I was up rather late last week, cruising around Huff Post when I read an article (is that what they call them? A post, I guess) about Christopher Hitchens being beaten up by in Beirut, by some pro-Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party thugs. I am a big fan of Hitchens but the reason I became alarmed was because the piece mentioned that he'd been walking on Hamra Street with "Conservative blogger" Michael Totten, who is a very good friend. I instantly emailed Micheal, asking, "Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I just woke up in Beirut," came the answer. "What's up?"
I led him to the Huff Post, which he read, and wrote back, "I'll tell you the real story when I get home."
He posted it today. Read it.
I'd like to add here that I am becoming increasingly disgusted with the Huff Post and its like, which, aside from the often grotesque spelling and grammar, seems to get, in its haste to be first, just so very much wrong, starting with the fact that Michael is not a conservative blogger. The debate about the end of reporting will go on and on, but as one who does it for a living, who gets on the ground and meets the people, as Michael does; who takes some care to get things right because I have a responsibility to the people with whom I've spoken, I am having less and less patience for the undercooked, who-gives-a-frack posts I see passing for news.