January 6, 2005

James Taranto, Idiotarian Maker

The Taranto Effect at LGF

JAMES TARANTO writes the excellent Best of the Web Today @ OpinionJournal. Although influential, Taranto seldom abuses his power or raises a personal kerfuffle. But today, the raw power of a Taranto ideological tarantella was on naked display as he thrust Cindy Sheehan from a distant third to the top spot at Little Green Footballs Annual Idiotarian Award.

Today Taranto posted the following item at BOTW at 3:40 p.m. EST:

Support Cindy Sheehan!

Blogger Charles Johnson is taking a vote for his annual Idiotarian of the Year award. The finalists are Venezuelan demagogue Hugo Chavez, fascist fishwife Cindy Sheehan and leftish fishwrap the New York Times. At this writing the Times is in the lead with around 39%, Chavez is second with 34%, and Sheehan is bringing up the rear with just 27%.

It's gotta be Cindy! Chavez and the Times may be idiotarians, but their motives are impure: Chavez wants to hold on to power, while the Times aims to make a profit. Sheehan is an idiotarian for idiotarianism's own sake; she says the things she says simply because she loves to hate. So click on the link atop this item and vote for Cindy Sheehan now.

I read my master's instructions at 10:15 EST and hastened to do his bidding. It seems I was not the only one. By that time the bleating Cindy had soared past here rivals and shows no signs of slacking off. She's now at 45.3% of the vote with Chavez at 26.6%, and the Times fading to second with only 28.1%.

Taranto is obviously in the wrong line of work. If he can do something like this for Cindy, imagine what he could do for Hillary.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 6, 2005 7:21 PM
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I voted for the NYTimes, because Cindy's 15 min. have been over for some time, Chavez is just reaching prominence as an idiotarian and belongs to 2006, but the NYTimes is has much greater reach than Cindy or Hugo. The Times multiplies the effect of Cindy or Hugo.

Posted by: Yehudit at January 6, 2006 8:56 PM

I understand that sentiment completely. But since the Times wins its own Idiotarian award on a thrice weekly basis without breaking a sweat, why bother?

Posted by: Vanderleun at January 6, 2006 9:54 PM

~shrugs sheepishly~ I took my orders from Malkin :)

Posted by: Axe at January 8, 2006 4:51 PM