This is for hard-core media/political junkies only, and if you don’t follow the US elections and how the media cover them, this will be meaningless. If you are, like me, moderately obsessed with US policitcs and are amazed that James Taranto seems to have free reign to ridicule all Democratic candidates at a level that lies somewhere between the disgusting and the
illegal immoral, this site is worth a visit.
What the blogger here is saying (though not quite in these words) is that Taranto’s jokes are not jokes at all. When Taranto always refers to Kerry as the “haughty French-looking senator who, by the way, served in Vietnam,” it becomes a meme, a little word group that gets stuck in readers’ minds. It becomes for many the Truth. Just like his always referring to Krugman as “the former Enron adviser.” It’s a clever, wicked technique.
I’ve written about Taranto before and won’t bore you with a rehash. Suffice it to say I find him the single most odious political commentator out there. The big danger is that he is very, very smart, and he knows exactly what he’s doing. And what he’s doing is downright immoral.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.