Friday, August 24, 2007
It is no wonder that bloggers invented the verb to fisk to describe a line-by-line analysis of an article or column. The word is in dubious honor of British lefty journalist Robert Fisk, who famously (to righties) weaves facts and opinion to inseparability. Consider the example of this column -- hilariously titled "Even I question the 'truth' about 9/11" -- in which Fisk seeks the answers to a number of supposedly unanswered questions about the attacks on September 11, and at the same time distances himself from 9/11 "truthers" and other conspiracy nuts. Read as much of it as you can, taking care not to hurt yourself or blow your bedtime milk through your nose in laughter.
Now look at Ed Morrissey's response.
That, ladies and germs, is why we call it fisking.
I'll be danged.
That's where "fisk" came from.
I learned something. Now I can go to bed.
(It's a poor day that I don't learn something.)
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