C.S. Hagen And The Circular File

My high school accounting teacher used to use the phrase "circular file" if you brought in late work.

"Mrs. Simon, where do you want me to hand this in at?"

She'd point to the garbage can. "Put it in the circular file."

Speaking of the circular file, let's talk about C.S. Hagen and the High Plains Reader and their latest marriage entitled "The Laney Files Blah Blah Blah."

I use the "blah" because it really is.

His article--after the event is over and people are moving on except for those for whom this protest is their sole identity, apparently--seems to be the standard-grade writing you could expect from him. I find it interesting that he, like the protesters, are still beating a dead horse a year later. They have NOTHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT and so they keep regurgitating the same standard narratives that I outlined in the book. It's all TigerSwan and Selma all the time. High Plains Reader is one of the best papers you can paper-train your dog with.

There is absolutely NOTHING new in Hagen's article; it consists of a rehash of items from The Intercept, and an attempt to list/dox the greatest hits and major players from the protest. It's the same garbage he's been writing for a year. He acts shocked--shocked!--that law enforcement creates detailed lists on who might be associated with whom, and where the trouble could be brewing. This is not a new pattern. This is what it looks like when a journalist tries to milk a dry cow.

Again, as I pointed out in the book, Hagen selectively reported on the protest, only writing positives about the protesters and negatives about law enforcement, even when he acknowledged to one interviewee that he personally saw drug use in the protest camp. You can add this article to the circular file.

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