Well, it's Friday, which is good because our suffering is reduced on the weekend when the "news cycle" stops cycling. Despite the week being shorter due to the Labor Day holiday, we did not get through it unscathed. Not by a long shot.
First and foremost, there was Vox's Matthew Yglesias, who argued for less transparency from politicians. I'm sure Mr. Yglesias thinks of himself as a journalist.
Here's Mr. Obsequious, who is a child of the 80's.
This did not go unnoticed by Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, who had some choice things to say about Mr. Yglesias' latest effort.
Subheaded "Government officials' email should be private, just like their phone calls," the Yglesias piece basically argues that emails shouldn't be covered by laws like the Freedom of Information Act because it's the 2010s, and it's just too darn hard to use the phone if you want to keep something secret while you're on the public payroll.
I'm sure there's no shortage of reporters lining up to take a whack at Yglesias and his treasonous column this week, so I'll keep this short...
The problem is that I couldn't find any other reporters taking a whack at him. Hence this post. Here's Taibbi again.
2) It's kind of not our job in the media to worry about how officials might conduct politically embarrassing conversations without the press finding out. If that's what Matt stays up at night worrying about, he might need a more news-appropriate hobby, like alcoholism.
3) If George Bush had been the subject of an email scandal, Yglesias obviously wouldn't have written this article, making this a transparently partisan piece and therefore automatically pathetic.
But of course Mr. Yglesias was writing about poor Hillary, who should have found better ways to hide her corruption.
When we think about domesticated animals, we automatically think about cows, chickens, goats and the like, but that response merely demonstrates a limitation on our thinking. Mr. Yglesias is feeding at the Hillary trough just as surely as any pig feeding at a literal trough.
And Mr. Matt had better keep feeding at that trough, because Hillary keeps an enemies list. It's a spreadsheet! Don't worry about it, Matt, you'll get plenty of access in the future.
And then there's Wells Fargo.
Have a nice weekend.