It’s been only a few weeks since Media Matters Senior Fellow Eric Boehlert enacted a mutual detente with arch frenemy Andrew Breitbart, but Boehlert hasn’t shied away from making new foes, the loudest of which is Fox News’ Red Eye host (and future Muslim gay bar proprietor) Greg Gutfeld. After allegedly tweeting “EPIC FAIL” at him, Gutfeld dedicated a special Greg-a-logue (and Robot Theater!) to his new rival.
Gutfeld’s special comment didn’t only attack Boehlert, though he did take the hardest punches. It also took on the New Hampshire politicos wishing for Sarah Palin’s death online for the same thing: using social networking sites like political soapboxes. Two notes on that point: (a) ranting about adults talking like children on social networking sites and mentioning Sarah Palin without pointing out that she may be the absolutely worst offender? and (b) there is an argument to be made that, if you’re on Twitter anyway, there’s nothing wrong with using internet speak. There is no hard and fast rule for political discourse on Twitter or Facebook, and plenty of strong arguments to be made for not holding what is said on such platforms to the same standard as what one is paid to write in a publication.
That said, it’s all quite hilarious:
Where did all the grown men go? Seriously, why the hell are adult males writing like catty preteens on Facebook? Have we turned into a nation of 12 year old girls, pining for the Jonas Brothers, planning sleepovers and fighting over padded bras?… It’s not just Facebook. Seriously, how can a grown man feel compelled to write “EPIC FAIL” on a tweet? Yeah, I’m talking to you Eric Boehlert of Media Matters. You’ve gone gray: time to stop braiding the hair of your Barbie Doll.