Kathy English — still not getting it:
I learned much about “snark” and nasty blogosphere invective this week from some bloggers who disagree with my take on what Zerbisias wrote. Mean-spirited personal attack, inaccurate facts, innuendo and even speculation about the identity of my spouse was lobbed my way, much of it anonymously.
“Inaccurate facts”? At the risk of being a nitpicker, a fact by definition is accurate — truthiness is the primary requirement for factiness. Apart from that, the gist of it is that English is taken aback that some mean bloggers disputed the Star’s trashing of its best columnist. Well, that’s what we do — call bullshit. Welcome to accountability, proudly brought to you by the blogosphere.
I haven’t altered my view that Zerbisias’s blog comment (about Canadian Jewish Congress CEO Bernie Farber) fell short of the Star’s standards of fairness.
But I have learned more this week about its context. My own standard of fairness thus demands reconsideration of the harsh assessment I expressed in last week’s column.
At least she seems to realize that her public evisceration of AZ was uncalled for, although she’s still not completely clear as to why:
Though I gave Zerbisias opportunity to comment before publication of that column, she said little to help me understand the context of this comment she posted on her Star blog about Farber’s participation in the Pride parade: “Imagine my surprise when I saw Bernie Farber identifying himself as queer by joining a pro-Israel gay rights group in the parade … Funny because I didn’t know he was gay.”
Farber is not gay and Zerbisias knows that.
Sigh. If English still doesn’t get snark, I shudder to think what she’d make of the “shorter” concept.
UPDATE: Did someone say “shorter”?
UPDATE II: “Some blogger in Abu Dhabi” responds.