‘A special section of Hell’: Laid-off journalists are not appreciating the suggestion they learn to code

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As Twitchy reported earlier this week, it was a bad week for journalists and bloggers. BuzzFeed announced it was laying off 15 percent of its workforce, or about 250 people, and the HuffPost Opinion section was scrapped entirely.

As we said before, we ourselves work in media and certainly can’t celebrate writers being laid off, but we’re also conservatives, and so we can’t be too upset with all of the people who are telling those laid-off journalists to “learn to code.”

Here’s the editor-in-chief of Jalopnik:

I believe there is a special, dedicated section of Hell just for people with anime twitter avatars who tell laid-off journalists to “learn to code”

— Punished "Venom" Patrick George (@bypatrickgeorge) January 24, 2019

There is: their own sad, pathetic lives. No person who is at all happy grabs an anime avatar and goes shitposting at people who just lost their job.

— Max Kennerly (@MaxKennerly) January 25, 2019

When a president says he’s going to put your industry out of business and the response is that workers with a lifetime of experience should just learn to code? Yeah, that kind of stings when it’s your job on the line.


— Gary Eaton (@garysteveneaton) January 25, 2019

learn. to. code.

— Dream (@DreamDeveloper_) January 25, 2019

Learn to code

— autistic weeaboo (@autisticweeab00) January 25, 2019

if ( HuffPoJob == 0 ) { cout << "Learn to coden";}

— Jeremy (@IH8Twitr) January 25, 2019

Expand your skillset pic.twitter.com/t03hyP4y78

— heavens_feel (@heavens_feel) January 26, 2019

BREAKING: Journos that once smugly told you "Learn to code" now dislike being told "Learn to code." pic.twitter.com/WvV3CPnOom

— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) January 26, 2019

I recommend you channel your anger into learning to code 😊

— john holt (@bigboy2716) January 25, 2019

Good point, but have you ever thought about learning to code?

— Steven the Illustrator (@StevenWayneArt) January 25, 2019

It's been a little over 2 hours. Have you learned to code?

— Spac3D@ndy (@d_spac3) January 25, 2019

I completely agree, George!

These people should take a moment, meditate, and remember that there are only 3 things in life that they can control:1. Effort2. Attitude3. When they learn how to code

— Hank the Tank (@HenryTheETH) January 25, 2019

Bachelor's in journalism here.

Learn to code.

— planefag (@planefag) January 26, 2019

I'd start with Javascript or Python.

— Estaban (@Estaban_Peligro) January 25, 2019

If (NPC.triggered == "TRUE") then print ("Learn to Code")

— Marvin R (@madmarvcr) January 26, 2019

*Coal industry dies*Journalists: "Learn to code, miners."

*Overfunded tech company dies*Journalists: "LOL Theranos 2. Suck it, techbro man-babies."

*Overfunded media company lays off 10 people*Journalists: "Capitalism is evil and this is the end of our democracy."

— Preston Byrne (@prestonjbyrne) January 26, 2019


— Voortrekker 🇺🇸🇬🇧🇿🇦 (@yung_warspite) January 25, 2019

https://t.co/QqnAK6xHlWThis article from 6 years ago really backfired didnt it #learntocode

— LayzeeCJ (@CjLayzee) January 25, 2019

I believe there is a special, dedicated section of Hell just for journalists who don't know how to code.

— Pro Coder s4s (@s4skun) January 24, 2019

There's also a special place in Hell for the ratioed. I hear it's where you can learn to code.

— Doctor Nerdly (@DoctorNerdly) January 25, 2019

I'd tell you to learn to code but the field is swamped with H1B low-paid workers. Pro-tip though: Don't try complaining about it because it will make you a racist for opposing mass importation to drive employee wages down. pic.twitter.com/z3KDZpslET

— an egg (@__an_egg) January 25, 2019

For decades journalists have been telling blue collar workers to “just deal with it” & adapt when it comes to losing their jobs to globalization & technology.

Today, anyone with a working knowledge of history, & a blog or podcast, can do journalism.

Schadenfreude, anyone?

— escapedthematrix (@RPpragmatic) January 25, 2019

Isn’t “learn to code” a saying journos tell rural working class people? I’d think “learn to code” would be more relevant to a laid off journalist?

— Anthony 🇬🇷🇺🇸 (@Tone1988) January 25, 2019

“Learn to code” was the advice journalists offered in op-ed after op-ed to blue collar workers in the heartland as their industries dried up and they were laid off.

They’re just returning that helpful counsel, Patrick.

🦀🦀🦀 https://t.co/qzihdsNumz

— Katie (@KatieS_1) January 25, 2019

Journalists have been telling that to rural coal miners and factory workers for years. Now is time for another dying industry to adapt with change

🇵🇷Alberto S.🇺🇸 (@asierra4058) January 25, 2019

The jobs aren’t coming back. There’s not a magic wand. You should learn to code.

— Eric Rasmussen (@eric_ras) January 25, 2019

But what's the matter? Their jobs won't come back, they're offering you a solution.

— O Avantesma (@PikasLePepe) January 24, 2019

Learn to take fast food orders then.

— JWF (@JammieWF) January 25, 2019

Okay join a construction crew, be useful to society.

— AmericanCrusader (@AmericanCrusad3) January 25, 2019

It’s okay, I don’t know how to code either. Try learning to lift heavy things, I learned that!

— You List Ease (@UlyssesAsteroid) January 25, 2019

Maybe they could pick up a musical instrument pic.twitter.com/YxmHZdCLs2

— zarkinfrood (@zarkinfrood) January 24, 2019

Well they can learn to mine coal if they don't like coding.

— BagofDoom (@thebagofdoom) January 25, 2019

Exit question: How many BuzzFeed and HuffPost journalists do you think voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016? You know, the candidate who said, “We’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”


More layoffs: The beautiful, diverse, inclusive HuffPost Opinion section just got the ax https://t.co/J1GUKX4B0V

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) January 25, 2019

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