The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day

Posted on | August 6, 2013 | 146 Comments

“Alec MacGillis, staff writer of the Washington Post, needs to leave journalism immediately to find a profession in which he is half-competent.”
Brad DeLong, March 27, 2008

Alec MacGillis is a douchebag who has lately been busy carrying “phony scandals” water for the Obama administration. As was once said of Sidney Blumenthal, if MacGillis were hired by the White House tomorrow, his first assignment would be to collect his back pay.

None of that distinguishes MacGillis from dozens of others of partisan Democrat hacks, who seem to think doing steno work for Media Matters and the DNC is courageous and innovative journalism. What sets Alec MacGillis apart is his lack of self-awareness, his evident belief that nobody is ever going to notice what a pompous fraud he really is.

MacGillis is a former Washington Post reporter who is now employed by The New Republic, a magazine that was sold last year to Facebook gazillionaire Chris Hughes, so you might think MacGillis would have a clue about which way the media winds are blowing. Sadly, no:

Craigslist’s Craig Newmark has not bought the Post, thank goodness — that would be too much to bear. But Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as the white knight provokes only slightly less shock and dolor. We knew the other guys had won a long time ago . . .

(“The other guys” = the ones who make profits.)

. . . but it’s another thing when they can waltz in and, in the charmless guise of “Explore Holdings LLC,” drop $250 million in cash for a legendary paper (that’s a mere one percent of Bezos’s net worth), as flip and easy as plucking an Apollo rocket engine from the ocean or building a $42 million, 10,000-year clock in West Texas.

(But what about Chris Hughes waltzing in, huh?)

There are already hopeful noises coming out of the corner of 15th and L about Bezos as owner, compared with other possibilities. He is promising independence. He is, for now, keeping the leadership team in place (let’s hope in particular that he keeps editor Marty Baron, under whose leadership the paper has been doing some notably hard-edged and influential journalism). His politics are not visibly objectionable. . . .

(Please tell us, Mr. MacGillis, what sort of politics are “visibly objectionable” to a professional journalist like yourself?)

But let’s not kid ourselves here: The company that made him one of the richest men in the world has had a less than benign impact on our nation. It has devastated the publishing industry, from the big presses to the small booksellers. It has exacerbated the growth of the low-wage economy, to the point where the president feels the need to celebrate an increase in warehouse jobs that will pay barely more than minimum wage. . . .

(Hey, f–k you, Alec. What I consider “less than benign” is not that Amazon warehouse workers are paid so little, but rather that you are paid so much, you worthless dishonest hack.)

More generally, Amazon has embodied, more than any other of the giants that rule our new landscape, the faster-cheaper-further mindset that scratches away daily at our communal fabric: Why bother running down to the store around the block if you can buy it with a click? No risk of running into someone on the way and actually having to talk to them, and hey, can you beat that price? No thought given to the externalities that make that price possible –the workers being violently shocked every time they pull a book off the warehouse shelf, or losing a chunk of their lunch break to go through the security checkpoint set up by their oh-so-trusting employer. They’re Somewhere Else, working for a company that is Out There, in the cloud. . . .

(Shop now for big savings at Amazon!)

I avoid buying from Amazon as best I can, but I’ll keep subscribing to my old paper as long as they keep printing it . . .

And so much for your influence, you hacktastic douchebag. Nobody really likes you, and this is not their fault, Alec MacGillis.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!



146 Responses to “Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day”

  1. Joseph P. Martino
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    Yes. My book, published through Amazon’s CreateSpace, is doing quite nicely, thank you. It was rejected by several major publishers. I’m glad Amazon was t here when I needed a publisher.

  2. CptNerd
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:16 pm

    He’s not just composed or decomposed, he’s recomposed!

  3. Paratisi
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

    Don’t U Just Love Pseudo-Intellectual Leftists? Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day

  4. Paratisi
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day

  5. BrezzyJD
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    RT @Paratisi: Don’t U Just Love Pseudo-Intellectual Leftists? Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day http://t.c…

  6. Conservative_TM
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    RT @Paratisi: Don’t U Just Love Pseudo-Intellectual Leftists? Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day http://t.c…

  7. nickshaw
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    Just had to mention jelly donuts, didn’t you?
    I’ll be back…

  8. ComradeArthur
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:29 pm

    RT @AceofSpadesHQ: listen to this little bitch fret his little head over the notion that his Class has suffered a blow to its prestige http…

  9. Lee Reynolds
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

    These guys on the left are always so upset that menial workers are paid a menial wage, as if someone should be paid more than their labor is worth, simply because they exist.

    This is but a half step removed from outright socialism.

    Total losers.

  10. rmnixondeceased
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    The New and Improved Dick®

  11. RMNixonDeceased
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    “The New and Improved Dick®” — rmnixondeceased

  12. RMNixonDeceased
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    “Information is generally hard on lefty brains.” — Finrod Felagund

  13. RMNixonDeceased
    August 6th, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    “All Leftists are at the center of their own universes, don’t ya know.” — Bob Belvedere

  14. j Ray
    August 6th, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

    MacGillis is typical snarky progressive f’tard.

  15. WonkishRogue
    August 6th, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    MacGillis, hacktastic douchebag and warrior for Communitarianism and the social contract!

  16. Quartermaster
    August 6th, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    I think you are enjoying this too much. These libtards, I realize, are a very tempting target, but you are wasting your talent on them.

    I’d offer you a Corona, but you already seem to be intoxicated by your enjoyment of taking down these tempting libtard targets and don’t want to be known as your enabler in intoxication as your saintly, over stressed wife might blame it on me.

    But, I can tell you are having fun.

  17. Greg Toombs
    August 6th, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    Amazing how progressives find progress so distasteful…

  18. gastorgrab
    August 6th, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

    If money is of no importance to the political class, why are my taxes so high?

  19. Peejay70
    August 6th, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    If he were interested in profits, he wouldn’t have bought a money-losing venture. I think the Grahams kept the parts of the company that made money.

  20. jamesbbkk
    August 6th, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    -“running down to the store” involves taking the approved mode of mass transit, yes? Or are we to walk? Doubtful that using a car does fits with the approved narrative.

    Mercantilist fallacies persist in the undercurrents of the article in a couple of places. –Those consumers are actually getting good value without being subjected to the controls of connected producers. We can’t have that!

    As if ordering news on pulp using ink delivered by trucks using liquid fuels (emitting CO2 among other things in the transport and in the production of the pulp, the ink, the fuels and vehicles not to mention the electricity for powering the presses) is somehow better than getting content from Amazon? How’s that for simultaneously holding conflicting ideas in one’s mind? [CO2 and pollution = bad, newspaper delivery using trucks and paper = good]

  21. rabidfox2
    August 6th, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    He might try actually publishing a NEWSpaper rather than a propaganda sheet. Might make money that way.

  22. Jeannette Custodio
    August 6th, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

    I find a different price structure when I go through ads, sometimes.

  23. Jeannette Custodio
    August 6th, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    Or, you get to perform the cashier’s duties with no monetary recompense whatsoever

  24. maxentropy
    August 6th, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    “It has devastated the publishing industry, from the big presses to the small booksellers.”
    No, the former customers that used to buy paper books did it to the publishing industry. Amazon merely gave them a better option that they have gleefully accepted. This is the same erronius argument that leftists use when they say that Wal Mart has killed small businesses. No, their former customers did.

  25. xbox361
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    but the best part is when you are next in line and someone calls.
    someone who might come in and spend money.
    as opposed to the moron standing in line ready to give them money.
    glad my time has no value

  26. xbox361
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:45 am

    and i shop at other places on the internet, but Amazon Prime is good for me. Freedom to choose!

  27. RichFader
    August 7th, 2013 @ 1:47 am

    If you’re a TNR writer and you work for Chris Hughes and you complain about any Internet exec, let alone Jeff Bezos, buying The Post, you’re a throbbing, erect tool.

  28. SgtPolite
    August 7th, 2013 @ 1:59 am

    Congratulations to .@AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day #tcot #tlot #p2 #teaparty #NRA #LNYHBT

  29. AB_CutRock
    August 7th, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day

  30. Wombat_socho
    August 7th, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    Aren’t you the fellow who wrote “Secret Weapon” and some other stories in Analog back in the 1960s?

  31. Wombat_socho
    August 7th, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    It could happen.

  32. Has Anybody Seen Steffy Stuffapottamus Lately? | Daily Pundit
    August 7th, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    […] Congratulations to @AlecMacGillis, Hacktastic Douchebag of the Day : The Other McCain […]

  33. robertstacymccain
    August 7th, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    “Mercantilist fallacies persist …”

    Exactly, in very much the same spirit of Democrat rhetoric about “outsourcing jobs overseas,” an appeal to angry resentments that diverts attention away from the question of why manufacturing in the United States has become unprofitable. Labor unions (and regulators and tort lawyers) have treated industry as a fixed target, as if they may impose costs upon these firms that have no other choice but to sit there and bear the profit-destroying burdens. Then the local plant shuts down and Democrats (controlled by union bosses and tort lawyers) begin to shout about “outsourcing” and “corporate greed,” as if the mere selfishness of fat-cat businessmen explained such decisions.

  34. Mike B
    August 7th, 2013 @ 11:03 am

    “We knew the other guys had won a long time ago…” Yup. With Obama re-elected and all his signature policies eating away the foundations of our nation – with the entirety of the MSM running interference for him – the “other guys” won. And yet he bravely soldiers on, brave brave brave brave Sir Alec.


  35. Dai Alanye
    August 7th, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    If you’ve ever dealt with Amazon (on ebooks, at least) you’ll know that the price is set by the authors is a misleading way of putting it.

    I recently decided to put a few things on Amazon, mainly because a book which I considered good was gaining very little traction at SmashwordsB&NAppleKoboDieselBaker&Taylor, etc. First, Amazon won’t let you offer a book for free, even if your marketing strategy is to treat the initial volume in a series as a come-on. Second, they offer a competitive roryatly only if the author agrees to sell his work exclusively through them.

    As if that weren’t sufficient disillusionment, my sales there have been even worse than previously at the other sites.

  36. Dai Alanye
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Not my experience at all. I shop mostly online, and assiduously (whatever that means) search for the best deal. Amazon very rarely turns out the winner. Takes some patience, but I’m willing to spend time instead of money in most cases.

  37. Dai Alanye
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

    How exceedingly judgmental you Amazonians are.

  38. Dai Alanye
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

    But it probably won’t. Let’s see how we feel in 2015.

  39. Dai Alanye
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    At the risk of repeating myself, Amazon is generally NOT the cheapest/best online source of goods. I’ve had plenty of experience, and my advice is, search more, pay less.

  40. robertstacymccain
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    Nailed it.

  41. Dustin
    August 7th, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

    Competition is a good thing. Amazon has always treated me well, always been reliable, and I think the value is usually good, though there are many products where shopping around pays off. But there’s a reason Amazon is on top.

  42. K-Bob
    August 7th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Depends on what you mean by “best deal.” To me the best deal is where people have taken the time to review it and you can get it shipped as soon as possible, and the stupid online transaction works.

    I’ve save a few bucks on things by buying through other systems than Amazon’s, but it’s almost always much more of a hassle.

    ESPECIALLY when there’s a problem with the order.

  43. Dai Alanye
    August 7th, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

    When I say best deal all factors pertinent to me are taken into consideration, although more time might be required than if I went immediately to, say, L L Bean. As an example, I recently took advantage of the onset of spring to buy some wool sweaters, purchasing them from no fewer than four outlets but getting what I wanted at bargain prices. In doing so I discovered Woolovers, who will be my future first choice for value, so the time was especially well spent.

    In fact, I suggest that Stacy become an associate, though their standards are high and might be difficult to meet.

  44. Joseph P. Martino
    August 7th, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

    Yes. Haven’t been as successful lately. competition is stiff. But I’m working on a novel.

  45. xbox361
    August 7th, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

    you forgot the intense thrill of finding a good parking spot. oh yeah, makes it all worthwhile

  46. Steynian 485nst | Free Canuckistan!
    August 9th, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    […] Not So Much; Alec MacGillis is a douchebag who has lately been busy carrying “phony scandals” water for the Obama administration; We’re All Working for Jeff Bezos Now; America Loves You, Sama Elmasry!; A genuinely disturbing […]