The Politico continues its reign as the most vexing and perplexing media organ of 2007. Today, James Joyner and Jeff Mascott filed a brief item purporting to inform Congresscritters how to best send email missives to bloggers. Check out this lede:
As recently as two years ago, many bloggers considered receiving an e-mail from a congressman a thrill.
Unfortunately, it soon got out of hand and the novelty, to say the least, is gone.
Okay. As much as we strenuously doubt that anyone in the history of blogging was ever, ever, ever, truly "thrilled" to receive an email from their elected officials (mash notes from Stephanie Herseth notwithstanding), we hate the way the authors withhold the juiciest part of the story! What was it that happened "as recently as two years ago" that changed the dynamic between Congress and the blogosphere? If you're going to be so weirdly exacting in your contention that something went horribly wrong back in 2005, then spill, Politico, spill! It'd be a damn sight more interesting than a rote lesson on netiquette.
Unfortunately, we get all out of hand after the jump:
Bamboozling the Bee: The Fresno Bee was taken in by a pair of hoaxers who managed to get a completely implausible story about an woman being reunited with her missing pet goldfish. First of all: How wonderful is Fresno? So untouched by the cares of the world that its paper has column inches to spare on missing goldfish? What a demi-paradise! But the best thing about this story is that the hoax unraveled after a reader recognized the tricksy pair--who had told the Bee they were strangers to one another--as pally regulars "from the karaoke circuit." Sheesh...everyone knows that the freshest intel in Fresno is found wherever locals warble the hits of Air Supply.
The future's so bright!: The Project For Excellence in Journalism surveyed 14 journalism students and found that despite declining revenues at the major newspapers, J-School students are optimistic about their futures. Well, duh--we're guessing that their outlook improved the moment these fourteen got a call from a "project for excellence in journalism." They probably had their resumes updated before they hung up the phone.
That bright future might include relocating to Calcutta: The website pasadenanow.com is outsourcing their local news coverage to India. So, sorry, James Lileks, but they'll have no need for your services, either.
Portfolio selling more like a folder?: Will Conde Nast reach its stated goal of selling 200,000 issues of Portfolio? Some have doubts. Gawker is standing by with their longest of knives, we're sure, but, come on: it's not like Portfolio forced them into penning the Gawker Media version of the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Congratulations to our favorite inexhaustible fount: "Notorious figure" and part-time Eric Alterman inpersonatrix Julia Allison to "steer New Yorkers through the cutthroat world of dating" in Time Out New York.