Patterico's Pontifications

1/18/2005

New York Times Reprints Irresponsible Gossip, Endangers Lives, Leaves Out the Other Side, and Calls It a Day

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 7:05 pm

The New York Times today runs an article titled Pro-American Iraqi Blog Provokes Intrigue and Vitriol. It is about Iraq the Model, and the tinfoil-hat accusations that they are connected with the CIA.

The piece is stunningly incompetent. It doesn’t even merit the term “journalism.”
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We have a name for them too: Losers

Filed under: Education — AMac @ 7:46 am

So Time is running a big story on “Twixters,” the obnoxiously named group of people who do things like take 5-6 years to finish college and then still live with their parents.

Being closer to the college age than a lot of Time readers, believe me when I say that there are a lot of people like this. I know them. I suspect that some of my younger relatives will be them.

Here’s a partial justification for their shiftlessness:

The twixters aren’t lazy, the argument goes, they’re reaping the fruit of decades of American affluence and social liberation. This new period is a chance for young people to savor the pleasures of irresponsibility, search their souls and choose their life paths. But more historically and economically minded scholars see it differently.

Let me let you all in on a little secret: these people are not growing up because it is easier to continue mooching off mom and dad. You’d be surprised at how fast these people would get jobs and become responsible adults if they got off the dole, just like we saw in 1996 with welfare reform.

I too have a name for this group of people: fucking losers.

Outside the Tent

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 6:28 am

While I was away, the L.A. Times started up an interesting feature called “Outside the Tent.” The paper describes it in this way:

An experimental column in which the Los Angeles Times invites outside critics to take their best shot at Southern California’s heaviest newspaper.

The first installment, by Mickey Kaus, is here. (It makes the rather unusual suggestion that the paper needs a gossip column.)

It’s a great idea, at least in theory. It remains to be seen how it will work in practice. However, I am greatly encouraged by the fact that one of the upcoming critics will be Hugh Hewitt. Hugh will pull no punches — and if the Times tries to pull Hugh’s punches, we’ll hear about it.

P.S. I take it as a compliment that Michelle Malkin and Wizbang have suggested that I get a crack at this space. I’d surely enjoy it — though I have no idea how I would get all my complaints into just a few hundred words.


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