Sunday, July 29, 2007
We don't kill no widows in these parts: Note to NYT's Andrew Adam Newman: That's my quote, buddy--which explains why Steven den Beste, to whom you attribute it, had those two little marks on either end.... P.S. This is the classic sort of error usually introduced by an editor trying to save space. Print editors do have to save space. But web editors don't. That's a major, unremarked virtue of blogs over newspapers when it comes to the newspaper's alleged unique selling proposition: accuracy. In fact, the need to fit copy to a limited space is a powerful error-creating machine in both dailies and magazines. Harried print editors compress, and get it wrong. Or they fool around trying to simplify attribution and get it wrong. Or they guiltlessly edit quotes within quotation marks and (by definition) get them wrong. ... In cyberspace,, if it takes one more line to get it right, you can take one more line. I haven't killed a widow in so long I've forgotten what it feels like. ... [You're just pissed off they gave your quote to den Beste, but to avoid seeming petty you had to dress it up with a Larger Point--ed Worked out well, I thought.]
P.S.--He'll be tasked with launching the new "Upward Failure" section: At least the LAT didn't just promote the unpopular editor who seems to have gratuitously killed a perfectly good Patrick Goldstein column last week, a column that might have upset the paper's beleaguered business side! Oh, wait. Meet Managing Editor Until Zell, John Montorio! ... 9:41 P.M. link
Saturday, July 28, 2007
The Iowa Way! Tom Bevan on Bill Richardson:
I'm beginning to think Bill Richardson possesses some sort of Jedi-mind trick capability, which would explain not only why he's been able to convince vicious dictators to do his bidding but also why he continues to rise in the polls despite some sub par debate performances and an incoherent appearance on Meet the Press that might have derailed other candidates.
Richardson's latest knee-slapper was his assertion yesterday that Iowa is one of the Top 10 states in the country at risk of a terrorist attack.
Give him credit: It's not easy to invent a new way to pander to Iowans. ... But it's worth it because of the brilliant candidate-picking judgment the state's caucusers have shown over the years. ... Update: Iowa ex-governor Tom Vilsack criticizes Obama for criticizing Clinton. "It's not the Iowa way." The Iowa Way! What's the Iowa Way again? Oh, right--never be mean to another Democrat in a way that might reveal his or her flaws or ability to respond under fire! That way you can make an uninformed and disastrous gut choice at the last minute. ... 12:56 P.M.
Friday, July 27, 2007