Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Speaking of going post-al

Tim Page, the music critic at the Post, vented some wrath recently.

Page received an email press release from DC council member Marion Berry's press aide about a community hospital (Let's all remember Tim Page is the music critic).

Page went post-al, much like Chris Anderson did recently.
He fired off a response that was rude as hell...and also true.

"Must we hear about it every time this crack addict attempts to rehabilitate himself with some new -- and typically half-witted -- political grandstanding? I'd be grateful if you would take me off your mailing list. I cannot think of anything the useless Marion Barry could do that would interest me in the slightest, up to and including overdose."

The WaPo story is here.

Now Tim Page is in trouble with the management at work. Why? Cause the guy who sent the spam publicized the intemperate response.


Chris Eldin said...

Berry wants Page fired?!

There wasn't anything racist in this email. It was inflammatory, but not racist.

D.C. is a mess, but you don't need to live inside the beltway to know that. I feel sorry for Page now. He's going to have this unnecessary stress added to his life. Hopefully it will blow over quickly. There's really not much of a story, after all...

Bill Cameron said...

Page became my new favorite music critic, then he apologized and now I'm not interested in him anymore.

Jerri said...

We've all done it, but saying something on e-mail that you don't want repeated or displayed is just plain nuts these days. Especially if your job puts you in the public eye.

When you're angy, the "send" button is not your friend. Really, it's not.

Sean Ferrell said...

Makes me wonder if I should have sent that inflammatory e-mail to all those editors. Luckily, I signed your name, Janet.

Robin S. said...

I think Page has a right to his opinion, and I think the pc bullshit surrounding this is a sad indictment of how far we've come (down).

Heidi Willis said...

Having lived most of my life in the media reach of Marion Barry, I completely understand the frustration! There is a limit to quiet teeth-grinding even professionals should be required to have! At some point, it's going to blow.

That said...I agree that anything you don't want publicly seen should not be sent by email... or on paper at all. Paper trails are baaaaad!

Perhaps we should go back to writing with lemon juice and decoding with a light bulb?

Mags said...

"Barry said yesterday that Page 'ought to be fired... a signal to the whole world that The Washington Post won't tolerate this kind of lowlife activity.'"

But he could just go away for a little while, campaign to get his old job back, and win, right?

Spam, spam, spam, spam and crack!

Lorra said...

PC bullshit indeed! That's why I Love "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Larry David's character tells it like it is with hilarious (albeit cringe-inducing, at times) results.

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Me: Bill, why do you have all those stamps stuck to you? You plan on mailing yourself somewhere?

Bill E. Goat: NO! Im going postal!

Me: Postal? I don't ... Oh, you mean to the post office!

Bill: No, NO, NOOO! I'm going postal. I'm trying to mail a query to that Janet Reid, and every time I lick a stamp it gets stuck to me!

Me: Bill, you don't lick stamps anymore. You peel them off their backing. They're self stick these days.

Bill: Huh? You mean I've wasted good goat spit for nothing?

Me: Goat spit is good? I didn't ...

Bill: Of course it's good. Everything goat is good.

Me: I don't think that goat ... Umm where exactly did you get those stamps anyway? Say, you weren't in my desk again were you ... Dang it, Bill, you come back here this minute!

Tena Russ said...

Write once; edit twice.

Chris Eldin said...

I saw your announcement on EE's blog, Sha'el. Congratulations!

But, still not getting the thing about goats. It's funny, but curious...

Sha'el, Princess of Pixies said...

Dear Church Lady,

There is a real live Bill E. Goat ... He has a unique personality. I just put his personality into words.

In my mind, he's a frustrated writer. Bill E. Goat,the internet character, came to life on Miss Snark's blog waaaay back when.

In my opinion, holding a baby goat does more than a whole bottle of anti-depressants. Bill E. Goat simply never grew up, but he did learn to talk.