“By now, I’ve no doubt lost most readers with all of this detail,” wrote Yulsman. “Which of course highlights the difficulty of trying to do a journalistically responsible job on a story like this. To provide proper context, and to highlight the uncertainties along with the findings, requires quite a bit of explanation, not all of it terribly compelling. By comparison, waving one’s arms in the air is far easier.”

Until Rose’s arms get tired, it’s good that there’s a large enough blogging core to shut him down.


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Alexis Sobel Fitts is an assistant editor at CJR. Follow her on Twitter at @fittsofalexis.