Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Longer The Post, The Bigger The Snowjob

Much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much shorter Megan McArdle: Despite my best efforts and use of "Grubergate," my favorite new scandal is being ignored. It's about journalism ethics, people!


cynic said...

"Yet in my experience, the majority of people in these domains think that they could do everyone else’s job better, if they weren’t so busy with whatever it is they’re doing so well. It’s the illusion of omnicompetence, and in the case of, it seems to have been nearly fatal."

So writes the woman who presumes expertise on, well, everything.
And she does that with absolutely no trace of irony whatsoever.
It must be wonderful being Megan McArdle whose life philosophy seems to be:.
Nothing can ever be known; I know nothing; therefore I know everything that can possibly be known.

Downpuppy said...

Key line:

The point is that he was doing something that I had probably done myself a dozens of times: telling users that something they wanted was impossible when, in fact, it was merely forbidden

This supports the 2 pillars of wisdom:
Megan is a liar
Megan not write good

Anonymous said...

Ms. Megan's all Gruber but, strangely, mum on Uber these days.
Wasn't always the case.
Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists
Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics’ personal lives fair game. Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.
By Ben Smith
BuzzFeed Staff
Posted on Nov. 17, 2014, at 8:57 p.m.
A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.


Hmmm, wonder if Ms. Megan knows anything about Uber?
Uber and Cabbies in D.C. Death Match
By Megan McArdle
Bloomberg View
Oct 28, 2014 12:20 PM EDT
Uber Makes Economists Sad
By Megan McArdle
Bloomberg View
Jul 9, 2014 3:56 PM EDT
Why You Can't Get a Taxi
And how an upstart company may change that
By Megan McArdle
The Atlantic
Apr 2 2012, 3:38 PM ET


Re. "Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists"
Megan McArdle's response: Crickets, baby. Crickets. Nothing on Bloomberg. Nothing on Twitter. Complete and total ignorance from Ms. Megan.
Just make sure Uber's check makes it to the appropriate offshore domicile by month's end as per the usual requirements.
Wonder if Ms. Megan would have been so blatantly ignorant of this Uber tale IF the exec openly talking blackmail of the media had been an Obama official and the topic had been the Affordable Care Act?

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick talks big growth and regulatory roadblocks in D.C.
By Mike DeBonis
District of DeBonis blog
The Washington Post
Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 07/27/2012
MD: I noticed your Twitter avatar is the cover of Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”
Kalanick: I don’t know what you’re talking about. [Laughs.] It’s one of my favorite books. It’s less of a political statement. It’s just personally one of my favorite books. I’m a fan of architecture.
MD: The Randian philosophy has come to bear on this situation, you would admit.
Kalanick: That’s probably true. I’d say there’s an uncanny resemblance, especially on
the “Atlas Shrugged” side.


Could it be Ms. Megan's stayin' loyal to the Ayn Rand Brand and refusing to acknowledge
a story that's (a) all over the Internet and (b) makes the Ayn Rand-John Birch Society-Libertarian-Tea Party breed look like nothing more than terrorist thugs?

Susan of Texas said...

Oooh, I don't have that last one. I've been trying to work on an UberMegan post for three days--I'll get it done as soon as I can.

Then there's the whole thing with that Institute for Justice, funded by the Koches, and how much McArdle knew about that connection.

And of course she is saying nothing about the economics of it for the cabbies.

It is too much of a coincidence that she just happened to take up the Uber cause. There is more to this, although I probably won't ever find it.

Susan of Texas said...

I'm so rude--thanks, anon!

Anonymous said...

Another reason for McMegan to ignore Uber for a while: The CEO said that Obamacare helps his company.


Anonymous said...

Another Uber story for Megan to ignore: