We read Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee's memoir, A Good Life, when it came out a decade ago, and we remember realizing that — along with being a well-told, compelling, and inspiring story — it was also clearly the first opportunity for the lifelong newspaperman to finally unleash the adjectives he'd spent so long suppressing. After all that dry and measured newspaper writing, Bradlee was finally permitted to characterize and editorialize, and he reveled in the freedom, letting almost no noun go unadjectived. This was epitomized in a comment on the origin of the nickname Deep Throat — it was, Bradlee explained, a tribute to "the title of the year's most successful pornographic movie, starring the awesome sodomist Linda Lovelace."
All of which is a roundabout way of getting to the impressive blowjobs performed in a press release issued today by Slate. It notes that the "award-winning" website has hired "one of the best-known technology writers in the world," who earlier in his career took part in "a watershed for online journalism" that was later turned into a "major motion picture." The move is, apparently, Slate's second recent "high-profile" hire.
We know; we're being petty. But somehow, idly insipid flackery is so much more offensive when it's on behalf of journalists — like the world-famous Adam Penenberg — and publications — like the award-winning Slate — that you actually rather admire.