Patterico's Pontifications

3/4/2004

TWO SCARY WORDS: “BABY XRLQ”

Filed under: Bear Flag League — Patterico @ 10:35 pm

Blogger Xrlq is going to be a dad! Congratulations!

And thanks to Justene, another blogger, for translating Xrlq’s “announcement.”

BALDILOCKS TRIES TO VOTE REPUBLICAN IN SOUTH CENTRAL

Filed under: Race — Patterico @ 10:30 pm

Blogger Baldilocks tried to vote Republican in South Central L.A. yesterday. It wasn’t easy. Read about it here. (Via Smash.)

AT LEAST THEY DIDN’T CALL RICHARD STRAUSS “ANTI-CHOICE”

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:52 am

Kevin Roderick at L.A. Observed has a wonderful story about liberal bias at the L.A. Times resulting in a very silly mistake.

Last week, an opera reviewer at the Times filed a review of the L.A. Opera’s performance of Richard Strauss’s “Die Frau Ohne Schatten.” According to Roderick, the reviewer wrote that the opera is “an incomparably glorious and goofy pro-life paean…”

Apparently, some copy editor saw the word “pro-life” and reflexively changed it to “anti-abortion.” The only problem is that the Strauss opera has nothing whatsoever to do with abortion. It is exactly what the reviewer had said: a celebration of procreation.

Read the L.A. Observed account linked above for the follow-up story. The Times issued two corrections concerning this piece — one correcting the error, and a second explaining that the error wasn’t the reviewer’s fault. The “Reader’s Representative” then issued an internal memo criticizing the second correction, explaining that corrections should not explain who made the mistake. As the memo explains:

The thinking is that readers don’t care who made the mistake.

Ah, but when the mistake reflects a reflexive liberal bias, we do care.

P.S. I have concluded that, if aliens from outer space ever attack our planet, the headline in the L.A. Times the next day will be “Undocumented Workers Invade Earth.” (This headline will follow an intense debate regarding whether the word “invade” is insensitive.)

UPDATE: Reuters has picked up the story. Reuters confirms L.A. Observed’s report that Swed meant to describe the opera as “pro-life” and not “anti-abortion” — but was thwarted by unthinking political correctness. Swed is quoted as saying:

It’s about children who aren’t born yet screaming to be born — not abortion. . . . Somebody who didn’t quite get it got a little bit too politically correct . . . and we had a little breakdown in communications.

(Reuters link courtesy of Justin Levine at Calblog.)

OH, THAT LIBERAL MEDIA

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:30 am

What would you call someone who supports expansive abortion rights, gay marriage, gun control, racial preferences, the redistribution of wealth, pro-environmental stances, campaign finance reform, open borders, increased welfare benefits, a “living Constitution,” the “right to die,” and a multilateral foreign policy — and opposes the death penalty, school prayer, tax cuts, states’ rights, lengthy prison sentences, aggressive police tactics, and Israeli efforts to combat terrorism?

My guess is that you might call such a person “liberal.”

What if you had to depend upon such a person for all the information you received about current events? How confident would you be that you were getting an unbiased account of what is going on in the world?

Well, I have some bad news for you.
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