Broder under fire

Not that anyone outside of newsrooms will care but America’s “dean of journalism” is under fire from folks who aren’t.

  • Bill Prendergast

    “From folks who aren’t” what?

    Explain the construction of that sentence you wrote, please: “Not that anyone outside of newsrooms will care but America’s “dean of journalism” is under fire from folks who aren’t.”

    “Folks who aren’t” what? Folks who aren’t in newsrooms? Folks who aren’t outside of newsrooms? Folks who aren’t “America’s deans of journalism?”

    Who are these “folks” you’re referring to? I followed the link and read the comment and the thread and the only thing I could perceive about those “folks” is that they are critical of Broder.

    What did you mean when you wrote that Broder was under fire from “folks who aren’t?”

    By the way–this is Bill Prendergast again–so please answer the question this time, don’t just shrug it off with more of your patronizing remarks and “you should calm down” advice.

  • Bob Collins


    From folks who aren’t the dean of journalism.

    You’re about to go on the kabong list, Bill. You’re trolling.

  • Bill Prendergast

    I’m 47 years old, I had to look up “trolling” in an online dictionary to find out what you meant.

    This is what I found:

    Trolling: Posting derogatory messages about sensitive subjects on newsgroups and chat rooms to bait users into responding.

    I don’t see how anything I wrote in to you at any time constitutes trolling. Could you please explain why what I wrote to you constitutes “trolling?” Otherwise it will just look as though you’re putting people on the “kabong list” because just because they were critical of something you wrote.

    Thanks for any info,


  • Bob Collins

    Bill: There’s is nothing wrong with disagreeing with me. You’re not the first. And since nobody has ever been put on the kabong list before, disagreeing with me doesn’t get you there. But Polinaut is a place where disagreements and incivility do not go hand in hand. There’s lots of places for that.

    Got a question? Ask a question. Got a comment. Make a comment. Want to pick a fight for the sake of picking a fight? Move along. That’s trolling.

  • Bill Prendergast

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the need for civility–that’s why I objected to dismissing me a victim of “candidate fever” because I disagreed with you about a Wetterling ad. I don’t like incivility either, Bob.

    But we have to agree to disagree about whether I was “trolling” here; I wasn’t picking a fight with you for the sake of picking a fight–I simply didn’t understand a sentence you wrote; I think it was unclear. I didn’t expect to be threatened with the kabong list for pointing out something like that.

    And I’m glad that you’ve never had to put anybody on the kabong list before. You won’t have to worry about putting me on the kabong list, if you practice the civility you demand of your readers.

    As Michele Bachmann once said on the radio:

    “Listeners should rejoice right now, because there are believers all across your listening area that are praying now. And I would say that if you can’t attend the (anti-gay marriage) rally, you can pray. And God calls us to fall on our faces and our knees and cry out to Him and confess our sins. And I would just ask your listeners to do that now. Cry out to a Holy God. He wants to hear us, He will hear us if we will confess our sins and cry out to Him. Our children are worth it and obedience to God demands it.” –Senator Michele Bachmann, appearing as guest on radio program “Prophetic Views Behind The News”, hosted by Jan Markell, KKMS 980-AM, March 6, 2004.

  • Bob Collins

    So, Bill. Anythign to say about the Broder article?

  • Bill Prendergast

    No. It wasn’t very interesting, was it? How about you, what’s your take on it, Bob?