I won’t rehash the Journolist flap here. Too many bytes have already been sacrificed to it, and I’m disinclined to add to the carnage. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, type “journolist” into your search engine and start reading.) Still, there was a local note of interest to be found in the affair.
One of the members of Journolist is a lefty writer named Spencer Ackerman, whose contribution to the ruckus was a now all-too-public message to his fellow Journolistas in which he suggested that a right-winger have his head smashed through a plate-glass window, and that a photo of the “bleeding mess” be sent out in a Christmas card “to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear.” (Ackerman added, “Obviously I mean this rhetorically.”)
It didn’t take long for someone to track down a photo and background information on Ackerman, both of which were found in a 2006 interview he gave with a media website. In it, Ackerman doesn’t look like, nor come across as, the type of guy who’d get the best of any brawl occurring in front of a plate-glass window. He’d be the smashee, if anything. One commenter at the site described him this way: “Woody Allen’s little brother.”
But for my money, the funniest thing in the interview was this earnest question and answer:
When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? Three weeks ago I helped out with the Really Free Market anarchist swapmeet in Carrboro, North Carolina.
How do you mock someone who’s already turned himself into a parody?