Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Gift That Kept On Giving

Tim Blair reminds us of the Guardian's Maxgate trainwreck.

It's actually better than that. Not only did we have the genius that was the original article, but the Guardian produced a whole slew of later articles explaining, in ever more hysterical terms, just how stoopid their critics were.

Rereading these articles now reminds me of just why this was so much better than the normal lefty internecine warfare. Red-on-reds are normally dreary Judean People's Front/People's Front of Judea triviafests but this time round the main source of bitterness was that both sides were acting so...... liberal.

Guardian staffers professed to be shocked that their readers turned out to be a bunch of vindictive, bitter, prolier-than-thou losers who begrudge others their success even when it doesn't have the slightest effect on them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the hill, the readers were stunned to find that the people's paper turns out to be a family business, let alone the way its writers dodged valid questions about how the piece got commissioned, instead misrepresenting what the critics were actually saying and whining about hate mail and lynch mobs, then - when that didn't work - arbitrarily closing down uncooperative comment threads. What did they expect ? Rational arguments ? What paper have these people been reading ?

The whole farce is the perfect barometer of the left's lack of self-awareness. All this girly hysteria was down to liberals being enraged about other liberals acting like liberals. No wonder they're so focused on hating the right - its the only thing that stops liberals realising how fundamentally obnoxious their ideology is.

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