Patterico's Pontifications


More “Improvement” By L.A. Times Editors

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 8:22 pm

In the post immediately preceding this one, I praise an editor at the Los Angeles Times for improving a story. A commenter named Josh Persons pointed me to a story of an L.A. Times editor improving an article in a less admirable way: pinching a paragraph from the Washington Post.

How An Editor at the Los Angeles Times Improved a Story

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 5:47 pm

When you beat up a paper day in and day out, it’s only fair to note when it does something right.

So I’d like to take this opportunity to show you how an editor at the Los Angeles Times took a fairly biased story, and made it less biased.


Filed under: Accepted Wisdom — Patterico @ 6:47 am

(Accepted Wisdom™ is a semi-regular feature of this site, highlighting contradictory viewpoints held by the elite.)

It is Accepted Wisdom™ that:

America is just as bad as Saddam. For example, Abu Ghraib under American occupation is like Abu Ghraib under Saddam. After all, at Abu Ghraib, “Saddam’s torture chamber reopened under new management.”

And at the same time:

Bush supporters should not defend American occupation by pointing out that Saddam was worse. The right has no business comparing Abu Ghraib under American occupation to Abu Ghraib under Saddam. Sure, it may have been worse under Saddam, but we hold ourselves to a higher standard.

The Terror Alert System Is Stupid

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 6:14 am

Let’s look into the future, shall we? There will be another terrorist attack in this country. (Oh, you didn’t realize that? Well, there will be.)

And it’s a good bet that the terror threat level will not be at red at the moment the attack occurs.

So, in addition to the investigations about why Bush wasn’t able to prevent the attack, we’ll get investigations as to why we weren’t on red alert status.

This is all so incredibly predictable.

If Bush had deliberately set out to be blamed for the next terrorist attack, he couldn’t have done a much better job.

What a stupid mess. Whose idea was this system anyway?

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