Friday, December 28, 2007

This joke may never get old.

Let the Doughy One tell you about himself:

Jonah Goldberg is a contributing editor to National Review and was the founding editor of “National Review Online.” He is a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times and his syndicated column appears regularly in the Chicago Tribune, New York Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington Examiner, Miami Herald, Manchester Union Leader and scores of other newspapers.

Goldberg is currently a member of the Board of Contributors to USA Today. In the past he's served as a media critic for both Brill's Content and The American Enterprise and a Washington Columnist for the Times of London. He has written about politics and culture for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, Commentary, The Public Interest, The Wilson Quarterly, The Weekly Standard, Slate,, New York Post, Women's Quarterly and Food and Wine and other publications.

Goldberg was a regular political commentator on CNN and has served as a guest host on “Crossfire” and as a regular panelist on Wolf Blitzer's “Late Edition.” Other television appearances include “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live,” “Today,” “Nightline,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “Politically Incorrect,” “Special Report with Brit Hume,” “Geraldo,” “NBC Nightly News” and numerous other television and radio programs. He was a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C.

A former senior producer of the award-winning series “Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg” on PBS, he has written and produced several PBS documentaries and specials. He is the 2001 winner of the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award. His book, Liberal Fascism, will be published January 8, 2008 by Random House (Doubleday).

And when you take all that prodigious talent and unleash it, you get ... this.

Funny. In a sadmaking sort of way, of course.


Southern Quebec said...

Forgot one thing....
"Goldberg is fondly known as The Doughy Pantload in the Blogosphere."

Ti-Guy said...

To see all those credits and accolades listed there is a wondrous thing indeed. What on Earth explains the fact that arguably the stupidest man on Earth continues to attract so much attention?

I guess I've just answered my own question. I suppose it's the lot of most decent, intelligent people to be endlessly fascinated by the spectacle of raw, direct vacuousness on such a grand scale.

When I read those excepts of Liberal Fascism at Sadly, No!, it didn't feel like I was reading something; the experience was more like looking at a mandala; observing something cryptic and unfathomable, the only value of which is, possibly, meditative. I know I entered a kind of trance or maybe even a fugue state when I read it.

LuLu said...

That glowing list of accomplishments merely reinforces my opinion that nepotism, like inbreeding, just highlights the stupid.

M@ said...

My experience was different, Ti-Guy. When I read those excerpts, I was transported back to grad school, working as a TA, looking into the fearful, pleading eyes of a recent immigrant in the engineering program, trying to explain to him why his paper did not merit more than a C-.

Ideas all over the place, few and irrelevant examples, poor organization, lack of any definition or real understanding of the terms used... he stayed above the D range because he honestly tried and was willing to work to make his next paper better. Jonah, not so much.

I'm sure the wingnut welfare machine will get him a contract for his next book, though, unlike those of us who are forced to actually, you know, work for those publishing contracts...

Ti-Guy said...

I'm just getting even more appalled by who's taking this piece of garbage seriously. The New York Times panned it politely, which is an outrage.

I'm going to write my own book on liberals, entitled Lessons from Weimar : The Cult of Civility and the Enablers of Fascism.

Red Tory said...


At what point does this thing cease being a mildly amusing joke and simply become a total embarrassment? Why is it languishing there in total neglect on the NRO website?

It's really quite bizarre.