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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Sweet journo tears

Learn to code, baby. Just learn to code. The ride never ends.
Last Thursday, I received the news that the HuffPost Opinion section—where I’d been opining on a weekly basis for a few months—had been axed in its entirety. The same opinion column had had a home at The Village Voice for some 21 weeks before that entire publication shuttered as well. “This business sucks,” I tweeted, chagrined at the simple fact that I kept losing my column because of the cruel, ongoing shrinkage of independent journalism in the United States. Dozens of jobs were slashed at HuffPost that day, following a round of layoffs at Gannett Media; further jobs were about to be disappeared at BuzzFeed. It was a grim day for the media, and I just wanted to channel my tiny part of the prevailing gloom.

Then the responses started rolling in—some sympathy from fellow journalists and readers, then an irritating gush of near-identical responses: “Learn to code.” “Maybe learn to code?” “BETTER LEARN TO CODE THEN.” “Learn to code you useless bitch.” Alongside these tweets were others: “Stop writing fake news and crap.” “MAGA.” “Your opinions suck and no one wants to read them.” “Lmao journalists are evil wicked cretins. I wish you were all jail [sic] and afraid.”

I looked at the mentions of my editors, who had been laid off after years at HuffPost, and of other journalists who had lost their jobs. There they were, the swarm of commentators, with their same little carbuncular message: “Learn to code.”

On its own, telling a laid-off journalist to “learn to code” is a profoundly annoying bit of “advice,” a nugget of condescension and antipathy. It’s also a line many of us may have already heard from relatives who pretend to be well-meaning, and who question an idealistic, unstable, and impecunious career choice. But it was clear from the outset that this “advice” was larded through with real hostility—and the timing and ubiquity of the same phrase made me immediately suspect a brigade attack. My suspicions were confirmed when conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump Jr. joined the pile-on, revealing the ways in which right-wing hordes have harnessed social media to discredit and harass their opponents.

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140 Comments:

Blogger pyrrhus February 05, 2019 11:03 AM  

If journalists were intelligent enough to code, they probably wouldn't be journalists, and women can't code anyway.

Blogger Jim February 05, 2019 11:10 AM  

Time spent writing self pitying articles is time that could be better spent learning to code.

Blogger Jonathan February 05, 2019 11:10 AM  

"...revealing the ways in which right-wing hordes have harnessed social media to discredit and harass their opponents."


SJWs always project. I think I read that somewhere.

Blogger AvocadoBob February 05, 2019 11:10 AM  

And of course, no self-reflection, no realization, not acknowledgement that they are having their own hostile and apathetic words thrown back at them.

No, it’s all a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (TM) by evil racist fascist trolls who want to kill Democracy.

I’m not surprised.

Blogger veryfunnyminion February 05, 2019 11:11 AM  

Mmmmmm, sweet and salty journo tears.

This needs a mug or t-shirt, with learn to code on the back. Cryptofashion opportunity?

Blogger Unknown February 05, 2019 11:12 AM  

not sure how much good learning to code will do when most freelance coders have been replaced by full-time, imported, H1B slave labor, better advice might be to get registered as an on-call substitute teacher at your local school district, just need an undergrad degree and get fingerprinted

Blogger Zaklog the Great February 05, 2019 11:13 AM  

When the enemy of the people falls, what do the people gain? Freedom.

Of course, since they’ve been pushing for the displacement of high IQ Americans through H1-B visas, even if these journos did (could?) learn to code, it might not help them much. Sometimes the poison you spew blows back in your own face. Too bad, so sad.

Blogger Michael Maier February 05, 2019 11:14 AM  

That account of GG smacks of revisionist bullshite.

Blogger dienw February 05, 2019 11:14 AM  

Learn to code...identify as Indian. Dot, not feather.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 05, 2019 11:15 AM  

CODIEREN LERNEN

Blogger Barbarossa February 05, 2019 11:18 AM  

I had a look at our beleaguered out-of-work journalist's page on LinkedIn. Assuming this is the correct Talia Lavin, she's a 2012 graduate of Harvard University with a highly in-demand degree of Comparative Literature. That means she's super-smart and should have no trouble learning to code. Plus she's also an "extremism" researcher for Media Matters for America and a fact checker for the New Yorker.

I wonder if it ever occurs to Ms. Lavin that no one is really interested in the opinion of someone in her late 20s who has done nothing but "work" in journalism. As the saying goes, opinions are like a certain portion of the anatomy. Everyone has one, and they all stink.

Blogger Longtime Lurker February 05, 2019 11:18 AM  

Learn to Code.

And welcome back to the Middle Class.

Bitch.

Blogger Dr Caveman February 05, 2019 11:19 AM  

They were hurt to the bone by this so twatter is cracking down hard.

I got suspended within 15 minutes of posting a 'learn to code' tweet, for 'violating Twitter rules'

Blogger Lovekraft February 05, 2019 11:20 AM  

All they have to do to regain my trust is have a section dedicated to which stories are published and the political angle. Once I see, over a couple of months that they aren't partisan hacks, then I will engage them with the intent of moving the conversation forward.

Until then, I see them as turned out junkies whose fix is in danger of drying up. Before they were doing the bidding of their pimp, but now they are even more dangerous (I do cut the naive some slack. They are indoctrinated by Sorosian magic. But the more experienced are fully aware and should know better).

We want to see balance.

Blogger TommyConx February 05, 2019 11:20 AM  

This is Hilarious! I got put in twitter Timeout for tweeting #LearnToCode to BuzzFeed. The left is a bunch of whining pussies.

Blogger wreckage February 05, 2019 11:23 AM  

Why in all possible worlds would anyone, ever, expect to be paid to have opinions?
Not to provide professional opinion within, or from, their field... but just to have an opinion?
Don't learn to code. Learn to shovel. And then WORK like everyone else has to, you useless parasite.

Blogger pyrrhus February 05, 2019 11:24 AM  

We need a Learn to code Tee....

Blogger Sammi Hass February 05, 2019 11:24 AM  

Vue magazine also shut down in Canada before the holidays. What will the pervert Dan Savage do without syndication? I'm glad to see more and more degenerate "news" outfits shutting down.

Blogger Zaklog the Great February 05, 2019 11:25 AM  

@1 women can't code anyway.

B-b-but Ada Lovelace! But Hidden Figures! Didn’t you know NASA was driven by brilliant women mathematicians of color? Without them, those stinky old white men would never have accomplished anything!

Blogger Dr Caveman February 05, 2019 11:26 AM  

Btw Talia Lavin is the New Yorker 'fact checker' who got booted for falsely labeling an ICE agent/crippled veteran as a Nazi

And now shess crying because people are telling her to learn a decent trade..

Blogger Ray - SoCal February 05, 2019 11:29 AM  

No wonder she’s being let go, she works /researches on a subject of study, that has had a huge decline in numbers over the past 75 years.

She studies White Supremacists for a living per:
https://newrepublic.com/article/150999/memoir-disillusionment

Anonymous Anonymous February 05, 2019 11:30 AM  

"the ways in which right-wing hordes have harnessed social media to discredit and harass their opponents."

Glorious: projection, deceit, hypocrisy, and pathos, all in one sentence.

We are no horde, woman; we are an Ilk.

#LearnToDifferentiate
#LearnToDiscriminate
#LearnToDeCode

Just learn, (((bitch))).

Blogger Silly but True February 05, 2019 11:32 AM  

“Brigade Attack?” Can’t these damn independent journalists keep the proper terms straight: it was “amplifying” the beneficial recommendations to learn to code.

Blogger Frank Lee February 05, 2019 11:34 AM  

New Republic is still in business?

It's employees should start learning to code in their spare time.

Anonymous Anonymous February 05, 2019 11:35 AM  

@10 and @17

"Codieren Macht Frei" ???

Too soon?

Blogger Nikephoros II Phokas February 05, 2019 11:39 AM  

To give a little extra context, I'm a freelance writer and business has never been better. It's not like I'm writing white papers on rocket science either.

These layoffs are specifically a rejection of "journalists", "opinion leaders", and other parasites, which makes it even juicier.

Blogger Cloom February 05, 2019 11:39 AM  

Naked and Afraid. I am insatiably consuming those TV episodes. I would be entertained if they had a journalist season, instead of all stars.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 05, 2019 11:42 AM  

RM,

Never too soon. Never.

Blogger Mr Darcy February 05, 2019 11:47 AM  

The drivel that constitutes the original article gives a pretty clear insight into this gal's mental landscape. Like Elizabeth Warren, she's mentally and emotionally a school girl. The tone of the article is that of a school girl telling tattle on other kids or telling her mom that her meanie brother hit her and took her cracker jacks. I'm embarrassed FOR her.

Blogger FUBARwest February 05, 2019 11:52 AM  

How none of these journos have put together they are being told exactly what they told miners is amazing. If they have and think the public has forgotten is also amazing. The stupidity, lack of self awareness, inability to see irony... how do these people live life at all?

Blogger Sandi Trixx February 05, 2019 11:56 AM  

Too bad there is no comments section at the linked article; I was ready to pile on.

Blogger Ransom Smith February 05, 2019 11:58 AM  

Word around the chans is that the layoffs are based around the end of the Obama Era "Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act".
Basically the cash ran out and the money wasn't there to pay these people anymore

Blogger Amy February 05, 2019 12:00 PM  

The HuffPo is considered independent journalism?

Blogger Zaklog the Great February 05, 2019 12:01 PM  

@26 Whom do you write for and on what kind of subjects? I'm very interested here.

Blogger Pseudotsuga February 05, 2019 12:02 PM  

Each time I hear one of these opinion-expressers complain about what happens, it is another piece of evidence that they have no actual skills other than left-speak and projection. They blame the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, instead of their own market of leftists who apparently can not afford to pay enough to sustain these folks' boutique writing. Thus it becomes apparent to everybody but themselves that they have no actual thinking or introspection skills, and what they were sold on as marketable writing is merely repeating the narrative.

I bet many of these people are going to go back to school and get Education or Grievance Studies degrees so they can continue the grudge match... another pound of nails into Big Education's coffin.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 05, 2019 12:02 PM  

@13, Yes, it's now illegal on Twitter to suggest that someone learn to code. You can even get dinged for mentioning that you know how. Twitter is little more than a media distribution and defense system now.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 05, 2019 12:04 PM  

How none of these journos have put together they are being told exactly what they told miners is amazing.

That's easy: they don't see the miners as people, so it's completely different.

Blogger Evan Hartshorn February 05, 2019 12:04 PM  

@17

https://www.redbubble.com/people/logicmonkey/works/36797264-learning-to-code-is-fun

Blogger dh February 05, 2019 12:08 PM  

Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

Blogger Geir Balderson February 05, 2019 12:15 PM  

I do not want these parasites 'to code' as I am sure they will make a mess of things. What I want them to do is get out, put on a blue work shirt and work boots and do manual labor. Of course, their little atrophied muscles might be unable to produce anything of use. Oh wait! That is what they do now!!!

Blogger Lance E February 05, 2019 12:16 PM  

> the cruel, ongoing shrinkage of independent journalism in the United States

That gave me a laugh. Independent journalism is bigger than ever, just not in the world of woke corporate media conglomerates.

Also, the going rate for opinion-writers is finally converging on its appropriate market value: zero, or so close to zero as to make no difference. There's no reason why a HuffPo writer should be paid more for their writing than any blogger if they're not out there covering wars or running stings. That's how it already works for music and art; the pay is crap unless you're in the top 1% or find a very wealthy patron.

I'm sure many companies would still be happy to pay them pennies per article. Want a higher income? Learn to code.

Blogger Pope Cleophus I February 05, 2019 12:20 PM  

They're all lesbians; even the men.

"Hey Hanrahan, Suzanne sucks pussy! I know! I know! She's a lesbian!"

Paul Newman in SlapShot

Blogger Damn the torpedos February 05, 2019 12:20 PM  

Crying ain’t coding bitches

Blogger dadofhomeschoolers February 05, 2019 12:21 PM  

Learn to weld?

Blogger Pope Cleophus I February 05, 2019 12:21 PM  

Maybe she can find work as a convinced felon.

Blogger Alex February 05, 2019 12:21 PM  

This friggin' guy is aghast that the tactics his side practices are being used against him.

Delicious.

Blogger Lance E February 05, 2019 12:25 PM  

Oh snap, how did I miss this the first time:

> ...revealing the ways in which right-wing hordes have harnessed social media to discredit and harass their opponents.

That's quite an admission. They are "opponents". Their entire job now is not to inform the public, it's to oppose the right.

Of course, we all already knew that, but the layoffs are somehow making them even more brazen about it.

Blogger Solon February 05, 2019 12:28 PM  

To be fair, the left has had uncontested reign over shaming tactics and brigading. The conservatives would always roll over and surrender at the slightest hint of combined effort against them. They're used to their tactics being effective.

What they don't realize is that the New Right is a completely different foe, one that has no fear in the face of shaming, and that we don't roll over, we bite back, harder.

The author has every right to be aghast. This is a new battlefield, and a determined enemy.

But, if I could, I would suggest that said author pick their jaw up off the floor, crack open a text book, and codieren lernen.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelpia February 05, 2019 12:29 PM  

My suspicions were confirmed when conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump Jr. joined the pile-on, revealing the ways in which right-wing hordes have harnessed social media to discredit and harass their opponents.

Oh, well.

Apparently Talia Lin either was either asleep during, or entirely skipped, the class on irony in her comp lit curriculum.

Or they skipped over that important human concept when they analyzed Madame Bovary, assuming they actually read THAT novel.

Of maybe the syllabus consisted of Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou, all the way down, down, down.

Inquiring minds want to know.

Blogger nidus of inflection February 05, 2019 12:30 PM  

Is there a common cause for these recent layoffs? Bad economy, fewer wealthy donors/controllers, diminishing TDS?

Blogger Warunicorn February 05, 2019 12:31 PM  

I have some 2-step advice for this former "journo":

1) Buy a nice, big bottle of bleach. Could be Clorox if you're feelin' fancy.
2) Drink it.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener February 05, 2019 12:31 PM  

Coal miners and machinists are smart enough to learn to code.

Journalists aren't. You can't bullshit your way into writing clean code.

Blogger James Dixon February 05, 2019 12:33 PM  

> I do not want these parasites 'to code' as I am sure they will make a mess of things.

Almost no one thinks they actually will. Even fewer think they're actually capable of doing so. But it's what they told the unemployed in the past, so...

Blogger nidus of inflection February 05, 2019 12:35 PM  

Damn the torpedos wrote:Crying ain’t coding bitches

"Tweeting ain't coding." If you want a quick suspension.

Blogger James Dixon February 05, 2019 12:36 PM  

> Is there a common cause for these recent layoffs?

Ransom Smith lists one proposed cause in comment #32. I have no idea if it's correct or not, but I wouldn't be surprised.

Blogger pyrrhus February 05, 2019 12:36 PM  

^B-b-but Ada Lovelace! But Hidden Figures! Didn’t you know NASA was driven by brilliant women mathematicians of color? Without them, those stinky old white men would never have accomplished anything!

Yes, I forgot that NASA didn't use computers, and relied on women scribbling in the basement....

Blogger Elijah February 05, 2019 12:37 PM  

if these bitches were decent looking ( and European) they should be on their backs breeding the next generation of real Americans to counter the 75 million brown illegals headed this way by 2060 according to the census bureau.

Blogger Nate73 February 05, 2019 12:37 PM  

But is this just a case of the elites shifting their money? As long as a rich patron funds the NYT or WaPo they will continue to be in business even at a loss. Maybe HuffPo and BuzzFeed were like Admiral Ozzel in ESB and came out of lightspeed too close to the system?

Blogger Fozzy Bear February 05, 2019 12:38 PM  

Somehow Amanda Robb still has a job, she was at the Lauren Southern press conference in Brussels.

Blogger flyingtiger February 05, 2019 12:42 PM  

My local aldi's has openings, but you need to have a clean criminal record and pass a drug test.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 05, 2019 12:47 PM  

Brigade attacks such as the Tweet storm upon Nick Sandmann by the now mollywhopped journalists? Real hostility? Ya don't say!

Blogger Bastion Harm February 05, 2019 12:51 PM  

pyrrhus wrote:If journalists were intelligent enough to code, they probably wouldn't be journalists, and women can't code anyway.

Unfortunately, we still have too many big corporations with IT departments that will desperately want to hire them to work in their HR departments, where they can impose their codes of conduct on everyone. So they can go from preaching "diversity" to actually ENFORCING it.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira February 05, 2019 12:54 PM  

It's funny because we all know you need to be at least a midwit to write computer programs, and journalists are not even midwits.

Blogger mgh February 05, 2019 12:57 PM  

We all laugh at how easy it is to get Twitter banned, but how close are we to the day Verizon terminates your calling privileges for something you said?

Blogger FP February 05, 2019 12:58 PM  

Stg58/Animal Mother wrote:CODIEREN LERNEN

Via Heartiste: https://heartiste.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/learntocode.jpg?w=360&h=227

Blogger Gregory the Great February 05, 2019 1:02 PM  

Alternatively if you want to make some real money providing a service highly in demand you can move to SF or NY and take 10 bucks per week from shopkeepers for regularly removing human and canine feces in front of their shops.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 05, 2019 1:06 PM  

Learn to code more succint than learn to mine coal.

Blogger John Doe03526 February 05, 2019 1:06 PM  

😭

Blogger Michael Maier February 05, 2019 1:07 PM  

mgh wrote:We all laugh at how easy it is to get Twitter banned, but how close are we to the day Verizon terminates your calling privileges for something you said?

I am actually waiting on that sort of thing.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 05, 2019 1:08 PM  

http://imgur.com/gallery/bvzDTtU

CODIEREN LERNEN

Blogger Solon February 05, 2019 1:12 PM  

She just got laid off. She can't afford the Chlorox. Check your entitlement/privelege.

She'll have to buy bargain. And probably not even the big bottle.

Ahh, but then you have to worry that the cheap, watered down, small amount of bleach won't do the job properly.

Better go with the big Chlorox then. It's not like she has any children to worry about retaining money for an inheritance.

Blogger mgh February 05, 2019 1:14 PM  

Note that nobody is telling (((her))) to trim down, get a hubby, and raise some babies. There was a bright side to her employment.

Anonymous Anonymous February 05, 2019 1:15 PM  

Learn to cook

Or

Learn to code

Blogger Solon February 05, 2019 1:16 PM  

Or make much more than that weekly, if you're willing to sacrifice some dignity... *snorts and snirks uncontrollably*

Just gotta throw on some lipstick and thigh-high boots.

To be fair, it's not really a career change.

Blogger DJT February 05, 2019 1:18 PM  

Expand your knowledge of machine languages!

Anonymous Anonymous February 05, 2019 1:19 PM  

I posted the following meme on Twitter, it was well received:

Photo of uncle Owen in original Star Wars buying 3PO in desert

"What I really need is a journalist who understands the binary language of moisture evaporators"

No learn to code so didn't get banned

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 05, 2019 1:22 PM  

I kept losing my column because of the cruel, ongoing shrinkage of independent journalism in the United States. Dozens of jobs were slashed at HuffPost that day, following a round of layoffs at Gannett Media; further jobs were about to be disappeared at BuzzFeed

>"Independent journalism"

Hmm... there may be some merit to this claim with respect to the Village Voice, at least prior to the changes in ownership near the end of its life. But the rest?

"Independent journalism" at HuffPo:

> Parent AOL (Verizon Communications)

https://infogalactic.com/info/Huffington_post

>HuffPo has been part of AOL since 2011. AOL, including HuffPo, was bought out by Verizon in 2015. Verizon also purchased Yahoo in 2017. Verizon has not been a media powerhouse in the past, but it looks like they're pushing into that business -- and they're #16 on the Fortune 500.*

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verizon_Media

>"Independent journalism" at Gannett:

Wut?

Gannett Company, Inc. is a publicly traded American media holding company headquartered in Tysons Corner, Virginia, near McLean in Greater Washington DC.[3][4] It is the largest U.S. newspaper publisher as measured by total daily circulation.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Gannett_Company

> "Independent journalism" at BuzzFeed:

https://infogalactic.com/info/BuzzFeed

> In August 2015, NBCUniversal made a $200 million equity investment in BuzzFeed.

>NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast -- one of the 6 corporations that control >90% of the US media.

> In October 2016, BuzzFeed raised $200 million from Comcast's TV and movie arm NBCUniversal, at a valuation of roughly $1.7 billion

https://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

*How's that AOL (including HuffPo)/ Yahoo investment working out for Verizon?
In December 2018, Verizon announced it would write down $4.6 billion (about half) of the value of the combined AOL/Yahoo purchases

Ouch. 3 years/ 1 year after the acquisitions, respectively. Either the people running Verizon can't count very well... or the value of owning the megaphone -- of controlling the media narrative -- can't be fully measured in immediate dollar terms. Looking at the timing, it's possible that the "net neutrality" push may have been a factor here.

Along the same lines with Gannett:

Gannett Rejects Takeover Bid by Hedge Fund-Owned Digital First Media

Gannett, the nation’s largest newspaper chain and the publisher of USA Today, The Desert Sun and Ventura County Star, rejected a takeover bid by MNG Enterprises, the hedge fund-owned company also known as Digital First Media, on Monday.


https://ktla.com/2019/02/04/gannett-rejects-takeover-bid-by-hedge-fund-owned-digital-first-media/amp/

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 05, 2019 1:30 PM  

"My suspicions were confirmed when conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump Jr. joined the pile-on, revealing the ways in which right-wing hordes have harnessed social media to discredit and harass their opponents."

"MOMMY! TIMMY HIT ME BACK, WAAAAH!"

Blogger Tom February 05, 2019 1:31 PM  

The schadenboner never ends...

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 05, 2019 1:32 PM  

"Just gotta throw on some lipstick and thigh-high boots.

To be fair, it's not really a career change."


Yes it is. Whoring is honest work.

Blogger Duh-ave February 05, 2019 1:33 PM  

@57 Good results are unlikely. How can worthless women raise worthy children? Her mind will be focused on what could have been and not focused on nurturing her children.

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 05, 2019 1:36 PM  

"Her mind will be focused on what could have been and not focused on nurturing her children."

Sort of like a schoolboy who can't focus on his work because he's been trapped indoors under fluorescent lights for eight hours straight? So, the question is, the paddle, or Ritalin? Really, the schoolboy has a better excuse, so I suppose the more painful discipline should be applied.

Blogger tz February 05, 2019 1:36 PM  

West Virginia coal miners and Detroit auto workers can do logic enough to learn to code.
Trying to teach "Journos" to code is like teaching a pig to sing. It won't work and annoys the pig.

Blogger Damn the torpedos February 05, 2019 1:38 PM  

Only unlike in the case of pigs there is some positive value in annoying journos

Blogger Desdichado February 05, 2019 1:39 PM  

CODIEREN MACHT FREI

Blogger FP February 05, 2019 1:40 PM  

Hah, Obama telling Americans to learn to code:

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1092777470850449408

Blogger DonReynolds February 05, 2019 1:52 PM  

I have dealt with "journalists" over the decades as part of my work, both print and broadcast varieties, and my frustration with them was always the same. They spend years at the university learning how to write and think in the journalistic style but seldom WHAT to write. They are very light-weight on any substantive knowledge of their own. They know how to get a story past their editors but they had no idea how the real world operated, or the industry, or the government, or politics, or science....or anything else really. And so they were total experts at composing inaccurate and misleading and confused "literature in a hurry" without being authoritative. Some of them knew this very well and so they end up borrowing from the authority of others...usually in the form of quotes and ended up taking sides in what is usually a controversy.

The idea of being objective and giving both sides of the issue, has been largely a forgotten notion, too expensive in terms of time to actually do. They end up attaching themselves to (often) the Democrat position or the Leftist Liberal agenda, because it is the easier to get past the editors and the producers.

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 05, 2019 1:58 PM  

"It’s also a line many of us may have already heard from relatives who pretend to be well-meaning"

I don't believe this, but I want it to be true. The idea of some journalist's Aunt Sally saying, "Well, dear, I hear that computers are big these days. Maybe you could get one of those STEM jobs they keep talking about on TV," makes me laugh.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club February 05, 2019 2:00 PM  

@19 - Ada Lovelace ain't fit to wash Claude Shannon's balls.

My mom thinks "Hidden Figures" was a documentary. I've given up trying to explain the simple truth of the matter.

Blogger dc.sunsets February 05, 2019 2:00 PM  

There is but one profession that invites lazy, otherwise skill-less women to join, but the Left has systematically lowered the selling price of that to zero (the parallel here to "journalists" willing to write for free is particularly funny.)

I suspect, however, that the physical attributes of those "journalists" RIF'ed all but preclude any hope of "making it" in that oldest of professions anyway.

Blogger Tatooine Sharpshooters' Club February 05, 2019 2:03 PM  

@88 - And then Talia flounces off to her bedroom and throws herself on the bed, knocking off a dozen stuffed animals in the process, and shrieks "GU-OOOD YOU JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND ME! I WISH I WAS NEVER BORN!"

Blogger lowercaseb February 05, 2019 2:09 PM  

The thing I love about reading these columns again and again is, as with the original phrase "Fake News", there is never a mention that it was originated with the journalists in question.

They keep creating these golems to send after us, and then cry great salt tears when it lumbers back home after them.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 05, 2019 2:10 PM  

Programmable Logic Controllers from a variety of manufacturers are widely used by West Virginia coal miners, as well as Detroit auto workers
The PLC was invented in Detroit to speed up auto assembly line changeovers.

Blogger lowercaseb February 05, 2019 2:14 PM  

Gregory the Great wrote:Alternatively if you want to make some real money providing a service highly in demand you can move to SF or NY and take 10 bucks per week from shopkeepers for regularly removing human and canine feces in front of their shops.

In SF, if you can get a job with the city...there is a specific team that does this, and it pays almost 6 figures annually. Yet another benefit of the San Francisco homeless industry.

Blogger tublecane February 05, 2019 2:15 PM  

Mentions "near-identical responses" and proceeds to quote an idiosyncratic message that probably has never been uttered before or since. Presumably because wanted to write "sic."

Blogger tublecane February 05, 2019 2:22 PM  

Imagine complaining about not being able to make a living at what you explicitly describe as "impecunious" and expecting anyone to care. Give us your opinion on your free time on the toilet at your coding job.

The whole thing about some kind of malicious coordinated attack on the First Amendment via subtly hostile career advice is amusing. It's called a meme, guyz, and they are magical.

Blogger Daniel February 05, 2019 2:26 PM  

I couldn't be bothered to read to the end of her blather.

I assume it ended with "And so I learned to code and everyone in the restaurant clapped and cheered."

Blogger Damelon Brinn February 05, 2019 2:28 PM  

Another thing I've noticed in this: journalists don't understand the basic fact that no one wants to hire a malcontent. Common sense says your next boss doesn't want to hear you bash your last one, because he knows you'll be giving him the same treatment someday. But I've seen more than one of these dopes bitching about his last employer while promoting his "skills" in the same breath on social media. That'll go well.

Blogger Franz Lyonheart February 05, 2019 2:29 PM  

Hmmmmm, blergh, unsurprising, really. Who would have thunk it......

Obviously, I don't want to compete with Steve. Incidentally ....., where is Steve these days? English Steve, obviously.....

Blogger tublecane February 05, 2019 2:29 PM  

@4- They forget easily. "Learn to code" was a piece of their advice to blighted coal miners and whatnot. They came up with "fake news." When thrown back at them, they act as though they're secret superweapons designed in underground neo-Nazi laboratories.

I don't it's a ruse. I think their memory is that poor.

Blogger Daniel February 05, 2019 2:30 PM  

I would say that it is remarkably cruel for even an award-winning Cruelty Artist to expect a scripted NPC to spontaneously engage in machine-learning.

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj February 05, 2019 2:30 PM  

Yeah, I'm sure their well meaning relatives and loved ones used the line "Learn to code" to discourage a foray into journalism. Because the terminology and concept of coding is on the tips of the tongues of Normie America and their Boomer Parents, Aunts & Uncles.

Blogger Jim the Curmudgeon February 05, 2019 2:31 PM  

The last thing these entitled millennials are going to do is 'learn to code'. First, they consider themselves professionals, even though there isn't a single hard skill involved in producing web fluff.

Second, learning to code would put them in direct competition with the legions of H1B imports from India or China. The competition for tech jobs is brutal, and the thought that some dainty creampuff from Buzzfeed is going to outcompete legions of poor kids from rural China is laughable. They'll be losing tech interview after tech interview to the underprivileged 'minorities' that they care so much about.

No, they'll sooner move in with their parents than face real competition in a market where they are disadvantaged.

Blogger MJimmy February 05, 2019 2:31 PM  

Learn to think might be a good idea.

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj February 05, 2019 2:34 PM  

"I gradually came to hate them..." (MSM Journalists of course)

Blogger tublecane February 05, 2019 2:40 PM  

@33- Yeah, because it was only ever owned by Mom and Pop operations like AOL and Verizon.

Blogger Trebor Nosemaj February 05, 2019 2:41 PM  

God, I can't contain my utter hatred for these scum life-destroyers. I have no other point to make, just had to let the feeling out. Even the word "contempt" is to sanitised for these little cancerous zits.

Blogger Steve Canyon February 05, 2019 2:41 PM  

Talia lavin was also the swine-doppelganger behind answering "Turd Ferguson" on final jeopardy.

Just because she went to Harvard doesn't mean she didn't have (((help))) enrolling.

She couldn't work in a coal mine. The headframe can only support so many tons.

Blogger SciVo February 05, 2019 2:43 PM  

FUBARwest wrote:How none of these journos have put together they are being told exactly what they told miners is amazing. If they have and think the public has forgotten is also amazing. The stupidity, lack of self awareness, inability to see irony... how do these people live life at all?

That is all consistent with narcissistic personality disorder, and even the mediocre can see good material success with NPD, due its advantages in social combat with normal people. You haven't seen real gaslighting until you've known a narcissist; they really can make you question your sanity.

Blogger Mr. Bee February 05, 2019 2:45 PM  

This meme delights me. I was one of the over 650,000 aerospace and defense workers who were laid off en mass in the early to mid 90s as part of the "peace dividend" after the collapse of the USSR. The reaction of the press was one of unalloyed joy and celebration at the end of the military industrial complex. Plus numerous glowing articles about how laying off white males would open up jobs for minorities and women. The local governments swung into action and appointed their cronies and friends to commission after commission to "study" the problem and their universal recommendation was for these people, often with graduate technical engineering and scientific degrees and experience should "learn VCR repair".

Blogger R.G. Camara February 05, 2019 3:02 PM  

Much like with "snowflake", you know that "learn to code" has hit them hard, right in the gut by the amount of backlash it's generating:

attempts to get people banned from Twitter from uttering the phrase,

media outcry in articles (like this one) and blogposts and Twitter posts about how "hurtful" it is,

fake news attempts (also like this one) to "trace" the meme to whitesupremacytrumpincelgamergate;

and, soon enough, it will morph into their attempt to "turn" the meme against us with ham-handed counter-memes employing it.

I remember when I realized how deep the "snowflake" insult meme stung them: I went to the aftermath of a Sharia Law march, sorry, Women's march--you know, the ones that happened the day Trump was inaugurated. I saw many, many hand-written signs about how "Snowflakes can cause an avalanche!" and "Snowflakes cause blizzards!" and "Don't call me a snowflake, fascist!" It was surreal; it was like Dr. Freud himself came out of Hades and designed a textbook example of projection.

"Learn to code, snowflake" will be my go-to insult over the next few months against leftists. I'll see how much of a reaction it gets.

Blogger dienw February 05, 2019 3:25 PM  

The tears of a journo-

Blogger veryfunnyminion February 05, 2019 3:32 PM  

""Learn to code, snowflake" will be my go-to insult over the next few months against leftists. I'll see how much of a reaction it gets."

Tell them that the S in SQL stands for snowflake. And that they should mention that in job interviews.

Blogger The Scribe February 05, 2019 4:04 PM  

OK, let's see. We've got: "right-wing," "cesspool," "harassment," "my victimhood," "Tucker Carlson," "Gamergate," oh hey!, or should I say oy vey! they've even got Lil' Benji!

I swear, it's like Bingo with these people! This article would make a good card, you'd stand a chance at winning a cover-all game.

I graduated from a highly rated J-school and began my career 20 years ago as a small-town reporter. I got burnt out with the same-old, same-old, quit, and after the new gig failed, tried to go back, unsuccessfully. I had to take stock of how useless I was with my useless degree, and rebuild myself, earning quite a few post-graduate credits from Hard Knocks University in numerous awful, low-paying jobs.

So yeah, no sympathy at all. In school, I had a bumper sticker on my car, "Ignore the Media, Think for Yourself." It's good to see these newswhores suffering.

Blogger Arthur Isaac February 05, 2019 4:18 PM  

To journalists: Learn to fertilize.

Plants need you for your nutritional value.

Blogger Tars Tarkusz February 05, 2019 4:31 PM  

The lack of self-awareness is stunning.

I am probably alone in this, but I don't think papers and other news outlets would be dying if they had not gone so universally far left.

They constantly make excuses for why nobody wants to pay money to read the shit they put out. Stories about people who don't read and how they can't compete with other platforms.

Despite layoffs and closures all over the country and English speaking world and ever shrinking readership, they have not one single time re-evaluated the idea of being far to the left of their target audience or hired journalists who did not openly hate their audience.

Both of my parents, my siblings and myself were all once daily newspaper readers. But over time, they got more and more progressive and thinner and thinner to the point where around the late 90s and early aughts, subscriptions were cancelled. Not only the papers, but the magazines all did a hard left shift in the 90s.

I'm thinking that if a newspaper were started today, both print and web, if it were not staffed with lunatics, it might work. The main obstacle would be the fact that the old papers pushed away the readers and now the readers are used to not reading newspapers. I personally would jump at the opportunity to read a good newspaper without narratives and opinions masquerading as facts. Not being lectured to by a bunch of self-righteous smug little Millennials would be nice too.

I take great pleasure in their suffering! Learn to code, bitches! Of course, they are probably too stupid.

Blogger Nikephoros II Phokas February 05, 2019 5:39 PM  

@Zaklog:

I deal mostly with digital marketing, tech, real estate, tourism, and a couple other topics.

The best money comes from cold emailing prospects. There's a woman named Carol Tice who has a lot of good info on that. Or you can use freelancing sites/forums, like Upwork or the Warrior Forum, to find clients.

The barrier to entry is lower but so is the pay. You can still find some solid clients though if you have skills and know how to sell yourself.

You can email me at nikephorosdubphokas At Gmail if you need some more resources, but you might have to poke me here because I don't check that box much.

Blogger John Cunningham February 05, 2019 5:43 PM  

If "learn to code" is to be banned, how about "grasp Cobol, Java, and Python"?

Blogger Cecil Henry February 05, 2019 5:59 PM  

Samizdat will not be defeated!!!


#Learn to Code:


https://gab.ai/media/image/bq-5c59dbdc4dc21.jpeg

Blogger Roger Hill February 05, 2019 6:20 PM  

I'm sure she considers their advise to out of work coal minors to be sympathetic and full of empathy. However, the suffering workers realized it was nothing remotely close to true, genuine concern. And now when people call them out on their callousness, they whine like toddlers. You just can't make this stuff up folks!

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother February 05, 2019 6:22 PM  

Very sad, many such cases!

Blogger Ken Prescott February 05, 2019 6:43 PM  

ABC Always Be Coding

PUT. THAT. COFFEE. DOWN. Coffee is for coders only.

Blogger Lazarus February 05, 2019 6:48 PM  

It was called the Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act signed into law in 2016 by then-President Obama (and allowed by Establishment Republicans like Paul Ryan) that took effect in 2017 and allocated a whopping $160 MILLION taxpayer dollars over two years to pay for government-sponsored propaganda. The money is now gone and guess what? About 1000 journalists are suddenly being laid off.

Coincidence? Hah! This was classic Obama, reaching into the bottomless trough of taxpayer dollars to push his self-promoting agenda. He did it with green energy, America-last trade agreements, and his post-2016 coverage to help ensure he remained relevant in order to quickly accumulate tens of millions of dollars worth of book deals, Netflix deals, and speaking fees.

It’s enough to make even the Clintons blush.


Read more at http://dcwhispers.com/did-obama-pay-journos-for-positive-coverage-and-to-attack-trump-why-yes-yes-he-did/#ckxKCuw4qc5gDr1H.99

Blogger Hammerli280 February 05, 2019 6:50 PM  

@87: Yup. "Journalism" should not be a recognized college major. It should be a minor...that you get to teach you to report on the material covered in your major field of study.

Ditto for "education" beyond the elementary-school level. I strongly suspect high school students would pay a lot more attention in math class if it were taught by someone who had made a living with it.

Blogger Kyle Kiernan February 05, 2019 6:52 PM  

Her lack of self awareness is stunning and so revealing.
In a diatribe bemoaning the death of bad journalism she commits the errors that got them into this situation.
She bends the facts and portrayal of the situation to her narrow perceived narrative.
She can't conceive of independent thinking undirected from a central authority so she ascribes regimented directed actions to her opposition. Completely oblivious that many people can take independent action because they all hate her and her like.
She has no sense of humor and therefore can't get the joke.
She "proves" her narrative by citing one or even two examples and then generalizing to the whole.
Heaven help anyone who hires her to code. That program will tear your hand over and then brick.

Blogger Matrick February 05, 2019 7:03 PM  

"their universal recommendation was for these people, often with graduate technical engineering and scientific degrees and experience should "learn VCR repair"."

"Learn VCR repair" is a brilliant meme for anyone bored of the coding one. It's extra hilarious because the tech is incredibly outdated

Blogger Lovekraft February 05, 2019 7:19 PM  

She's likely there because of nepotism or affirmative action and would be terrified of doing real journalism because that involves peeling away layers and sometimes that involves harsh reality checks.

Blogger Man of the Atom February 05, 2019 7:27 PM  

Ken Prescott wrote:ABC Always Be Coding

PUT. THAT. COFFEE. DOWN. Coffee is for coders only.


Visually.

Blogger Chiva February 05, 2019 7:35 PM  

If a journalist does actually learn to code I wonder if thier commenting would be better than a regular coder?

Blogger Ken Prescott February 05, 2019 7:45 PM  

@129

Thank you!

Blogger Didas Kalos February 05, 2019 8:12 PM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3CxEyo6a3U Cry me a river.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 05, 2019 8:23 PM  

Funny. It was these snarking douchebags telling real men, displaced in the job market by illegals and pajeets, to "learn to code".
I do wish they got more than a layoff. Were it up to me most of them would be in prison getting a train run on them.

Blogger wahr01 February 05, 2019 8:41 PM  

Archiving these SJW think-pieces and linking the archive helps to deny clicks, ad metrics, and revenue to Fake News, bringing the day of this gas-lighter's next layoff that much closer so he can once again be told to "learn to code"

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 05, 2019 9:26 PM  

@89
My mom thinks "Hidden Figures" was a documentary. I've given up trying to explain the simple truth of the matter.

Tell her to find a contemporaneous reference to any of these women in Ebony or Jet...

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey February 05, 2019 10:35 PM  

with their same little carbuncular message:

This is a failed metaphor. Of course, poison/ infection analogies are as mandatory in refererring to nationalism/ conservative leanings/ implicit white identity as they are verboten in the context of certain groups commonly involved in subversion. And "toxic," "poisonous," "vitriolic," and various infection/ plague references are overused. "Viral" would be OK -- except that it already has established neutral to positive connotations in the digital realm.

But "carbuncular?" No. What she intends to convey is both the sense of some kind of nasty infection and rapid spread/ contagiousness -- not a strictly localized infection like a carbuncle. Sure, it represents minor local spread compared to a furuncle, but still... no. You'd think that, with a degree in Comparative Literature from Hahvahd, she'd have learned some rudiments of the English language somewhere along the way -- or at least learned to keep an OED, a medical dictionary, and a thesaurus (or their digital equivalents) close at hand, to consult when venturing into unfamiliar territory.

Not to mention that the very choice of infection/ contagion as a metaphor undermines her narrative frame that the emergence of the "Learn to code" meme was the result of a conscious, planned, structured conspiracy by a shadowy group of ebil naught-sees, rather than the emergent product of the interaction of large numbers of self-organizing units...

Blogger Argus Bacchus February 05, 2019 11:01 PM  

Talia Lavin.

Physiognomy is rael.

Once again.

Blogger Mike K February 06, 2019 1:44 AM  

Please don't tell them to learn to code - there are already enough liberal jerkoffs in IT!

Blogger Azure Amaranthine February 06, 2019 3:20 AM  

"Physiognomy is rael."

Well played.

Blogger wahr01 February 06, 2019 11:01 AM  

Tangentially related, it appears YouTube is going to start censoring dislikes because their preferred SJW's and attempts to bury the real community get roundly rejected

Blogger Dad29 February 06, 2019 12:50 PM  

“learn to code” is a profoundly annoying bit of “advice,” a nugget of condescension and antipathy.

Yup. And that never changed from the day the "journalists" started using it on workingmen.

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