Fisk on “Fisking”

According to this article, rightwingers in the blogosphere have coined a new insult, fisking, after Robert Fisk.   The author explains that it is used to refer to the process of getting your arguments systematically demolished.

If anything, it should be a badge of honor, a label bestowed for fearless analysis and eye-opening insight. 

Such is the abysmal, know-nothing caliber of so much American debate on the Middle East that the name of one of the greatest commentators on the region writing in the English language can be used as a slur. 

As Fisk notes, Americans must look outside their nation’s media (e.g., The Guardian) for serious coverage of international affairs.  What sad state of affairs.


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