I dont mean to sound insulting, I really don't but C++ when written properly does not need manual memory management. This demonstrates that you are following a typical trend of this forums. Not trying out C++ before making an opinion and just going by what the rest of the users say. C# however, with threads and critical resources *does* require extremely manual management whereas C++ can use RAII.
As for Seraph and stuff about slash dot.. Not sure. Sounds a bit too trendy for me. Kinda like github and web developers and twitter API integration. Not really my "kinda scene" ;)
I started using Vim exclusively once Microsoft Visual Studio 6 changed and cost me time getting used to the 2002/3 .NET version.
Slashdot? Trendy? HAHA! Is tweed trendy? ;)
As to C++, you can't blame him or many others. Pick up almost any (modern!) book on C++ and they teach it horribly. If C++ started over with C++11 and removed all the cruft and legacy crap... removed the C underpinnings and make it clear that manual memory allocation was a task of last resort, then the language might not be such a terrible thing to recommend to beginners. I have a Safari books online membership and recently looked at the lasted "revised for C++ 11" version of many iconic books, and most of the time they just added a few chapters to the end of the book... they are still functionally teaching C++ like it's 1993.
As it stands right now, with the language, the history, the resources, the existing code... C++ is a collection of hand grenades waiting to explode.