Definitions

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  • noun A rebuttal to an article or blog made by quoting its content in sections and refuting each section individually.

Etymologies

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Named after journalist Robert Fisk. Originated in the blogosphere.

Examples

  • If you’re interested in fisking Beck’s pronouncements, or more importantly in looking to Beck for a comparative review of European political movements, then pity’s not strong enough of a word for my feeling towards you. joe from Lowell says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Glenn Beck Slams Far-Right

  • Today Eli ran across a rather longer fisking aka comment, by another Mike, Michael MacCracken, hosted on Climate Science Watch.

    The Mikes have the Willies

  • Today Eli ran across a rather longer fisking aka comment, by another Mike, Michael MacCracken, hosted on Climate Science Watch.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • The term fisking – which you dont use but merely link to – is such a childish and clunky phrase that slanders a true journalist.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stabbing and Backs

  • The term fisking – which you dont use but merely link to – is such a childish and clunky phrase that slanders a true journalist.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stabbing and Backs

  • The term fisking – which you dont use but merely link to – is such a childish and clunky phrase that slanders a true journalist.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stabbing and Backs

  • The term fisking – which you dont use but merely link to – is such a childish and clunky phrase that slanders a true journalist.

    Matthew Yglesias » Stabbing and Backs

  • It's called fisking and it's been around forever in internet time that is.

    "What the Congress Can Do for America," by Mr. Bush, the president of the United States. (A translation.)

  • I'm not normally big on fisking as a form of commentary, but Travers has stacked so many grotesque opinions, misleading statements, and easily-refuted conclusions into one article that a fisking is the only appropriate way to deal with his viral strain of ignorance.

    Ideology and ignorance, a toxic mix

  • I'm not normally big on fisking as a form of commentary, but Travers has stacked so many grotesque opinions, misleading statements, and easily-refuted conclusions into one article that a fisking is the only appropriate way to deal with his viral strain of ignorance.

    Archive 2007-04-01

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  • A line-by-line, or paragraph-by-paragraph, refutation of an odious written work, often with an acidic or sardonic tone. Pilfered from Public Intellectual 2.0, William Beutler.

    January 15, 2009