Critical Miss: The Bastard's Guide to Journalism

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The Bastard's Guide to Journalism

If you liked it then you should have put a Sol Ring on it.

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I had a discussion with my wife last night about how The Escapist's linking to that article is bad enough by allowing this community to generate hits instead of just using pull quotes. There does seem to be some effective trolling going down here...

I hadn't even thought about that side of it. Wow, what a perfect self-sustaining dick move. I'm not even sure if I'm mad or impressed.
All in all I guess it doesn't impact my life, so it doesn't matter.
Thanks for all the work you guys do!

Can I skip the first steps and skip straight to murdering a goat?

But I think your hand-faeces analogy was pretty accurate

Knee deep?! Is that kinda like fisting?

Didn't hear about it 'til now. Sounds rather like something an asshole would do.

But when I saw the title... am I the only one who thought of a completely different Bastard who also happens to be a journalist?

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JFrog84:
Knee deep?! Is that kinda like fisting?

<_> Don't be a perv, please.

Well, doing something terrible, and condemning it at the same time.

Someone tell who ever is in charge of the dictionary to change the definition of hypocrisy to "these journalist bastards", please.

Damn, now where am I going to find a goat?

I had not thought about it that way. ANd by that way, i meant Mr. Finkel getting laid because of this story.

Mr. Finkel being the world champion of Magic the Gathering and all must be a master tactition, how do we know he didn't mastermind and orchestrate the whole thing to get women?

I quit paying attention to Gawker as a whole when they changed the site. Actions like this suggest to me they're desperate for the attention they lost.

Too bad, because I really dug Lifehacker.

You're right, nobody would read that overly-long rant... <-joke

But I agree that is a bad thing to do from every aspect. It shouldn't have happened in the first place. When it did, the other news places shouldn't have just reposted it for more people to give it the attention they want. And after that, people really shouldn't have gave it all the attention they have. Mainly because it encourages them to do it again.

Also, I didn't realize goats spewed that much blood when you cut their throats. Is this Kill-Bill or something?

A goat can't spill that much blood in a single cut in the neck >.>'

Yeah, that was a dick move and akin to pointing someone with the finger and yelling "look!, he's a dumbass because he's smarter than me!, laugh at him!".

I'm really tempted to see the article to see what the fuss was about, but I won't keep feeding the trolls.

Well, that menthod has worked very well for the British press for decades.

So..the moral of the story is: When you sacrifice ethics, you gain everything?
Heh, I kid...

Seriously: When I noticed the byline involved Finkel, I ignored it instinctively. While I willingly (and foolishly) comment on some truly stupid shit regularly, celebrity gossip is not my bag; at all.

It's an entire genre of journalism commonly steeped in vague near-slander/libel which is then spun and hyped into utter meaninglessness. At least with political, business and economical controversy, there is something bigger to focus on than just some celebrity, who at the end of the day, is still just a person. An overly popular and overrated person, but a person all the same.

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Surprised? No.

Kapol:
Also, I didn't realize goats spewed that much blood when you cut their throats. Is this Kill-Bill or something?

No, it's Kill Billy.

I've gotta thank you for explaining what's going on behind the scenes because I read the original story (and the article condemning it) at Gizmodo and was horribly confused as to why they'd publish both.

To be honest Gawker is kind of like a tabloid of the internet but with even less original idea. Page-vewis due to conroversy and churnalism can be justified by passing the buck to individual conributors whist maintaining a pretty shockingly low level of jouralisitc standards. Perhaps gawker are afraid that if they stopped stirring pot people might realise it was mainly full of shit.

As a side note i fucking love John Finkel XD

EDIT; Einhorn is Finkel, Finkel is Einhorn. :P

SupahGamuh:
A goat can't spill that much blood in a single cut in the neck >.>'

You'd be surprised how much blood a goat can spill with a single swipe on the jugular. Having sluaghtered goats myself (no, really), it's actually disgustingly captivating.

I skipped steps 1-3....will 4 do it alone for me?

That's a Band of Horses t-shirt in the second panel. I approve.

ho Huios tes Moiras:

Kapol:
Also, I didn't realize goats spewed that much blood when you cut their throats. Is this Kill-Bill or something?

No, it's Kill Billy.

I've gotta thank you for explaining what's going on behind the scenes because I read the original story (and the article condemning it) at Gizmodo and was horribly confused as to why they'd publish both.

No, THIS is "Kill Billy." :)

Susan Arendt:

ho Huios tes Moiras:

Kapol:
Also, I didn't realize goats spewed that much blood when you cut their throats. Is this Kill-Bill or something?

No, it's Kill Billy.

No, THIS is "Kill Billy." :)

You WIN, ma'am!

Everybody wins, I guess. o_O

knee-deep in succulent vaginas

This line broke my imagination... awesome.

Scrumpmonkey:

EDIT; Einhorn is Finkel, Finkel is Einhorn. :P

I'm so very glad I wasn't the only one who couldn't help but have that creep into my head...

I had lols imagining Finkel reading the article she wrote, screaming, drowning himself in toothpaste then setting his clothes on fire and crying =p

Good comic, fantastic accompanying article.

Laughed my head off at your wordmithing mister Carter and very relevant points. People are far too easily manipulated by cynical ghouls like Bereznak and the Gawker group. That this has made them money is the most disheartening fact of the whole affair.

Cory is really coming into his own recently great to see. Keep up the good work guys.

Wow, that's the best analysis of the situation I've seen. It's the only one, sure, but it's pretty damn awesome nonetheless.

All that being said, the story does have a happy ending. Jon Finkel is more popular than ever, and is no doubt knee-deep in succulent vaginas by now,

This is probably true, but if not, he should be introduced to this girl:

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Now I don't play Magic (I used to) but that is one awesome piece of clothing.

This is from the PAX cos-play gallery, but I couldn't help reposting it. Here's another thing. I have a friend who doesn't fit the nerd stereotype at all. He plays baseball with me on the weekends, he rides his mountain bike, he's on a softball team and drinks like a fish. But he's also way into Magic. When we were on the field last Sunday, he was on his friend talking to his friend about what sort of deck he was going to use when he got home. If there is justice in the universe, the writer of that article will never get a date again. At least not from the smarter crowd.

Tin Man:

Scrumpmonkey:

EDIT; Einhorn is Finkel, Finkel is Einhorn. :P

I'm so very glad I wasn't the only one who couldn't help but have that creep into my head...

I had lols imagining Finkel reading the article she wrote, screaming, drowning himself in toothpaste then setting his clothes on fire and crying =p

**Crying Game Kicks in**

Lols were had

Nice Fullmetal Alchemist refrence if anything can describe her reaction to him it is pride from brotherhood

Okay, I've got no idea what the comic is referring to and from the little info I gleamed from the writer's blurb, it really isn't worth my time to read the links or even ask for someone to give me the gist of it. So, instead of doing that, anyone got any funny antidotes or snippets of worldly advice they would like to share?

"Mewling Cylon infiltrator"? "Knee-deep in succulent vaginas"? It's like a 1-2 combination of awesome quotability.

Anyway. Bizarrely enough, probably the most upsetting part to me about this whole kerfluffle was Susan Arendt's apology piece (and not even "upsetting" so much as "mildly displeasing"). I don't feel obliged to apologize for the actions of any other man; the same should hold true for women. Condemn the arrogant little guttersnipe as the backstabbing twit that she is, congratulate yourself for not being that sort of person, and move on.

When did I get THIS inured to petty sensationalism and self-serving behavior? I've got to stop reading the news.

Oh please, like The Escapist isn't all about traffic whoring.

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