Comments thread on the Ezra/Vox announcement is a bunch of Verge readers trying to work out who Ezra Klein is. http://t.co/sjS6cLAQFn
— Tom Gara (@tomgara) January 27, 2014
Ezra Klein, for those who don’t know, is a liberal blogger and so-called fact-checker who has a nasty habit of getting his facts wrong. Today, Klein announced he will be publishing a new site owned by Vox Media where he promises to provide readers with contextual information about the news. He made the announcement in a post at The Verge entitled “Vox is our next”:
Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time: why hadn’t the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information?
This year, we’re founding a new publication at Vox Media in order to do something about it.
Unfortunately, some of The Verge’s readers have no idea who Klein is or what he is talking about:
Some people, on the other hand, understand all too well:
.@ezraklein Your new venture, much like Journolist, makes you different from Pravda HOW, exactly?
— Bastiat Fan (@Bastiat_Admirer) January 27, 2014
How about factual information? RT @politico: Ezra Klein says his new news site [..] will focus on providing "crucial contextual information"
— Good Lt. (@Good_Lt) January 27, 2014
Klein will be joined at his new venture by Matthew Yglesias whose ridiculous “analysis” has become a running joke here at Twitchy.
A commenter at The Verge sums it up well:
[Klein’s new venture is] about the fact that two of the dimmest bulbs in modern ‘journalism’ are teaming up with the parent company of this blog to create another Huffington Post.
Truly groundbreaking stuff.