Young generations don’t respect their elders, and older generations never can quite understand what those youngsters are into. It’s a tale as old as time.
The latest example came in journalist Sally Quinn’s piece for The Washington Post magazine, dubbed, “Sally Quinn announces the end of power in Washington.”
In it, Quinn observes: “Today, money trumps power. If Katharine Graham, the late publisher of The Washington Post, were having a party today, and politicians or statesmen received a conflicting invitation to a party put together by Sheldon Adelson (Gingrich’s super PAC guy), where do you think people would go? Adelson. No question. Now, at a party, if you find people staring over your shoulder to see who’s more important in the room, they’re usually looking at someone rich, rather than someone powerful. (Or perhaps they’re staring at themselves in a mirror, as I once observed.)”
And so on.
To some journalists and politicos, the piece had a stodgy, “that’s the way it was and I liked it!” feel to it, and it quickly became the piece to mock on Twitter over the weekend. A sampling:
Salon’s Alex Pareene: “I actually can’t quite process the very existence of Sally Quinn. She exists in a different reality.”
The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox: “Quinn doesn’t complain DC is now run by insular elites; it’s just now run by the WRONG elites (ie, not her friends). Harsh hashtag, dude.”
Slate’s Dave Weigel: “Best part of Sally Quinn column is surely how she disses diplomats because they’re ‘more interested in economics than in power.’”
Huffington Post’s Jason Linkins: “Shorter Sally Quinn: ‘I am the biggest victim of the Citizens United decision.’”
Media Matters’ Jamison Foser: “Almost made it through the headline of Sally Quinn’s latest. Doesn’t sound like much, but it’s the furthest I’ve gotten in 6 months.”
Mother Jones’s Clara Jeffery: “Is Sally Quinn’s latest dross as bad and solipsistic as people say? Yes, yes it is”
New York University professor Jay Rosen: “Sally Quinn announces the end of power in Washington. http://wapo.st/O07ZpI Jay Rosen announces that this is a fantasia of Beltway insiders.”
Journal Register’s Steve Buttry: “This is a great parody of Sally Quinn. No, wait …”
Knight Center’s Dan Gillmor: “If this Sally Quinn piece in WashPost is satire, it’s brilliant. Uh…”
Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett: “In a disgusting era, Sally Quinn laments the end of an earlier, also disgusting era.”
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