Daily Podcast: A Bad Reflection on Us?
As you know, TTAC has a simple posting policy: no flaming the website, it's authors or fellow commentators. As some commentators have [rightly] pointed out, the policy contains a glaring inconsistency: we allow flaming of third parties. GM Car Czar Bob Lutz, Toyota, The New York Times, President Bush, etc. have all been flame-broiled on this site. [NB: if Bob Lutz or George Bush posted on TTAC, they'd have anti-flame protection.] My only defense for this obvious double standard: it works. I'm not going to make that case by pointing to any of the incisive remarks penned by our Best and Brightest. Instead, I'd like to draw your attention to the comments (and picture of a douche) underneath a Jalopnik link to my last GM Death Watch. If you share some of these sentiments about TTAC, I invite you to voice them right here, right now. All I ask is that you do so in a civilized manner. Because that's who we are, and that's what you do. Meanwhile, Justin and I discuss the day's news.
Without snide remarks, it would not be a review at all. Why do you think actors hate critics? The snarky remarks are part of the art form. Only the most glowing reviews are without snideness, and they always have other forms of humor to replace it. In fact, I would bet that hundreds, if not thousands, of auto reviews contain snide remarks that even the author did not agree with. He put them in the review because he wanted to show off his wit.