159420122601lzzzzzzz.jpgIt’s marvelous what qualifies as “editing” over at the neocon ComPost these days. A hit piece shows up on Al Gore’s new book from Weekly Standard editor Andrew Ferguson and everybody shouts “booyah” and takes the day off?Ferguson writes:

You can’t really blame Al Gore for not using footnotes in his new book, “The Assault on Reason.” It’s a sprawling, untidy blast of indignation, and annotating it with footnotes would be like trying to slip rubber bands around a puddle of quicksilver.
Still, I’d love to know where he found the scary quote from Abraham Lincoln that he uses on page 88.

As Tom Schaller points out, the Lincoln quotation is indeed cited in the 20 pages of endnotes, a not-so-modern convention that anyone with any business reviewing a book would be familiar with.

Schaller:

Makes one wonder what the criterion is to make “senior editor” over at the Standard, eh? If all of this is not galling and ironic enough for you, the Post’s choice for title of the op-ed is … wait for it … “Fact Check.”

Somerby:

Just how stupid are the people who have control of your public discourse? Deftly displaying his masterful wit, Ferguson penned the following passage—and Outlook editor John Pomfret waved it into print:

FERGUSON: If you’re familiar with Lincoln’s distinctive way of expressing himself, you’ll hear the false notes the passage strikes…Indeed, these words don’t show up anywhere else in “The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln” (which, thanks to Gore’s Internet, are now searchable at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/l/lincoln/

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Al Gore said he invented the Internet! Truly, you can’t get dumber than these dumb mother-f*ckers are. But this sad, inept plutocratic elite is fully in charge of your national discourse. You will live in a deeply stupid world until their hold is dislodged.

Sounds like Ferguson just didn’t get all the way to the end of the book. Wave that banner of journalistic integrity proudly, Washington Post. The fine standards you established with the hiring of Box Turtle Ben live on.