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Twitter has shut down @salondotcom, the brilliant parody account making fun of the actual loony-leftishness of the web magazine. Lo, it turns out that one of the geniuses behind @salondotcom was one of our TAC alumni!:

At approximately 5:50 P.M. EST, it became known that Twitter had shut down @Salondotcom, a hilarious parody of Salon run by The Daily Caller’s opinion editor, Jordan Bloom, and his roommate, Rob Mariani. @Salondotcom constantly tweeted fake headlines that perfectly aped Salon‘s everyone-is-racist-and-Republicans-are-worse-than-Hitler shtick.

Well done, Jordan! My favorite @salondotcom tweet (unembeddable now that the account has been suspended) was:

Why Rick Santorum has mashed bananas in the part of his head where a brain should be and has doodoo where his peepee should be

— Salon.com (@Salondotcom) June 24, 2014

Mediaite reported late last month who ran @Salondotcom — I’m so out of it I’m just now learning this — and included an interview with Jordan and his roommate Rob Mariani, the other guy behind @Salondotcom:

What was the inspiration behind creating @SalonDotCom?
There’s something especially smug and easy to parody about Salon, we all know this. The breathless way they report on the ongoing tea party/neoconfederate coup, the contempt for religious people, the communist apologetics, the soul-searching about whether Miley Cyrus should be allowed to twerk, the self-satisfied — shit-eating, really — way they present things that are just wrong. What’s shocking is that millions of people believe this stupidity. But more than that, the sort of identity politics shot-calling that they do almost always replaces more meaningful criticism, which isn’t good for music or art or politics, and it really does pose a threat to free expression.

The great thing about @Salondotcom was that it was often hard to tell the difference between its fake Salon stories, and the real thing. This is not a parody:

#FreeSalondotcom is the hashtag of the day.


about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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