The National Review stopped carrying her column after that, not because of what she wrote in that article, but because she refused to edit a subsequent column that attempted to defend those remarks.
Quote:We did not "fire" Ann for what she wrote, even though it was poorly written and sloppy. We ended the relationship because she behaved with a total lack of professionalism, friendship, and loyalty.
Franken does a good job of showing this poor writing and total lack of professionalism continues in her books. There's much to discuss, but the topper for me was this quote from an interview with a sympathetic reporter which Franken also mentions in the book.
Quote:"My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building."
Here the nutcase agrees with a terrorist act that killed hundreds and regrets only that he picked the wrong target! It amazes me that she is allowed to spout off on "talking head" TV shows after such a comment - I can't imagine anyone thinks she has a shred of credibility left, yet she is still all over the place... As someone said she is way out on a thin limb jumping up and down with all her might - one day she'll come crashing down. I wonder... Edited by: LanDroid at: 11/9/03 1:35 pm
True, Meme. Clinton's PR was pretty clever, but Bush's team has taken PR to new levels. If people just read a few books on marketing psychology, they'd have a better sense of when they're being manipulated emotionally.
sandor, I agree. All parties have to deal with stereotypes generated by their own idiots. And both parties in our system rely on those stereotypes in attacking the other side. So every liberal "loves taxes" (as opposed to "most liberals believe public health and welfare is a legitimate government function, worth the tax investment") and evey conservative "loves war" as opposed to "most conservatives believe war is a necessary evil." Each side attributes the worst motives to the other and then some idiot confirms it by their reaction.
I'm pretty sure that was just a random troll that came a-wanderin' through our little patch of the net.
Do not feed the trolls!
They thrive on attention, so I'd recommend not giving it any. If it comes back it'll probably start spamming as many threads as it can, trying to get one of us to cough up a morsel or two of response. I urge everyone to refrain from doing so. If it gets really bad you may have to ban it, Chris.
With just over 100 members plus the occasional guest, BT probably doesn't get trolls all that often. But over at The Neutral Zone - a "sensitive issues" BBS I posted to for over a year - we were utterly overrun with them. It's why I stopped posting there, in fact. Do not let your site become known as a troll feeding ground; ignore the little ones, ban the big ones, and delete their posts when necessary. Doing so is not "censorship", it's pest control.
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Re: Eeek! Trolls!
I've been forced to delete some of his posts and ban him. Looks like Sandor hit the nail on the head, and how unfortunate. I'd love to see some people challenge Al Franken, but I don't need immature ad hominems being tossed about.
The post I deleted was one where LOONEYLIBERALS created a poll asking people how they define Al Franken. The choices were all vulgar terms. Al would probably laugh, seeing as he has a great sense of humor...but we don't need this trolling behavior around BookTalk.
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