Editore"s Note
Tilting at Windmills

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June 1, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

EDITOR WANTED....Interested in a career in political journalism? If you are, we have an opening for an editor at the Washington Monthly. It's a two-year stint beginning in August.

Now, it's worth noting that "editor" at the Washington Monthly is not the word we use for the actual person running the magazine. That would be the editor-in-chief, Paul Glastris, for whom you would be working. (He's a really nice guy and a terrific editor, by the way.) In fact, you would be one of three editor/reporters, responsible for both editing other people's articles in the magazine as well as writing several pieces of your own each year.

This is a Washington DC-based job, and it won't make you rich. But damn, you'll be following in illustrious footsteps. (Seriously. James Fallows, Jonathan Alter, Kate Boo, Joshua Green, Michelle Cottle, David Ignatius, and lots of others. The Monthly is famous for its alumni.) If you're interested, click here and follow the instructions.

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How about hiring a script kiddie to fix the JS so we don't keep getting that damn error message?

(Set two vars to zero, and then check if either is zero, popping-up an error message -- nice.)

Posted by: Disputo on June 1, 2007 at 1:04 AM | PERMALINK

So the Monthly is mostly famous for the people who don't work there?

Posted by: John on June 1, 2007 at 1:07 AM | PERMALINK

>It's a two-year stint beginning in August.

Hmmm...Only two years. Still, We might get a chance to see Inkblot and Domino. Do they pop in now and then?

Posted by: James on June 1, 2007 at 1:16 AM | PERMALINK

Where do I apply?

Posted by: Al on June 1, 2007 at 1:38 AM | PERMALINK

John - what already-famous reporter is going to take a job that advertises "long hours for low pay"?

Speaking as a completely unfamous reporter, though, I'm game. Time to update the ol' cover letter.

Posted by: David on June 1, 2007 at 1:42 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, to be younger and more talented ...

Posted by: editer on June 1, 2007 at 2:23 AM | PERMALINK

Gee, as a reporter in the middle of a newsroom in turmoil, I am reflexively interested in this. But whoa — that low pay line is, y'know, a splash of ice water, ain't it...? I mean, I'm having enough trouble with the mortgage as it is....

Posted by: Periodista Miguel on June 1, 2007 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

Gee, as a reporter in the middle of a newsroom in turmoil, I am reflexively interested in this. But whoa — that low pay line is, y'know, a splash of ice water, ain't it...? I mean, I'm having enough trouble with the mortgage as it is....

Posted by: Periodista Miguel on June 1, 2007 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

I'll need at least $300K a year and a sedan, preferably a nice one. I'll call Charlie later today and he can tell me which office to move into on Tuesday. Monday is no good for me--I have to evict some tenants from a property that I'm trying to turn into a tax loss for 2008.

Posted by: Norman Rogers on June 1, 2007 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK

David Ignatius? Really? And Mickey Kaus?

Do you occasionally drop an outgoing editor on his head, just to see what happens?

Posted by: Jim on June 1, 2007 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

Ah, Kevin.

I would like this job, Kevin. I think I could bring fresh perspective that your lacking.

I live in the DC area.

Posted by: egbert on June 1, 2007 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Wow, Alter and Ignatius. Does this mean if I get the job I can ignore how the MSM treats Big Dems like shit and then get a job at the MYT or WP or Time or Newsweek? Sounds like fun. Kevin is almost there!

Posted by: Ross on June 1, 2007 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry for being off-topic, but I'm curious as to why there is no discussion of the Presidential Directive that asserts Bush's right to be dictator in case of a national emergency (and Bush gets to decide whether it's a national emergency or not). The official announcement is here.

Posted by: Daryl McCullough on June 1, 2007 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Is support for Barack a requirement?

Posted by: Freedom Fighter on June 1, 2007 at 10:36 AM | PERMALINK

Definitely, hire Big Al, the Kiddies' Pal - you fill the job and simultaneously get credit for hiring the morally handicapped...

Posted by: Uncle Jeffy on June 1, 2007 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

Al: Where do I apply?

Stay where you are, Al. We need your balanced perspective on the Middle East beat.

Like Daryl McCullough, I'm wondering why the blogs have been silent on the Bush is Dictator exec order. But I've been busy and not paying attention, so I could well have missed it.

Posted by: shortstop on June 1, 2007 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

It a better job than this:

"(Candidates) wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success." Recruitment notice posted by Captain Ernest Shackleton for the Endurance expedition, over 5,000 (candidates) applied!

Posted by: troglodyte on June 1, 2007 at 10:56 AM | PERMALINK

If I'm not mistaken, that odious, foul, snivelling propagandist Mark Halperin was an editor at the magazine too. Perhaps it was just reporter, but I know he worked there.

Have a nice weekend, Mr. Drum.

Posted by: paradox on June 1, 2007 at 11:07 AM | PERMALINK

egbert: "...I could bring fresh perspective that your lacking.

Okay, eggy is a parody, isn't he? Fess up, Kevin. On the other hand, 25% still supports the Chimperor, so who knows what to believe?

Posted by: Kenji on June 1, 2007 at 11:09 AM | PERMALINK

egbert has ALWAYS been a parody. Sometimes a totally hilarious one. Sometimes not so much.

Posted by: shortstop on June 1, 2007 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

In the interest of full disclosure I look forward to a piece on the matter. Soon.

You could use a piece all right, mhr.

Posted by: shortstop on June 1, 2007 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

Inkblot and Domino would have to earn frequent flyer mileage in order to "just pop in".

And, FAUX-Lib would have to give his driving a Yellow Streak Cab - but, then he could start a new version of "DC Cab".

Posted by: thethirdPaul on June 1, 2007 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

"could use a piece"

Hmmm, read recently about a Danish doctor who has transplanted cod pieces into the frontal lobe. Helps with pithy comments while singing "Hand jive".

Posted by: stupid git on June 1, 2007 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

The rich tapestry that is the mind of stupid git...

Posted by: shortstop on June 1, 2007 at 11:35 AM | PERMALINK

Let' see: Can't really type, hungover, lazy...
let me get back to you.

Posted by: Johnny sunshine on June 1, 2007 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

Let' see: Can't really type, hungover, lazy...
let me get back to you.

Posted by: Johnny sunshine on June 1, 2007 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

The other staff:
Monica Goodling, personnel director; Jack Kevorkian, company nurse, Norman Rogers, intern workplace ethics; Egbert, head spellchecker; mrh, factchecker; trashhauler, commandante; MatthewRmarler, company store; steve sailer, equal employment opportunity policy director; al, managing editor...

Posted by: Mike on June 1, 2007 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

To apply for the position, does one need to hate America completely, or is mild dislike sufficient?

Posted by: thersites on June 1, 2007 at 12:06 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with Disputo: please fix the "This page requires AC_RunActiveContent.js" error.

Posted by: Joe on June 1, 2007 at 12:10 PM | PERMALINK

I would like this job, Kevin. I think I could bring fresh perspective that your lacking.

Yes indeed egbert - apply - there are, after all five sides to every story.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on June 1, 2007 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with Disputo: please fix the "This page requires AC_RunActiveContent.js" error.

For your own fix, either disable JavaScript completely, or, if using Firefox, install the Noscript addon, and disable JS specifically for WM.

Posted by: Disputo on June 1, 2007 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

I have no idea what any of that means.

Posted by: Kenji on June 1, 2007 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Yes indeed egbert - apply - there are, after all five sides to every story.

Spewing coffee...yes, and they've fixed the side that got beaten up so badly a few years back.

Posted by: shortstop on June 1, 2007 at 1:12 PM | PERMALINK

Worry not, Kenji. Disputo's just repeating some drrrty stuf he g0t in t0day'5 5pam.

Posted by: shortstop on June 1, 2007 at 1:15 PM | PERMALINK

"I think I could bring fresh perspective that your lacking." -- Egbert

I think "YOU'RE" lacking basic copy-editing skills, Eggie, among other things.

Posted by: Rachel on June 2, 2007 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

Why would the successful candidate have to live in DC?

Posted by: doug r on June 2, 2007 at 10:17 PM | PERMALINK
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