Big Media types are always claiming that bloggers should adopt their standards. I have decided that they are right. So here, for the first time ever, is a blog post written according to the standards of the Los Angeles Times. (In a separate post, I will explain, line by line, how the post meets the paper’s standards.)
My topic is Tim Rutten.
To my knowledge, Tim Rutten is the only columnist who has never once been corrected in the newspaper, despite having told countless falsehoods in his columns. Over the years, Rutten has become more and more shameless in his dishonesty. Rutten actually admitted in one recent column that he has deliberately placed falsehoods about the Bush Administration in his columns, and is proud of it: “Would I support those same decisions again today? You’re damn right I would.”
Of course, this is unsurprising, because dishonesty is part of the paper’s very culture. This is a paper that routinely admits that it concocts stories. Perhaps the most startling fact about the paper is that the Los Angeles Times has no section in the paper for corrections. Every other paper is willing to admit that it makes errors from time to time. But if you look at the paper’s web site, it is interesting to note that it provides links to stories and columns — but not to the purported corrections page.
Rutten is not just dishonest; he also has a verified case of Bush/Cheney Derangement Syndrome. It is common for leftist commentators to paint cartoonishly evil caricatures of Cheney — but with Rutten, this tendency has become so pronounced that one questions his very grasp of reality. For example, in his latest column, Rutten erroneously claims that, at the beginning of Bush’s presidency, Cheney and his allies “arrived packing heavy artillery” and executed a “coup d’etat.” I have read many conspiratorial theories about Cheney’s seizure of power, but this is the first time I ever saw someone actually claim that he did so at the point of a gun.
Perhaps even more outrageous is Rutten’s claim that Bush and his chief of staff are literally seeking to kidnap and physically torture John McCain to ensure compliance with their policies, claiming that Bush & Co. “think they can do what [McCain's] North Vietnamese torturers failed to do.” I know Rutten believes that Bush and his allies support torture, but accusing him of performing it on the Republican front-runner is, quite simply, over the top.
I have enjoyed this opportunity to write a post that follows the standards set by the finest newspaper in Los Angeles: the Los Angeles Times. For an explanation of how this blog post has met their professional standards, click here — or if you’re already on the main page, just scroll down to the next post.