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It’s Time For Buzz Bissinger To Prune His Facebook Friends

by evanmcmurry

Sad trombone:

The Newsweek and Daily Beast contributor, who wrote a cover story titled I Still Believe in Lance Armstrong, says he’s thoroughly embarrassed he gave the disgraced cyclist the benefit of the doubt, believe that the athlete didn’t win his cycling championships through doping.

[..] In his August cover story, Bissinger—the author of Friday Night Lights—argued that Armstrong “is a hero, one of the few we have left in a country virtually bereft of them. And he needs to remain one.”

[…] The writer said the Newsweek story “really shot my credibility” by “2%, 3%, [or] 5%,”

Bringing his net credibility down to zero. You’ll recall the last time we saw Bissinger he was endorsing Mitt Romney for president via one of the most pathetically ignorant and offensive screeds ever penned by a professional columnist. You’ll recall the previous Bissinger sighting was his public split from Tony LaRussa*, who turned out to be a Tea Party nutjob, of which Bissinger was unaware despite writing a book about the man.

Romney, Armstrong, Larussa*: It might be time for Bissinger to take a sober look at his method of character evaluation. At this point he resembles less the guy who wrote Friday Night Lights than the Odessians he describes as falling for the same oil scheme again and again.

* Yes, I know how his name is supposed to be spelled.

Buzz Bissinger Is Not A Low Information Voter

by evanmcmurry

All due respect to Dave Weigel, but on what planet is the author of A Prayer For The City low-info?

Thanks A Lot, Poors, You Made Buzz Bissinger Endorse Mitt Romney

by evanmcmurry

Buzz Bissinger continued what’s turning out to be a midlife unlikeability tour today by endorsing Mitt Romney:

As I get older, on the cusp of 58, I am moving more to the center or even tweaking right, or at least not tied to any ideology. Those making more than $250,000 should pay more taxes, and that does include me. But I also am tired of Obama’s constant demonization, of those he spits out as “millionaires and billionaires,” as pariahs. Romney’s comments at a fundraiser were stupid, but 47 percent of Americans do not pay federal income taxes. Yes, a majority are poor and seniors. But millions do not pay such taxes with incomes of more than $50,000, and whether it’s as little as $10, every American should contribute both as a patriotic obligation and skin in the game. This is our country, not our country club.

a) Those people do pay more than $10 in taxes, via sales taxes, payroll taxes, etc.; b) since when do you get to make an argument, say, “now, naturally, once your look at the evidence, this characterization doesn’t hold up,” and then broaden that argument? and c) I would love to hear what portion of the original Friday Night Lights subjects falls into Bissinger’s description of the 47%, and whether there’s an explanation for how the people Bissinger once wrote about with such empathy became entitled freeloaders — preferably an explanation that doesn’t involve the corresponding growth of Bissinger’s bank account. It takes a lot of balls to make a personal fortune off some poor high school football players and then turn around and call them freeloaders.

Of course, Romney has unofficially adopted the FNL slogan for his campaign, so perhaps Bissinger is just paying back the favor. Either way, Bissinger hasn’t written a good book in well over a decade, and instead spends his days penning cantankerous columns about how everybody younger/poorer/more internet than him sucks. Can we stop listening to him, please?

Erik Loomis with more.