Tuesday, September 09, 2008


I've been using acronyms that are befuddling people. Here's a glossary. If there are others (or references you just can't figure out) let me know.

MSM - Main Stream Media. Not sure of the origin. Hit my consciousness sometime in the first Bush II term.

PB 0.5/1.0/2.0 - Progressive Blogosphere [version number]. The first upsurge of progressive blogs is the 1.0, now downgraded to 0.5, version. Their capitulation to the MSM has led to the question WKJM? And also to attempts to found PB 2.0. See Corrente for discussions on getting 2.0 up and running.

SCLM - So Called Liberal Media. Origin is from Eric Alterman of Altercation. See his books on the topic.

WKJM - Who (whoever) Kidnapped Josh Marshall. Origin is the Incomparable Bob Somerby of The Daily Howler who was trying to figure out why the previous thoughtful and rational Josh Marshall, founder of Talking Points Memo, had turned into a pewling, lying shill.

Update - Corrente has an extensive glossary here. Reading it over, I realize that my vocabulary is in need of expansion.



G. said...

What is 61 or *61? Some sort of reference to Obama, but what?

Anglachel said...

Got me on that one, G. Anybody else here have more of a clue than us?


Palomino said...

WKJM is also, now "Whoever Kidnapped Jeralyn Merritt."

Anglachel said...

Palomino, I think I was the first person to tie the two together in this post "Listen to Ed Kilgore", but I admit I didn't recognize the dual-purpose acronym.


zrusilla said...

Corrente (http://www.correntewire.com) keeps an extensive glossary.

I love Americans' colorful political vocabulary. Who else would come up with delightful terms like gerrymandering, ratfucking, and The Orange Cheeto?

Palomino said...

Anglachel: Yes, I remember reading your post and really appreciating your having made that connection; wish I had remembered to reference it.

Ivory Bill Woodpecker said...

Off-topic: the state of Georgia is preparing to execute a man whose guilt is highly dubious. Details at


harpie said...

Many thanks, from one of the befuddled!

katiebird said...

61 is the year Obama was born. But, I've never heard of anyone calling him "61"

Stephen A said...

61* is a movie about Yankee sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris trying to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record of 60 set in 1927. Since baseball seasons had grown from 154 in Babe Ruth's day to 162, Comissioner Ford Frick (an Ruth partisan) declared that if the record isn't broken in 154 games, the new mark would go into the record books with an asterisk by it, or a "distinctive mark" as Frick puts it.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/61* for more.

61* goes to the issue of legitmacy to some. It doesn't help that not only had help from a complicit media and spineless superdelegates but he was also born in 1961. Eerie to say the least...

Styria said...

I'm a conservative. We were already using MSM on FreeRepublic back in the 90s and maybe also calling them the "Lame-Stream Media" LSM at that point.

Rush calls them the Drive-By Media, like gangsters rushing through, tossing all their crap and hoping something sticks.

hesperia said...

Yeah, like Rush isn't the king of "drive-by".

owenaprhys said...

g. IT references the '61 baseball season when Roger Maris broke the Home run record, but there were two players that season who were in a race to break it. the * is the notation that there was some speculation on the record. so Obama has speculation in the reace and his birth year (61) and the speculation that all isn't on the up and up.

Palomino, I hear you! She actually BANNED me for DARING to argue with her over the Palin thing.

Shainzona said...

Oh...d*mn. Now that we're talking in birth years, I'm definitely screwed. I mean if I change my web name to 46, who will bother to listen?

Seriously, if 61 means BO's birth year and is the new code word for him being youthful and part of the new generation, I give up.

Actually, call me 46 from now on...I can take on any one of these wippersnappers with one hand (and I'm a women, to boot!).

Bring 'em on!

ex-pat said...

I believe that *61 refers to Highway 61 as Obama has referred to it in many repeats of his earlier speech:-

"I'm planning a trip down highway 61 to coincide with the lead up to the Nov 4 election, beginning approximately mid October, starting out in Minnesota...who's up for an adventure?"

Put that together with Bob Dylan's "Highway 61"and "Highway 61 Revisited", a painful, circuitous route to nowhere, and it = Obama *61.

As my former idols fall by the wayside, may I add, sacreligiously, I know, WKJW, Whoever kipnapped James Wolcott?