Today’s top headlines at Memeorandum:
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:How Alt-Right “Fellow-Traveller” Milo Yiannopoulos Cracked Up the Right — Editor’s note: on Tuesday afternoon, Milo Yiannopoulos resigned as an editor at Breitbart News. — On Monday afternoon, shortly before he learned that he had been disinvited from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference …RELATED:David Weigel / Washington Post:
Trump’s America will be on vivid display at annual conservative gatheringSophie Gilbert / The Atlantic:
Simon & Schuster’s Completely Avoidable Milo Yiannopoulos DisasterNick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
CPAC Organizer Tries To Pawn Off Milo Yiannopoulos as “Libertarian”Discussion: Mediaite
I’ve stayed away from the Milo controversies, and while I admire his physical courage (I also admire Ben Shapiro’s) showing up to face hostile, now violent crowds, I always keep in mind that Milo is a. a performance artist, and b. a polemicist.
Bill Whittle, Stephen Green and Scott Ott come the closest to my opinion on the whole “Milo at CPAC” controversy:
1. Milo got in the headlines
2. CPAC’s in the headlines a few days before it opens.
I invite you to watch:
Whittle, Green and Ott also mention another polemicist, Ann Coulter, who is a favorite of the CPAC crowd.
I remember 10 years ago when Moe Lane and I were in the old Blogger Beastly Basement section listening to the live feed of Coulter’s speech when she called then-presidential candidate John Edwards a faggot. It takes a lot to leave Moe and I speechless even momentarily, but James Joyner was listening too, and slapped us on the back, saying, “Did you guys hear that?”, thence eliciting a downpour of conversation from us.
The bloggers sent an open letter to CPAC (which was promptly ignored), Coulter sold a gazillion books, and Edwards impregnated his mistress while his wife was dying of cancer, thereby proving Coulter wrong.
It’s all about the headlines, folks.
Keep that in mind.
I’m not going to CPAC this year thanks to my new $18,000/yr Obamacare premiums, deductible and out-of-pocket. I’ll miss most of all visiting with fellow bloggers.
I hear that the blogger area is nice, and not a throwback to the Bloggers Beastly Basement of olden days, which was an area partitioned off the indoor garage with area heaters – 0 – cell phone reception. Since Pete is going, please contribute to Da Tip Jar to support his reporting.
Fausta Rodríguez Wertz posts on U.S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.