Friday night a friend called me and asked me if the Washington, DC NBC affiliate was going to be doing a profile on me. Perplexed, I responded that to the best of my knowledge no such feature was planned; at least none that involved active participation by me.
It turns out that there was a week long series of segments on DC area bloggers, most of whom Id’ never heard of, though all whom I’ve since checked out.
I have heard of Wonkette, who evidently were the “name” bloggers they decided to feature on the Friday, week-ending segment. Here’s a bit of the interview:
Lat and Pareene said a lot of their material comes from readers.
“We do get a fair amount of e-mail,” Lat said. “It’s kind of overwhelming to keep track of. A lot of tips, a lot of gossip, a lot of them are bloggers, and they send us things from their own blogs that they think might be of interest to us.”
“A lot of unverified speculation and rumor mongering comes in, too, which we do our best to vet, but some things are so funny you just want to put it up,” Pareene said.
…But they don’t put just anything up on their site.
“We’re probably slightly better at fact checking than people think we are,” Pareene said. “Considering that the expectations are zero on that front … considering the expectation are that we make up everything we post.”
So how do the Wonkette boys follow-up their first major media exposure in the post Ana Marie Cox era?
They wonder about Michelle Malkin’s internet videos, “does she do the thing with the ping-pong balls?” Apparently that was one of those things that was “so funny you just want to put it up.”
Oddly Michelle isn’t ammused…
You can see the extended interview with the Wonkette boys, David Lat and Alex Pareene here. It’s every bit as vapid and uninteresting as you’d expect…