December 25, 2003

Dude, Where's Your Jacket-C...

Dude, Where's Your Jacket-Copy Editor?: First paragraph of the wrap on Michael Moore's Dude, Where's My Country?:

When the powers-that-be succeeded in ignoring—and then silencing—the nation's widespread dissent over war, one man stood on an Oscar stage and, in front of a billion people, outed the commander in chief for his fictitious presidency and his fictitious war. Now, just a few months later, those words have remarkably become the accepted truth of the land.
This suggests (not "begs"!) a question: How can "widespread dissent" be "silenc[ed]"?

The first chapter (well, at least the Saudi part), is pretty on-target, though. I haven't been paying any attention whatsoever to the Democratic pre-primaries, but I sincerely hope they are pounding Bush on his disgustingly intimate relations with that obscene royal family.

Posted by at December 25, 2003 01:46 PM
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Thus far there has been very little, if any, talk about the Saudis.

As for Moore's book, it could very well be his most factually-challenged work to date.

http://www.spinsanity.org/columns/20031016.html
http://www.spinsanity.org/columns/20031016b.html

Posted by: HH at December 25, 2003 08:21 PM

If Michael Moore has had his free speech taken away from him, why doesn't he shut the fuck up already?

Posted by: Cst factually-challenged work to date.

http://www.spinsanity.org/columns/20031016.html
http://www.spinsanity.org/columns/20031016b.html

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HH at December 25, 2003 08:21 PM

If Michael Moore has had his free speech taken away from him, why doesn't he shut the fuck up already?

Posted by: Charlie at December 25, 2003 10:38 PM

I thought you'd be pointing out the "an" after the word "stage".

Posted by: Scot at December 26, 2003 08:46 AM

Scot -- Fixed it. Dude, where's my copy editor? ... Right here, apparently.

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 26, 2003 01:43 PM

... just keepin' you on your toes.

Posted by: Scot at December 26, 2003 03:11 PM

When you say Saudi Royal family are you talking about the relationship with a Saudi Prince (Talalbin Abdelaziz Arrachid) who was killed in the Algerian desert by the GPSC which claims an allegiance to the Al Qaeda?

Posted by: Loud Mouths at December 26, 2003 10:48 PM

Interesting piece on the The Saudi Paradox can be found here:

http://www.foreignaffairs.org/20040101faessay83105/michael-scott-doran/the-saudi-paradox.html

"Summary: Saudi Arabia is in the throes of a crisis, but its elite is bitterly divided on how to escape it. Crown Prince Abdullah leads a camp of liberal reformers seeking rapprochement with the West, while Prince Nayef, the interior minister, sides with an anti-American Wahhabi religious establishment that has much in common with al Qaeda. Abdullah cuts a higher profile abroad -- but at home Nayef casts a longer and darker shadow."

Posted by: Ray Eckhart at December 28, 2003 03:28 AM

Trivial note: although at a few publishing houses jacket or cover copy is written by an editor, it's relatively uncommon (Tor did it, last I looked, which is a while ago).

Such text is typically written by a copywriter minion in the promotion department, or a freelancer, and only signed off on by the book's editor (or assistant). True, changes are occasionally requested, but it's comparatively rare, especially since the process is typically done on quite tight deadline, and, of course, everyone has eight jillion other things piled on and around their desk.

Were your post being copy-edited, the copyeditor would note that there is no such thing as a "jacket-copy editor," technically speaking.

:-)

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 28, 2003 04:08 PM

I'm sure Matt already read that extremely important Foreign Affairs piece when I excerpted it and rated it at "6 out of 5" on the Read The Rest Scale.

Okay, maybe not.

I still wish someone would have linked to, or commented upon, this. Or read it, at least.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 28, 2003 04:22 PM

Gary, Ray, et al -- I did read an excerpt from that FA article, published in a recent International Herald-Tribune. Interesting stuff. There are four books about Saudi Arabia on my nightstand in Los Angeles ...

And your post about Democrat/left-of-center patriotism was spot-on, Gary. This "traitor" bullshit is tiresome, and does actual damage to the country it claims to defend (by, among other things, muddying the distinctions between our *real* enemies). But then, I *would* say that, typing from enemy soil....

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 29, 2003 03:13 AM

The misuse, and abuse, of the phrase "begging the question" has always been one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. Thank you for pointing out this example.

Posted by: alex z. at December 29, 2003 11:28 AM

Thanks, Matt! Now all you have to do is put a link to what I wrote in your actual blog, and maybe more than ten people will actually read it. :-)

Keep in mind that given recent Congressional and American nomenclature, Matt, you are apparently presently visiting the land of Freedom. Let's be consistent here, after all. Wish I could get me some of that freedom cheese!

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 29, 2003 11:52 AM

I think the biggest crime is that Michael Moore hijacked the name of one of the finest films released in the 90's. Why couldn't he have entitled it, "Amistad of this Shit as You Are."

Posted by: Paul at December 29, 2003 01:05 PM
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f 5" on the Read The Rest Scale.

Okay, maybe not.

I still wish someone would have linked to, or commented upon, this. Or read it, at least.

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 28, 2003 04:22 PM

Gary, Ray, et al -- I did read an excerpt from that FA article, published in a recent International Herald-Tribune. Interesting stuff. There are four books about Saudi Arabia on my nightstand in Los Angeles ...

And your post about Democrat/left-of-center patriotism was spot-on, Gary. This "traitor" bullshit is tiresome, and does actual damage to the country it claims to defend (by, among other things, muddying the distinctions between our *real* enemies). But then, I *would* say that, typing from enemy soil....

Posted by: Matt Welch at December 29, 2003 03:13 AM

The misuse, and abuse, of the phrase "begging the question" has always been one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. Thank you for pointing out this example.

Posted by: alex z. at December 29, 2003 11:28 AM

Thanks, Matt! Now all you have to do is put a link to what I wrote in your actual blog, and maybe more than ten people will actually read it. :-)

Keep in mind that given recent Congressional and American nomenclature, Matt, you are apparently presently visiting the land of Freedom. Let's be consistent here, after all. Wish I could get me some of that freedom cheese!

Posted by: Gary Farber at December 29, 2003 11:52 AM

I think the biggest crime is that Michael Moore hijacked the name of one of the finest films released in the 90's. Why couldn't he have entitled it, "Amistad of this Shit as You Are."

Posted by: Paul at December 29, 2003 01:05 PM
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