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Greg Gutfeld

Cross-posted from Media Matters

It is not insulting Fox News host Greg Gutfeld to say he doesn’t know much about the subjects he jokes and chats about for a living. He draws pleasure from saying so himself, over and over again, in a thousand repetitive ways.

Like the network he works for, Gutfeld’s shtick is premised on the loud embrace of a pugilistic, media-bubbled conservatism. Gutfeld considered the late Andrew Breitbart a close friend and inspiration, and indeed represents what might be called the Breitbartian wing of the Fox News spectrum: he revels in media war for its own sake, prefers pop culture to political history, and spends his time buried in a trough of Twitter feeds and feuds. His new book, The Joy of Hate, reads like an extended riff on the author’s admission to being just an oversexed, Internet-and-TV addicted former lad-mag editor, who not all that long ago was teaching “old people how to do sit-ups on cruise ships,” and whose idea of journalistic legwork is using the search box at FoxNews.com.

Gutfeld’s winding road to right-wing punditry began as a student at UC-Berkeley during the 1980s. There he developed hatred for the left rooted in splenetic tendencies and cultural resentments more than any engagement with campus protest. Thirty years later, Gutfeld still doesn’t know anything about the era he says forged his political identity. In The Joy of Hate, he shrugs off the debate over Reagan’s Central America policies by calling it a bunch of “stupid crap” about which he says he’d “be lying if I told you I had a clue.” This is just one of many similar asides, and after a while you start to wonder if it’s part of an act when he jokes about not knowing the major combatants of World War II. Such self-denigrating honesty might not fortify Gutfeld’s qualifications as an ascendant pundit, but it should at least have given his book a sole endearing quality. But it doesn’t. The host of Fox News’ The Five and Red Eye (and sometimes sub for Bill O’Reilly) isn’t really being self-deprecating. He’s bragging.

Which makes Gutfeld’s book worthy of note when paired with the question: What does it say about the future of conservatism that Fox News keeps expanding the role of a man-child with so little interest in or knowledge about politics?

When pundits like Gutfeld don’t have much to say, but want to sell some books, they pilgrimage to the corpse of “political correctness,” which the right entombed after the success of Rush Limbaugh’s The Way Things Ought To Be launched the conservative publishing boom 20 years ago. The twist distinguishing Gutfeld’s paint-by-the-numbers entry from so many other titles in the Crown Forum back catalogue is homoerotic or gay-themed humor, a staple of Gutfeld’s on-air personae since he joined Fox in 2007 as the host of Red Eye, following a career in publishing spanning The American SpectatorMen’s HealthPreventionStuff, and the British edition of Maxim. Last year, he became a co-host of The Five, the fact-challenged panel show that replaced Glenn Beck’s vacated 5 p.m. slot.

Like so many have before, Gutfeld argues in his book that America is “under attack” by a liberal “tolerati” that has acquired tyrannical powers to police the boundaries of acceptable speech. He quickly stretches the point into farcical tolerance determinism. The tolerati (led by Media Matters, which he terms “the ventriloquist” while “the liberal media is the dummy”) dictates a “fetishized tolerance [that] is at the root of every single major political conflict we’re experiencing now – from terrorism to climate change, from birth control to the left’s weird indifference to large-scale, destructive evil.” His proposed solution is as simple as it is self-serving: more jerks like Greg Gutfeld. “We need to be jerks, smart intolerant jerks,” writes the Fox News star. “We need the idiocy of open-mindedness with happy judgmentalism.”

Gutfeld’s book is a crash course in Jerk Studies, a collection of conversational riffs and rants on America’s “poop stars” and “vagina demagogues.” Together they explain why, if you hold The Joy of Hate to your ear like a conch, you will hear not the ocean, but the sound of a particular brand of wiseass white entitlement accelerating its long slide down the wrong side of history.

 

It’s fitting that Gutfeld’s book hit stores the week after a presidential election understood to signal an historic realignment of electoral power away from the GOP’s white male base. The timing should give pause to Gutfeld’s boosters with a role in crafting conservative movement strategy. The Red Eye host’s book is unlikely to broaden the right’s appeal with young women or minorities. The former don’t have much use for Gutfeld’s habit of using scare quotes around the phrase “women’s health issue,” or his belief that “if you can’t afford [birth control pills], then clearly you are too lazy and stupid to have sex.” Blacks and Latinos, meanwhile, are unlikely to nod along to Gutfeld’s assessment that “the only people hurt by racism these days are the racists.”

But conservative political comedy is a fallow field, and some on the right insist Gutfeld can succeed where so many others have failed. In a recent Daily Caller article, former Bush administration official David Cohen described Gutfeld as “a uniquely gifted ambassador for the conservative cause” with a “style that can resonate not only with younger folks, but with others who have not traditionally welcomed the conservative message.” Gutfeld, Cohen argues, is a crossover hit waiting to happen, a secret weapon capable of closing the humor gap with the left and shifting the cultural balance of power rightward.

Gutfeld “is as hip to pop culture as they come [and] uses his hipness and humor as weapons to fight back on our behalf,” writes Cohen. “In eschewing ‘coolness’ as it’s defined by the guardians of our popular culture, Gutfeld makes it cool to be conservative. … [His] greatest upside lies in his potential to cross over. A lot of Republican leaders have been moping around after the election, trying to figure out how to communicate our values to young voters and others who went for Obama. They could learn something by watching Red Eye. Evidently, the brass at Fox News shares my assessment.”

And evidently the brass at Fox News doesn’t understand the new America. “You can tell your kids day and night to be good people,” writes Gutfeld in the Joy of Hate, “but you’re up against some serious competition: Lady Gaga [and] hip hop.” Is this the voice of a free-market Jon Stewart – or David Cohen’s great-grandmother? Even on major social issues, the self-proclaimed libertarian Gutfeld sounds like yesterday’s man. While trying to joke his way out of a coherent position on gay marriage, he ends up sounding like Rick Santorum. “If I’m running a business,” he writes, “I don’t want to pay for your dog’s health insurance, even if he is your spouse. So that’s where my tolerance ends.”

It’s also pretty close to the place Gutfeld’s youth appeal faulters. If conservatives want to better connect to young people, here’s some advice: cultivate personalities who don’t fill their books by writing that students protesting tuition hikes should feel lucky to be pepper-sprayed; or that consensus climate science is a “pile of crap”; or that the basic problem with American democracy is that “we have too many friggin’ voices trying to make themselves heard.”

The right is delusional if it thinks it can replicate the success of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert with Gutfeldian rightwing “irreverence.” One of the reasons people are drawn to the Comedy Central shows aside from the jokes is they don’t trust other news sources, and Fox News especially. Whatever tweaks Gutfeld may make to his formula in the future, he seems constitutionally (and institutionally) incapable of the basic fact checking, let alone the kind of serious research that goes into the best bits on the Daily Show. Gutfeld’s book continues into print his televised talent as a happy vehicle for blatant disinformation — on basic environmental issues, on major labor disputes, on the economic benefits of oil infrastructure. Leaving aside the content of his politics and the question of whether he’s actually funny, this explains why Gutfeld will forever struggle with the demo, and will remain just another target for more popular comedic pundits.

At least Gutfeld’s publisher understands this. Crown put together a book tour that takes Gutfeld mostly through the deep red states of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The only California stop is at the Reagan library. The biggest signing in Florida will take place at the Villages, an ultraconservative retirement community north of Orlando where the elderly members get around on golf carts.

Gutfeld does have fans in blue parts of the country, here and there, a number of whom contributed back jacket blurbs to the Joy of Hate. The District-dwelling Jonah Goldberg, who shares a publisher with Gutfeld, hails the book as “brilliant.” Manhattan resident Ann Coulter calls it the work of a “genius.” The L.A.-based Fox contributor Dennis Miller compares the book favorably to the works of Voltaire.

It is apparently in the spirit of Voltaire that Gutfeld reviews the professional arc of a shock jock named Doug “The Greaseman” Tracht, whose broadcasting career nosedived in 1999 when he followed a Lauryn Hill song by saying, “And they wonder why we drag them behind trucks,” a reference to the previous year’s gruesome and racially inspired murder of James Byrd. Gutfeld assures readers he’s not defending the Greaseman or his joke. He’s merely highlighting the case to prove the media’s unfair double standard: Jokes by liberals about the Pope are given a pass, while jokes by conservatives about modern lynchings get you fired. At least that seems to be Gutfeld’s argument, until he starts talking about Tracht’s firing as proof that “awful blatant racism” isn’t really a problem anymore. After all, the guy lost his job, right? The canning of a DJ is, in Gutfeld’s boy-in-the-media-bubble view, a more significant fact in assessing the persistence of racism than the murder of James Byrd (or, more recently, James Anderson). It is a conclusion that follows naturally from Breitbart’s Warholian-Maoistdictum that “politics is downstream from pop culture.”

The key to Greg Gutfeld is found not far from here, in his adolescent obsession with a hierarchy of “cool” and his not-so-secret yearning for approval by whatever Olympian culture committee he imagines designates such things. He claims that he and his conservative friends are so rebellious and so cool they’re beyond needing acceptance, but the transparency of this pose becomes clear in the chapters devoted to the subject, which are also the book’s most personal. “The longer I live,” he huffs, “the more I’m convinced the world is just one big high school, with the cool kids always targeting the uncool.” There is no more sullen or bitter kid at Tolerati High than Greg Gutfeld, who writes: “The entertainment industry hates the uncool (read: the right) so much that if a maniacal leader arose from the left to announce he would send the uncool to ‘how to be cool’ camps, no one in a band would raise an objection.”

In an attempt to show the injustice and backwardness of the liberal-dominated cool hierarchy, Gutfeld namedrops right-wing musicians like Moe Tucker of the Velvet Underground and Billy Zoom of X. These guys are really cool – they understand “it’s more daring to be traditional than subvert tradition.” In any case, Gutfeld runs out of right-wing musician names fast, and soon resorts to talking about the time he had beers with Johnny Rotten and was happily surprised to learn that while Rotten loves Obama, he hates hippies, just like Gutfeld does. Punks don’t like hippies – who knew?

The biggest reveal in Gutfeld’s ruminations on cool is a fawning section on his friend and Vice magazine co-founder, Gavin McInnes. Gutfeld is very impressed by McInnes’ hipster credentials in music, fashion, and publishing. But what really impresses Gutfeld is the way McInnes refuses to bow before the tolerati. Around the time people began seeing McInnes as part of a long tradition of punk/hipster racism, he sold his stake in Vice and was basically never heard from again. These days he blogs at Taki’s Magazine alongside tolerati casualties Pat Buchanan and John Derbyshire. (Ever wondered where those two ended up?) Taki’scontributor’s list also includes McIness’ friend Jim Goad, who surprisingly does not appear in The Joy of Hate. In a popular post at Taki’s, Goad recently listed ten reasons not to assassinate Barack Obama, among them number five: “Legions of unkempt, ill-mannered, malodorous, blue-gummed, and yellow-eyed ‘urban’ ‘people’ would likely burn cities to the ground from coast to coast.”

Everything in The Joy of Hate suggests that Gutfeld would love to free his inner jerk like this. But don’t expect him to sit down at Taki’s cool-conservative-kid table anytime soon. The Taki’s roster is a warning to those who want to keep their well-paid perches in major media. However much Gutfeld may chafe against the invisible strictures he says are placed around his commentary (and America’s soul) he is an unlikely candidate for media martyrdom before his next contract negotiation. Behind all of Gutfeld’s jokes about his intellectual laziness and not caring what anyone thinks is a professional savvy that understands there’s no money in fully bearing your inner jerk on national television, even at Red Eye‘s time slot of 3 a.m. “Is making money bad?” he asks toward the end of the book while setting match to an unrecognizable straw man version of the Occupy protests. No, he concludes, it is not bad, and also a money system is better than a barter system. Gutfeld then gets back to his biting analysis of the debate between a corporation and its critics. “One makes money. The other makes noise,” he writes. “So yeah, they are the same – except one really sucks.”

Gutfeld is almost certainly right that he will never be a cool icon of popular culture. But it isn’t because he’s conservative. It’s because he’s a jerk.

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  • 1. Henny Youngmam  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Remember when Jews used to be intelligent, humanistic, funny, and rational? Then came the two I’s: Israel and the Internet. Take these Yids—please!

  • 2. Doug  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Oh, has Exile forgotten me already? I work for Taki, the pink girl in the tiara who hates Jews and blacks cuz they’re so radical and not-politically correct. Rawq on dude!

  • 3. Anarchy Pony  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    God, what a fucking tool. Up against the wall!

  • 4. Zhu Bajie  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    “Gutfeld considered the late Andrew Breitbart a close friend and inspiration”

    So there’s a cocaine OD in his future?

  • 5. Santa Dog  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Nice one!

  • 6. Borneo Jimmy  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    “Jim Goad, who surprisingly does not appear in The Joy of Hate.”

    I think the whole thing where Goad beat his girlfriend to a bloody pulp and then bragged about it is the reason why Gutfield didn’t want to mention him.

  • 7. Kyle  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Gutfeld is like Rush Limbaugh — a professional asshole. His role is to act like an asshole, providing a vicarious outlet for the millions of sad, powerless little right-wingers who wish they could unleash their inner asshole and get away with it.

  • 8. Fischbyne  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Remember when a pre-Randroid libertarian like H.L. Mencken actually had an intellect and a sense of humor? Mencken could laugh at socialists, Klansmen and, yes, even Babbitts in the same paragraph. There was no underlying sense of victimization, as with Gutfeld. True libertarian that Mencken was, he thought people got what they deserved in politics. But since libertarianism was taken over by Rand and the Russian severity of her repurposed Soviet-style propaganda, libertarians cannot draw pleasure from anything. Babbitts, you see, are now suffering heroes.

    Watch them on Red Eye. Their laughter is mirthless. Any smiles you see seem no more than their sense of relief that airtime is being filled within the narrow formula. “Ha, ha, ha, yeah. That’s it.” See the worry in their eyes when a guest strays. Mencken? He actually used to laugh out loud while he was writing.

  • 9. charliebucket  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    The Tucker Maxification of all aspects of America will be complete within the decade. What a sewer this place is.

  • 10. Ozinator  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Though Mencken was a gay lover of John Wayne, he was able to reconcile his core liberalism with his conservatism and write neat things while being buggered by Bourbon Breath,

  • 11. gc  |  December 3rd, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Beautiful article.

    Might have wanted to rephrase this:

    “…the transparency of this pose becomes clear…”

  • 12. witherspoon  |  December 4th, 2012 at 2:22 am

    As I waded through this review I found myself thinking that Gutfelds sounds like Jim Goad lite, so no surprises that he’s a Goad fan. The irony tho’ Gutfelds would love to have Goads infamy, and would love to voice the same hip-fascism- Goad can’t get over that he never got the career the Gutfeld has had, and the same money. Guess old Jimbo- can nurse his bitterness with the feeling he kept it real- Exotic was better than Maxim anyway the girls had no clothes on (even they looked very bored and stoned).

  • 13. jonnym  |  December 4th, 2012 at 5:47 am

    “It’s also pretty close to the place Gutfeld’s youth appeal faulters.”

    Quick heads-up: No “u” in falters. Otherwise, good article.

  • 14. stinky  |  December 4th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Mencken a libertarian? Bullshit.

  • 15. Gene Hoglan  |  December 4th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I’ve always found Gutfeld’s cro-magnon face interesting. Far more than whatever nonsense he’s currently bleating to his audience of seven perpetual virgin libertarian engineering and poli-sci majors still up watching Fox News on a school night hoping to catch a view of some leg from the parade of models Roger Ailes smartly puts on tv. He’s truly the unfrozen caveman.

  • 16. Epsilon  |  December 5th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Damn, that dude has “I’m a shill for anybody that pays” written on the forehead.

  • 17. jyp  |  December 5th, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Ah, it’s the comments around here that give me a little hope that there’s still a few intelligent people left in the wasteland that is post-coup Amerika. Come for the articles, stay for the comments.

  • 18. McGuirk  |  December 5th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve seen his Red Eye show twice. It is like an unfunny Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.

  • 19. Generalfeldmarschall von Hindenburg  |  December 5th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I think Mencken was just a total misanthrope. I was startled to learn he was Doin’ it With the Duke! Brings new meaning to that old line from “Repo Man” — “John Wayne was a fag..”

  • 20. Fischbyne  |  December 5th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    @13: Yep.

  • 21. CORBNHOLIUO  |  December 5th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    YEAYHEAYEHAGYEHAEHHYAE FWHNA WHBEWABHJRBHJADHJRWEJH JHOOOOLIAN SANCHEZ DICKHEAD HEHEHEHEH FUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK YOU JULES WHO WAS NOT BORN OUT OF HIS MOTHER’S VAGINA BUT ON THE OTHER HAND OUT OF HERHER ASSHOLE HEUEUHEUHEUHEUHEUOEHUHNJM ,.

  • 22. Zhu Bajie  |  December 6th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    In general, pundits are the most ignorant, narrow-minded, narrow-experienced, people available. Does Gutfeld press that envelope? Which way?

  • 23. Mikey Armstrong  |  December 6th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for writing this. The only time I’ve seen Red Eye is when Andrew Breitbart died and they dedicated a show to him. All of the right wing’s most prominent new media types were there showing how corny and out touch they are.

  • 24. Dennis Miller  |  December 7th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    So this Zionist “Libertarian” who appears on an “unbiased” Republican talking-points television Pravda of the Mind show writes a book whining about people who whine? And people actually pay to read this hokum taht some ghostwriter farted out? And he didn’t invite me to help him make it more intelligent with my own fart noises and my own paranoia and my own sadism and greed? What a fucking whore this gutless Gutfeld is. I want to shit in his mouth just like I did to Bill O’Reilly’s priest (who enjoyed it).

  • 25. mr. brojangles  |  December 8th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Talk about kick-ass Jews who get to exposing the core of the universal sucky ass nature of man-made horseshit and do so in a most wordsmithy manner: Yes, it can be done better than that snotty fascist H. L. fuckin Mencken.

  • 26. Ozinator  |  December 8th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I installed two-way mirrors in his pad in Brentwood, and he came to the door in a dress.

  • 27. Rex  |  December 8th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    I bet this guy’s shitting his pants at the thought of you doing a Glenn Beck-style book on him.

    But really, isn’t he small fry? I’d rather see one on the twin king assholes of Fox, Billo and Sean.

  • 28. super390  |  December 8th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    So then, a P.J. O’Rourke without even enough balls to risk his life on a drunken high-speed drive into Mexico?

    Sad.

  • 29. Maggie  |  December 10th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Goddamn that guy has a smug face.

  • 30. Kyeshinka  |  December 11th, 2012 at 6:45 am

    He doesn’t know shit but he’s on TV. Kind of like Kim Kardashian without the tits.

  • 31. Gilbert Gottfried  |  December 11th, 2012 at 9:51 am

    He looks like me, only I’m intentionally funny while this bitter little neo-fascist Zionist tool just sucks pig’s ass and Limbaugh’s 2 inches. Quack!

  • 32. el peligroso  |  December 11th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    he kinda reminds me of the cop on breaking bad. except the guy in breaking bad is much smarter.

  • 33. OMG Hoss!!!  |  December 12th, 2012 at 12:19 am

    EAT SHIT SANTA DOG!!!

  • 34. The Gubbler  |  December 12th, 2012 at 2:19 am

    Nice one OMG Hoss!!!

  • 35. OMG Hoss  |  December 12th, 2012 at 2:23 am

    EAT SHIT SANTA DOG!!! and also go to hell you asshole!!!

  • 36. The Gubbler  |  December 12th, 2012 at 2:26 am

    OMG Hoss!!!

  • 37. OMG Hoss  |  December 12th, 2012 at 2:28 am

    F-you Santa Dog, you have no presence anywhere asshole.

  • 38. OMG Hoss  |  December 12th, 2012 at 2:34 am

    I take that back, your presence is the presence of a smelly piece of shit!!!

    You give the Residents a bad name.

    Unlike Dolan, Dolan can actually be kind of passable at times as a reasonable compromising person.

  • 39. OMG Hoss  |  December 12th, 2012 at 2:39 am

    We need to cut through the paralyzing polarization and find more folks like Dolan.

  • 40. OMG Hoss  |  December 12th, 2012 at 4:13 am

    “OMG Hoss”… doesn’t exactly grow on trees if you know what I mean.

    Choose graditude.

    Don’t be impulsive, watch Moyers & Co.’s upcoming episode first.

    By the way, whenever I see Chrysttia Freeland, I always imagine her on an “I’m Lovin’ It” billboard. Is it just me almighty exalted, or am I some kind of pervert???

  • 41. DtD  |  December 12th, 2012 at 4:13 am

    So for those of you who don’t know yet:
    Exiledonline is pretty much dead, or at least in zombie mode, shambling along.. . Most of the content from the exile writers is now at NSFWcorp.com, and if you don’t fuckin have 3 bucks a month to spend on it after all of the years of free content over here then you are a massive douchebag.
    There even got new War Nerd over there, so sign the fuck up!

  • 42. The Gubbler  |  December 12th, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I love you OMG HOSS… Ravi Shankar

    This is a time when every one needs to come together for a god damned change.

    Ravi Shankar Raga Mian Ki Malhar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnNLBspJelQ

  • 43. The Gubbler  |  December 12th, 2012 at 5:45 am

    FUCK YOU SANTA DOG!!!

  • 44. The Gubbler  |  December 12th, 2012 at 7:06 am

    The asshole who calls himself “Santa Dog” is an impostor.

    OMG Hoss!!! You are an asshole and an impostor.

    Eat shit and die!!!

  • 45. Steven Crowder  |  December 12th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Greg? He popped my Christian anal cherry. I got to lick off my own Jesus-blessed shit from his circumcised cock. I would have blogged it on Fox’s website, but my beard would have been pissed. (She really lost her cherry to a Great Dane—think I’d fuck a Jezebel?)

  • 46. swansong  |  December 13th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Gutfeld says…”a money system is better than a barter system.”

    There is no doubt he would think so since he has absolutely nothing of value to society to trade.

  • 47. Tierbess  |  December 13th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Gutfeld: less endearing than O’Reilly and more repulsive than Tucker Carlson. The GOP/conservative circle jerk continues to blab itself into bigotry and oblivion. Huzzah!

  • 48. worldfederationist  |  December 14th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    hey I know this is the wrong place but I want to order some of mark ames books for christmas you guys should have a link to his and other exilers books because I want as much money going to ames and co not amazaon or toher sellers

  • 49. Ddd  |  December 14th, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    That picture at the top makes it look like he’s struggling to take a dump.

  • 50. Rockstar  |  December 15th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    it`s too bad this site is being neglected as of late. It ain`t like I came here for the comments section, although then again, without a comments section, how will the AEC hone His comment improving skills? And where will the people be able to witness such deeds? Meanwhile over on NSFWcorp all I get for amusement is illustrations which sometimes, but not always, feature people with hideous noses. (And articles too I guess)

  • 51. Snipes  |  December 15th, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Ames seems to be recreating the exile at NSFWcorp. He hinted that SHAME would be brought into that site as well. All they’ll have left to take is Jones (Dolan), Zaitchik (Dolan) and Glasov (Dolan). I guess at that point we shouldn’t stop giving the exiled because it has given us so much we can’t ever expect to fully repay our gratitude.

  • 52. Mr. A  |  December 16th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    @Snipes

    Yeah, especially the invention by Dolan of cover character “Zaitchik” was, I think, an impressive move – wise from the damage when a former string of aliases, like “Johnny Chen”, “Denis Salnikov” and “Hanna Katz” were all demasked, Dolan decided not to make again the mistake that blew “Gary Brecher” ‘s cover – having only one picture, recycled again and again. On the contrary, “Zaitchik”, being a much more ambitious piece of desinformatzija, comes complete with some airhead guy/patsy who poses for photographs and even makes filmed interviews for TV.

    Now, allow me to insert my creepy homophobia joke here, cuz you know, when I’m homophobic like this, it totally means that I’m totally heterosexual and not worried about my sexuality notalick!

  • 53. OMG Hoss  |  December 17th, 2012 at 2:31 am

    @52

    OMG Hoss!!!

    It is really creepy when people write “cuz”.

    It freaks me the fuck out.

    OMG HOSS!!!

    You’re not my cuz!!!

  • 54. OMG Hoss  |  December 17th, 2012 at 3:08 am

    @ 52

    My advice to you….

    Try not to look at the world through such a homocentric lens. You may think are not, but believe me, it is obvious that you are.

    In this crazy, complicated world we live in, all things intersect and the person you thought was a creepy homophobe today, may in time turn out to be your most potent ally tomorrow.

    Something to grow on.

    OMG Hoss!!!

    Beat Happening – Fortune Cookie Prize

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIig75RDwv4

  • 55. OMG Hoss  |  December 17th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    @ 52

    No my friend, it is you looking at the world through a homocentric lens, not I.

    OMG Hoss!!!

  • 56. Mr. A.  |  December 18th, 2012 at 11:01 am

    In Dublin city where I did dwell
    A butcher boy I loved right well
    He courted me my life away
    But now with me he will not stay

    I wish, I wish, but I wish in vain
    I wish I was a maid again
    A maid again I ne’er will be
    ‘Til cherries grow on an ivy tree

  • 57. Fischbyne  |  December 19th, 2012 at 7:55 am

    How to make money while maintaining hits? It’s a question that vexes even Rupert Murdoch. Somehow, all the money seems to go to Google, which generates no content other than videos of guests who speak at their campus and their ethereal homepage illustrations. But with such a loyal following, why doesn’t Exiled try implementing their own subscription pricing like NSFW? Rather than abandon ship?

  • 58. The Gubbler  |  December 22nd, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    @ 56

    Cold Blows The Wind by someone perfomed by Ween

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh3_SFVYAAw

  • 59. OMG Hoss  |  December 22nd, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    @ 56

    Looks like The Gubbler wins again.

    OMG Hoss!!!

  • 60. OMG Hoss  |  December 22nd, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    OMG Hoss!! What happened to The Gubbler’s comment. This is upsetting!!!

  • 61. OMG Hoss  |  December 22nd, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I am NOT The Gubbler. I wish I was The Gubbler!!!

    OMG Hoss!!!

  • 62. jimmy james  |  December 24th, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Somebody wanna turn out the lights here? Or redirect to your twitter or NSFW?

    Glug glug glug…

  • 63. nampa1  |  December 26th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    so this is how great hibernate die
    exile has a huge following. and now exiled. many of the facets of exile have been improved, ie the AEC, and what remains are a bunch of whiney anon-trolls shitting on social justice, granted a good measure of.

  • 64. Jimmy  |  January 4th, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Y’all just giving up on this website then? No new content in a month. No new SHAME pieces since October. Why subscribe any more? See you at NSFW. Except for AEC, who will presumably be put down.

  • 65. That Guy!  |  January 22nd, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

  • 66. jake  |  March 15th, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Absolutely spot on post here—-especially concerning the fucking hack extraordinaire McInnes. Simply read this and compare with any of his moronic diatribes at Takimag—no comparison.

  • 67. Yuriy  |  May 10th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Luckily, I know English so well that I can read in the original Greg. After 50 years, our children will talk about Obama, “This is a small social clown Greg Gatfild time.”


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