Mark (sic) Armbender: Weak Weasel
He's just educated enough to do some damage, and just weak enough not to under- stand ethics.
You've been warned...
ADDED: I wonder if he was included on the original Journolist list or the double-secret probation clubs that allegedly sprung up following Weigel's firing. They are not tradesmen, that's for sure....
DOUBLE CHECK: Surprise, surprise...
Men, men, men, men, manly men! Woohoohoo.
Don't trust anyone! Especially not those playing journo-lists!
* You won't find him in the wild. Men like this have never dirtied their loafers or survived one night in natural circumstances without special privileges. Summer camp away does not count. (Nor do those few years in Latin America growing local economies and meeting the natives. Sorry.)
BULLSHIT: Armbender explains:
“It made me uncomfortable then, and it makes me uncomfortable today,” said Ambinder. “And when I look at that email record, it is a reminder to me of why I moved away from all that. The Atlantic, to their credit, never pushed me to do that, to turn into a scoop factory. In the fullness of time, any journalist or writer who is confronted by the prospect, or gets in the situation where their journalism begins to feel transactional, should listen to their gut feeling and push away from that.”
You have to have that Harvard-educated, grown-man gutcheck BEFORE you agree to the conditions and sell your work out. Everything Armbender has published in the last decade is now suspect... he doesn't get a pass because he's pretty.
Think of it this way:
If he were a contractor cutting corners like this, the suspected houses would begin to show the false construction by now. We hold our newsmen to nothing less in their "story telling". Get it? Anyone can pimp themselves for access, power, status or money. That's easy, and common in Washington, I am told. Bought and sold. Scoop factory, Inc.
But nobody pretends it's advantageous, smart or ethical in the long-run to be for sale like that... Ask Marco Rubio.
There's not enough Change in the world, or this country even, to bring that about.