of vlogs myself, I am seriously considering patterning them on Milbank's, and making them poorly informed and unfunny.
WARNING! I think that seven days after you watch Milbank's video, Daveigh Chase will crawl out of your computer to murder you, such is its awfulness.
Crappy Hour: Not-So-Hot: Pundits Whine After Hot HuffPo Reporter Poses Presidential Question [Jezebel]
The "Neda video," torture, and the truth-revealing power of images [Glenn Greenwald]
Why Obama's Iranian Citizen Question Really Matters [The Nation]