February 17, 2009

Stodgy old TNR whines about how cool Politco is.

That's how I read this. You have to win readers, you losers. Up your game.

14 comments:

Jason (the commenter) said...

I can't remember the last time I read a TNR article. Actually, I couldn't even make it through the article Althouse linked to. A few paragraphs of news then two pages of boring back story. What pretentious crap! Full of padding to justify a salary and give room for advertisements.

vet66 said...

TNR can't even live up to it's own letterhead; The New Republic. Nothing new here as stated by Jason. Only the usual whining and marinating in the old sauce that is boring, arrogant, and tired.

Must be hard for TNR, HUFFPO, et al, that they are not taken seriously. We don't worship on the altar of the 4th Republic or hang on every word with breathless anticipation.

Old news indeed!

Simon said...

It's common to refer to a "marketplace of ideas," and it's a good analogy: sometimes, in that marketplace, manufacturers and retailers go bust.

rhhardin said...

Muscling is out; dressing provocatively is in.

ricpic said...

It's supposed to be a putdown that Politico appeals to our "tabloid sensibility." Does anyone not have a tabloid sensibility?

Bissage said...

I clicked on the TNR link but there was nothing salacious in the first three paragraphs so I moved on.

hawkeyedjb said...

Not to worry, TNR. Under the new Fairness Doctrine, every Politico article will be balanced by a pop-up from another new source.

Psychedelic George said...

So long as powerful people put TNR in their Washington lobbies and powerful people possibly peruse its pages, it will exist in paper form, until we get universal ultracheap semidisposable digitablets that can be displayed like magazines.

In five years.

We're also going to start to see environmentalists go buckwildcrazy on newspapers and magazines. Takes a lot of water to make paper. Ink, too, Energy. Plus shipping costs, i.e gas. And what not.

Books and magazines will end up being printed on super premium paper, have spectacular photography, and be perfect bound so they can be displayed as items of status. So, perhaps, TNR will continue in its present ancient format.

Trooper York said...

If TNR wants to increase it's readership I suggest women with large breasts and meatloaf.

Salamandyr said...

I clicked over to the article and was greeted by a large banner ad offering to "Let me be the first to read Ann Coulter every week!"

Considering the intended readership of TNR, that kind of misdirected advertising can't be doing them any favors.

hawkeyedjb said...

Salamandyr, that was the New Fairness Doctrine getting a test run.

Henry Buck said...

I don't think meatloaf would attract many readers. He isn't eye candy, and his music, though amusing, can't be enjoyed in magazine format.

BTW: I love when clueless newlyweds allow the dj to play "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights" during the reception.

Revenant said...

focus on the gossipy Beltway scoops and gaffes that appeal to the tabloid sensibility of Drudge and cable news.

A magazine that has been busted for printing faked "news" as often as The New Republic has should think twice before calling something a "tabloid".

Even the Enquirer fact-checks its stories.

Thorley Winston said...

I used to read TNR but found it annoying how many of their feature stories required you to get a subscription to read the online version. Then when they started drinking the BDS flavor-aid it lost my interest and the last time I bothered to read an article was when they started doing the “fake but accurate” stories from Scott Beauchamp.