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Mark Levin says we're "morons" and "illiterate in English" because we've quoted the NYT.

Looking through our referral logs I see that we’re getting a few hits from Mark Levin’s website. I couldn’t find any links from the home page but a Google search revealed an amusing posting from last June titled, “Another moron — “Outside the Beltway” — who is apparently illiterate in English…

The post in its entirety:

I never said Trump should fire Mueller. I said Mueller must step aside. The moron even quotes me, but still insists I said fire rather then step aside. There’s a difference, which is apparently too complicated for this guy.

The link leads to a post from Doug Mataconis whose only mention of Mark Levin is in a blockquote from a linked New York Times story. Doug doesn’t mention Levin at all in his analysis.

I’ll leave it to the reader to judge for himself who is the moron, illiterate, or for whom things are too complicated.

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Comments

  1. mattb says:

    LOL, someone must have a google alert set up on his name.

    I also think your should probably consider yourself lucky that the comment section was closed on that page. Given Levin’s audience, I can only imagine what might have been.

    BTW James, in case you didn’t know, “Quick Takes” don’t seem to appear on the mobile homepage. Either that or they are WAY down on it (and I was scrolling for a while).

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  2. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    Levin happens to be on the radio when I come home from teaching, so I listen to him occasionally. My record is 3 minutes before I change the station. In addition to being simplistic, illiterate, and moronic, I would be inclined to add dishonest.

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  3. James Joyner says:

    @mattb:

    BTW James, in case you didn’t know, “Quick Takes” don’t seem to appear on the mobile homepage.

    Yes. Jason decided that the simplest way to deal with them on small screens was just to skip them altogether. I’ve got a ticket in to see if we can’t instead use the “blog” feed and simply treat them as normal posts on mobile.

  4. mattb says:

    @James Joyner:

    I’ve got a ticket in to see if we can’t instead use the “blog” feed and simply treat them as normal posts on mobile.

    From a UX perspective, I think that’s your best option. I totally get why they are sequestered on desktop, but at the end of the day they are simply a different form of posts.

    Congratz again on the relaunch. It’s such a HUGE improvement!

  5. Franklin says:

    Levin mistakes the blockquote from NYTimes (which does in fact say he calls for the firing before giving the accurate quote) for Doug’s analysis. Simple mistake, but one that you don’t want to make before going off on a tirade.

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  6. James Joyner says:

    @Franklin: Indeed. And, frankly, if you’ve got a Google Alert or other tracking of your media mentions, how could you miss the one from the New York Times?

  7. Just 'nutha ig'nint cracker says:

    It comes back to dishonesty. In MarkLevinistan, words mean what the ruler declares them to mean. Just like the Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

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  8. I’ll leave it to the reader to judge for himself who is the moron, illiterate, or for whom things are too complicated.

    I am pretty sure I figured it out.

  9. rachel says:

    @Just ‘nutha ig’nint cracker: How about ‘hateful’? Would you add that too?

    @Franklin: One should try to avoid looking like Emily Litella when one is speaking as a ‘pundit’.

  10. teve tory says:

    I want to Echo Matt’s comments and say congratulations on the refresh of the website. It’s a great Improvement, and I thank you guys a lot for running and maintaining this blog, please keep it up.