i don't think they are primarily trying to be funny. i think they sound exasperated.
the very first thing that popped in my mind after reading this article was the memory of that vintage commercial (from the 80's?) where the bedraggled, beaten author wakes up at 5am, drags herself miserably out of bed in obligatory routine, and plods over to the word processor and sighs: "Its time to make up another filler-piece for the Memphis Flyer..."
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