To wit: author John Scalzi (@scalzi) on Twitter: "As far as I can tell, the Breitbart site is by, and for, people who have drunk lead paint smoothies every single day of their lives."
Now, I don’t read Breitbart religiously, but people do link to it and I’ve seen some good stuff there. Out of curiosity, wondering what might have set off Mr. Scalzi, I looked at the site just now, and here are the top stories:
- “Oprah Defends Sony Exec Over Racist Comments - But Slammed [L.A. Clippers owner] Sterling"
- “Police: 3 Dead, Including Gunman, in Sydney Siege"
- “Aussie Comedian: See? Gun Control Works"
- “Immigration Activists Bash Boehner at L.A. Amnesty Conference"
I didn’t bother to read any of the stories. The headlines pretty much speak for themselves. Breitbart is a conservative site, so it’s no surprise the pieces have a conservative slant.
By comparison, let’s look at the first four stories at Daily Kos:
- “David Koch: ‘I’m a social liberal’"
- “Lima climate talks: Optimism going in, skepticism coming out"
- “Vivek Murthy confirmed as Surgeon General"
- “Fox & Friends uses Australia hostage-taking to justify American torture program"
Before you actually seek to take him up on the "social liberal" part, note that he continued by saying "as long as it doesn't interfere with the machinations of Plutus, god of wealth and king of all domains."Hmm, I’m pretty sure Koch did not actually say those words in quotation marks.
I’m still not sure what Mr. Scalzi was upset about, but I will bet he wouldn’t make the remark he did on Twitter in a general audience - say, to book buyers in Cleveland. On Twitter, however, he felt that this was a perfectly acceptable remark.