Patterico's Pontifications


Sharing a Lawyer as Evidence of Coordination: Also in the Eye of the Beholder

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 11:48 pm

So. N.Z. Bear reports that the DNC is sharing a lawyer with a 527 organization (, as it happens). The New York Times confirms that another Kerry lawyer is being shared with another 527 group. The Times asks the Kerry camp about it, and lets them get away with a non-answer. Then the Times buries the whole thing deep inside an article about alleged coordination between the Bush campaign and the Swift Vets — based on the sharing of a lawyer!

Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports all of this — including the possible sharing of yet another lawyer by the DNC and — as simply defensive allegations made by the Bush lawyer. Allegations, by the way, that the Post doesn’t bother to check into — or even ask the Kerry campaign about. And, yet again, this appears in a story devoted to the fact that the Bush campaign and the Swift Vets have shared a lawyer.

Got it. Makes perfect sense to me.

We’ve seen that the concept of a “web of connections” is in the eye of the beholder. So, apparently, is the concept of “coordination.”

P.S. As the Post story points out, sharing a lawyer isn’t illegal. No wonder it was a Page One story.

A Note on Traffic

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 11:28 pm

On August 16 the blog passed 200,000 lifetime visitors — and then it got a Luciannelanche the next day that put it well on the way to a quarter of a million.

It’s a thrill to be building a solid readership, and it’s fun to think back to recent times (November 18. 2003, to be exact), when I boasted of having over 10,000 lifetime visitors. (The Lucy-lanche provided far more than that on August 17 alone.)

The Elephant in the Emergency Room

Filed under: Immigration — Patterico @ 11:21 pm

Michael Williams identifies the elephant in the room when it comes to the reasons emergency rooms are losing money (and therefore closing down) in L.A.

I’ll give you one guess as to what the real problem is. Hint: the L.A. Times refuses to mention it.

UPDATE: Actually, that’s a bit unfair. The Times‘s Steve Lopez tells you the problem, straight up — the same day I said the paper wouldn’t. Of course, he finds a way to blame it on you. But at least he mentions the source of the problem.

I Don’t Get It

Filed under: Blogging Matters — Patterico @ 11:05 pm

Where did this guy get the idea that I don’t like the L.A. Times?

Deja Vu All Over Again — Again

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 10:57 pm

Captain Ed reports still more inconsistencies in John Kerry’s Vietnam narrative.

Man, how many times have I written substantially that same sentence in the past several weeks??

Blogger Research Kills Big Media

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 7:19 am

Hugh Hewitt says today that internet blogs are blowing away Big Media on the details of John Kerry’s exploits in Vietnam. Hugh’s right — and here are a couple more posts to prove it.

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