Clueless Prog Writer Sacrifices His Professional Credibility To Make A “Joke” Then Can’t Figure Out Why He Can’t Find Work

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The clueless Prog writer is some guy named Kaleb Horton. Here is his “joke”:

Here is him bragging that he fooled people:


The internet is always stupider than you think. When you’re telling a joke to an audience of anonymous online strangers, as long as the setup is believable no amount of absurdism in the punchline will give the game away.


So every once in a while I try to test the limits of that joke format. And on Friday, I struck the mother lode: I took a quote from economist/sociologist Thorstein Veblen’s seminal 1899 work The Theory of the Leisure Class and attributed it to Lena Dunham’s new book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl. I know almost nothing about Veblen; I just thought it was a funny way to say I don’t like rich people.

Okay, raise your hand if you knew who Thorstein Veblen was. Raise your other hand if you recognized that passage quoted by Horton as belonging to Veblen. If you have both hands raised, give yourself a round of applause.

I’ll be honest and admit that I never heard of Thorstein Veblen until today. But then again none of my degrees was in economics. That quote is not something that most people would recognize.

But wait! There’s more!

Obviously, Lena Dunham, who has chapters like “Take My Virginity (No, Really, Take It),” is not writing anything in the same universe as the Veblen quote, which critiques the cultural fallout of the Gilded Age while using words like “impinge” and “forfeiture” and “exigencies.” The joke made ten or so of my political science major friends smirk, which is all I thought it would do.

Then a miracle happened: It got retweeted by Instapundit, a conservative blogger who is read by a lot of relatively respectable people. That led to syndicated radio host and frequent FOX News contributor Tammy Bruce picking it up. She has since deleted the post, but she sent my joke along and added one word: “OMG.” All of a sudden, my joke was hopping around the right-wing Twittersphere, only nobody knew I was joking. As far as my new audience was concerned, that Veblen quote was the work of 28-year-old comedy auteur Lena Dunham, a known liberal.

These FOX News viewers were instantly angry with the Not That Kind of Girl author—not that it takes that much to get conservatives pissed off at Dunahm. She needed an editor; she had the audacity to use the word “exigencies”; she just wrote the world’s worst term paper. It was time for her to go down. This was the last straw. Comments generally fell into four categories, all of them convinced of the quote’s veracity.

Actually, they weren’t all convinced of the quote’s veracity. They just assumed that Kaleb Horton was accurately quoting Dunham’s book. This was Twitter, after all, and most people don’t fact-check every tweet they read.

They made the mistake of trusting Horton to tell the truth, but he lied. That is a cardinal sin in journalism, or at least it used to be. Horton falsely attributed a quote by Veblen to Dunham, using his own credibility to sell the lie, then he mocked people for falling for it.

Here’s the ironic part:

He doesn’t even understand what he did wrong.

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38 Responses to Clueless Prog Writer Sacrifices His Professional Credibility To Make A “Joke” Then Can’t Figure Out Why He Can’t Find Work

  1. The Klown says:

    He actually mocks people who were skeptical that Dunham really wrote that passage for being skeptical. Others just thought it was poorly written.

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  3. DeniseVB says:

    Never heard of Kaleb Horton and what little I know of Lena Dunham’s work I could tell right away that’s not her writing style. With that said, he’s more than qualified to work for the Juice Vox team 🙂

  4. swanspirit says:

    Quite a few Vile Prog Bloggers thought it was funny too .But the irony is so twisted , they don’t like it if you agree with them that any moron could see Lena Dunham could not possibly have written that . (giggle )

  5. Lulu says:

    My first question why does he have time to do such unimportant, abstruse, meaningless crap? Then it answered itself: he is an unemployed creative class who has to use old actors photos for an icon. Nothing is real for them. Not their persona, their work, or their time. Just crap. Accomplish nothing. Then shriek like a hyena. Taking a shower would have more meaning and be more productive.

  6. The Klown says:

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  8. votermom says:

    I skeduled an ebola post 8 am Klown time

    Will work on my twitter post now, only 1 week late

  9. The Klown says:

    • DeniseVB says:

      Statute of limitations in Ohio is 20 years per the article. So why doesn’t she turn “Barry” in ? The way she describes his behavior with other girls he sure sounds like a serial woman abuser or something. Why aren’t her lefty pals calling for her to do the right thing? Or her former classmates? Weird and she’s making millions ……

      Now there’s a funny project for Kaleb Horton, write an essay “I Am Barry” and make up more stuff in Dunham’s fantasy……like how “blood got splattered on the wall like a crime scene” 😉

    • swanspirit says:

      Yes actually , she is that kind of girl . The one that cannot get any attention any other way , so she talks about sex all the time .

  10. HELENK3 says:

    lets face it George Carlton he ain’t

  11. HELENK3 says:

    saw this last night. good for him and thank him for his service

  12. The Klown says:

    DWTS – Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Do The Carlton Dance:

  13. lyn says:

    If you read the comments to the NYT article that humanized Ebola guy, most people had no problem with his lying to get into the United States. They also were outraged about the talk of prosecution while he is fighting for his life, and many didn’t think he should be prosecuted.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Not to worry, Jesse Jackson’s in town, he’ll race it up.

    • lizzy says:

      Consider that the source is the New York Times, the last refuge of idiots. It is premature to consider prosecution-it’s unnecessary to prosecute him when he dies. Talk about the expense of a trial if he survives.

  14. votermom says:

    My ebola post is up.

  15. gainny says:

    I recognized the Veblen quote (I read Theory of the Leisure Class decades ago). The first clue is the opening: “The leisure class is. . . .” Bells should have gone off. People are so ill-read and gullible; evidently nobody bothered to use a search engine. I barely know who Lena Dunham is, but how could anyone think she wrote that?

    Veblen is entertaining if you like dry humor.

  16. James says:

    You seem a little bit angry. Maybe some therapeutic macrame or pilates?

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