Thursday, October 25, 2007

New verb: "Calvinize" 
Calvanize. v. to unite people of every stripe by your arrogance and stupidity.

Credit goes to "Mama73," a commenter at Don Surber's fine establishment.

Best new sniglet I've seen in a long time.

Yeah, Calvin made an ass of himself. But he seems to have seen the error of his ways, which puts him well ahead of Franklin Foer. And me, as well. (I don't know what I'm wrong about yet, but I'm sure I'll find out eventually, and like everyone, can use all the forgiveness I can get.)

Maybe McClatchy needs to pull this guy out. He's probably rendered himself useless over there for a while, and he's still risking his life. It's not worth seeing him killed for his crappy sourcing - which is only going to get worse now that he's alienated every English-speaker in the country.

So it's time for him to go back to reporting on high school baseball games in Sacramento.

I do want to give a shout out to Len Vaughn Lehman, though - a Knight Ridder man who covered the 1-124th in Ramadi in the summer of 2003, and a damn fine reporter who has my respect. Honestly, they're not all like that.

Ditto Christian Caryl, of Newsweek. Here's a pint to ya, wherever you are

Splash, out



Thanks for the link.

I've exchanged a good number of emails back and forth with Mr. Calvan and he does seem like a decent person, he just screwed up and then blogged about it.

He's reposted his blog, he copy/pasted his own post from the the version I saved and reposted it (he had deleted his entire blog, so he had to go to my page to recreate his own post) and he's re-opened comments, plus he made a new post admitting he now realized his behavior was asinine and apologizing, so he deserves credit for that.

However, LGF has posted questions about the veracity of his reporting in Iraq and Dan Riehl has some evidence that seems to indicate Mr. Calvan padded his resume at the SacBee, so he's not immune to all criticism from here on out just because he apologized for the post in question.

I have some follow-up posts about this stuff on my blog, plus an unsolicited email defending Calvan from a fellow reporter from the SacBee and some of Calvan's emails.
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