I hope no one is offended by the word “asshat.” Because what I really mean is “fucking moron.” Anyway, a Perez Hilton lookalike who is lashing out at my husband’s awesome new project is an asshat on several levels. Besides the obvious foolishness of his belief that only rabid right-wingers can cover the news fairly, he has gotten the name of the venture wrong. It is, officially, two words: “Pro Publica.” Not “ProPublica.” Fact-checking: It’s easy and fun! Try it! (UPDATED IN JUNE 2008: Originally, it was “Pro Publica” — certainly on all the documents I saw — but ultimately they went with “ProPublica.”)
But it’s the lack of reading comprehension that really annoys me. Perez II, as I shall call him, says:
If Perez II clicked on his own link and jump-started his brain, he would see that quote is about the sale of Dow Jones to News Corp. Here’s my husband’s quote in the original context:
“His departure will occur just after the expected completion of a takeover of parent company Dow Jones and Co. by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. ‘My sense is that people are very optimistic,’ he said of the Journal atmosphere as the sale nears completion. ‘Just in conversations with people, high and low in the halls, I get the notion that folks are optimistic.'”
Of course, I’m giving Perez II the benefit of the doubt by assuming that he has limited comprehension skills. He could be deliberately twisting the words. And this guy is worried about my husband’s accuracy? By the way, my apologies to the real Perez. He’s much more gorgeous than his namesake!
Yes, I know I should ignore asshats, but as regular readers know, I cannot ignore mistakes! If anyone says incorrect things about my family, my queens or my lovely fashion-blogging friends, I will go 14th century on a bitch’s ass! I am WendyB, the She-Wolf of Fine Jewelry!