I Meant To Say I Was A "Rosanjin Scholar." That Must Have Been A Typo.

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  1. Ken says:


    Everyone's met that person who says, after every obvious joke, "just kidding." Everyone ditches that person as soon as possible.

  2. Chris says:

    Ackerman's a brooklyn punk kid. Given what I know of the music scene he used to run in, disclaiming suggestions to throw people throw windows as jokes may have been a useful habit at one point.

  3. Patrick says:

    Don't give me that shit Chris. I went to college too.

    And Ackerman has a prominent neck beard.

  4. Jess says:

    Did I just read a lawyer's suggestion that other professions should police themselves? That is rich, sir.

  5. Charles says:

    I'd say that the journo hedging their bets is because they haven't read the supposedly falsified application. They only have the secondhand claim by Duke that he falsified the application. They are essentially reporting on Duke's actions and what Duke claimed prompted them not on the underlying falsification itself.

    As for Ackerman, I think he said "rhetorically" because he was smart enough to suspect that eventually everything from JournoList would leak. If he doesn't include that last sentence he would be on a constant FoxNews loop as if he were a New Black Panther.

    As for whether Climategate and JournoList etc. are examples of whether certain groups "police their own," apparently most of the list thought that Ackerman's comments were just "Manny being Manny" and let him rant like a loon and then ignored him. The Climategate scientists talked tough about closing ranks and refusing to share information but never actually did. It seems like these groups policed themselves just fine despite the occasional outburst of intemperate – and stupid – remarks.

  6. Patrick says:

    Waaa waaa waaa!

    Obviously I mean that rhetorically.

  7. ThomasS says:

    I remember a particularly silly instance of weasel wording from the evening news. They showed grainy security camera footage of two punks trashing a store after hours. "Here we see the suspects knocking down a rack of clothes", etc. I wanted say to the reporter "No, there we see the criminals committing crime. They guys that they have locked up are the suspects, and determining whether they are the people in the video will be a big part of the jury's job."

  8. Chris says:

    Ackerman does bring shame to the bearded with that "beard" monstrosity.

  9. Ken says:

    "The Blogger's Neckbeard" would be a great name for a bar.

  10. Dennis says:

    What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger’s [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically.

    Remember, boy, many of us right wingers carry guns. Not rhetorically. And this is one reason why we'll cling to our guns and our religion.

  11. Ken says:

    If you achieve nothing else this week, Patrick, you've put us on the first page of Google results for Anil Potti.

  12. Patrick says:

    I take it that your comment, Dennis, is purely rhetorical.

    On that note, I agree with Charles that Ackerman no doubt feared his overheated and intemperate words would be twisted or taken out of context. He's being mocked savagely as it is, most notably by Iowahawk on twitter.

    What I find amusing is that we're glossing over the fact that Ackerman himself was advocating twisting another person's words, taking them out of context to confabulate a charge of racism.

    His status (shared with the equally detestable Andrew Breitbart) as laughingstock of the week is well deserved.

  13. SPQR says:

    Charles, the Climategate scientists who were emailing each other about refusing to comply with the UK version of FOIA requests actually did refuse to comply with such requests.

    The investigation was a joke, concluding that it was too late to do anything about their illegal refusals to release requested materials.

  14. mojo says:

    Lawyers are at least smart enough not to collude via email. Well, most of 'em.

    Face to face. That's the ticket.

  15. Derrick says:

    3 points for the Iron Chef reference

  16. Patrick says:

    Shallow people, when watching Iron Chef, play drinking games which involve inserting the phrase "like a —-" at the end of anything the Actress says.

    True fans, who care about the food, await the judgment of the Rosanjin Scholar and the Fortune Teller.

    Unless Korn is one of the judges. I despise the American band of the same name, but Japanese Korn rules.

  17. piperTom says:

    Sorry to divert from Patrick's main point, but emoticons were invented long before Ed Murrow. Wikipedia has "emoticons were published in 1881 by the U.S. satirical magazine Puck." I've seen them in the letters to editors sections of Sci Fi fan mags dating from the 1920s.