It must be the off-season, when everyone goes on vacation, because neither DougJ nor the Sadly-naughts have discussed this particular travesty yet. Ken Layne at Wonkette tells us “The Atlantic [Is] Hiring 29 Journalists and an Idiot“:
The media industry has fully recovered, as evidenced by this job listing seeking thirty (30!) journalists at the Atlantic Media Group. But Atlantic Media Group’s National Journal just got rid of thirty (30!) journalists through buyouts, so the net gain of Journalism Jobs is zero (0). Still, this is enough for a shitty trend column by banal global golfer and language rapist Tom Friedman. Wait a minute, that’s just what The Atlantic needs!
Wonkette operative “Tom Y.” sent along this Want Ad with the subject line, “ATLANTIC SEEKS TO CLONE WORLD’S WORST COLUMNIST,” which is about right. Except for the cloning part. Atlantic Media Group clearly wants to find and groom and create the next awful conventional wisdom hack on the bestseller list, and they hope to find this Mustache of the Future while the economy’s still in the toilet and every journalist fears for his or her job, every single day…
The ad itself seeks “two dozen reporters” to fill “30” openings, which is either an unusually clear signal that each new hire will be expected to perform 125% of a full-time job, or Economist Math in action. It goes on to promise:
… In all of its hiring, Atlantic Media seeks two pillar qualities – force of intellect and a personal spirit of generosity.
Recruiting down two paths:
Recognizing that these gifts may not present in the same individual, Atlantic Media is recruiting for individuals working down either of two paths: relentless breaking news or original, rigorous commentary.
Breaking News – especially web savvy: The intention here is to identify reporters made for – naturally wired for – breaking news. High metabolism. Relentless. Unstoppable. Prolific.
Original Insight: The intention here, harder to realize, is to identify individuals made for – naturally wired for – original insight, original frames for comment on the large, national issues. Economist rigor; Tom Friedman insight.
I repeat: “Economist rigor, Tom Friedman insight.” The ad may claim that “In the moment, our recruiting is focused on the National Journal magazine” (and can the person responsible for writing that ever be punished as they deserve?) but these traits in combination suggest an even more horrible possibility: Megan McArdle is getting an intern of her very own.
I guess The Atlantic board figured a nameless flunky to fill all those gaping interweb inches would make a nice wedding present, and that selfish little pommy bustard Sullivan wouldn’t give up one of his. Or else they assume that McArdle will pull the standard “conservative feminist” trick and refuse to return to paid employment after the honeymoon, on the grounds that waiting in line for the latest piece of hipster technology and researching the perfect brand of imported Himalayan pink salt is a full-time job in itself.
Whatever the reason, it remains a golden opportunity for anyone seeking revenge on an unemployed liberal-arts major who’s done something truly unpleasant, or possibly a young stupid relative with a boundless sense of entitlement and a poor grasp of social boundaries. (I wonder what Joran van Sloot is doing these days?) Any suggestions for crafting the perfect resume to properly respond to this solicitation gratefully accepted…