Cheat-Seeking Missles

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Hide The Kids! There's A Journalist Outside!

Many bloggers railed against the NYT for its overblown, under-researched, shrilly anti-military story, Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles, but none have done a better job than that ol' pipe-smoking codger at Iowahawk.

Here's how he set out to do it:
As Casualties Mount, Some Question The Emotional Stability of Media Vets

An Iowahawk Special Investigative Report
With Statistical Guidance from the New York Times

A Denver newspaper columnist is arrested for stalking a story subject. In Cincinnati, a television reporter is arrested on charges of child molestation. A North Carolina newspaper reporter is arrested for harassing a local woman. A drunken Chicago Sun-Times columnist and editorial board member is arrested for wife beating. A Baltimore newspaper editor is arrested for threatening neighbors with a shotgun. In Florida, one TV reporter is arrested for DUI, while another is charged with carrying a gun into a high school. A Philadelphia news anchorwoman goes on a violent drunken rampage, assaulting a police officer. In England, a newspaper columnist is arrested for killing her elderly aunt.

And, oh my, how it does go on, to the point where you'd best warn the kiddies not to hang out around newspapers or broadcast stations. But of course, I've been giving my girls stern warnings in that regard since they were old enough to listen.

You might be tempted to not believe that journos can behave so brutally ... but do so at your own risk and the risk of your loved ones, because Iowahawk has done his homework (probably in his pajamas), and it looks to me to be mighty scientific stuff, on a par with a lot of the best global warming research we see:
Frequent hat-tipee Jim forwarded this along with the line, "Best post of the year!"

At first I was deeply hurt the link he provided didn't lead me to somewhere within my beloved C-SM ... sigh ... but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt. It's some mighty fine blogging.

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