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Saturday, October 01, 2005

Blogging of those NYT columns...

...Bill O'Reilly doesn't like the negative tone of the post-Katrina commentary, giving the Times his Most Ridiculous Item distinction on last night's program:

One month ago today, Hurricane Katrina (search) hit, and since then the wind has been unbelievable in the media. Just for fun, I had the "Factor" research staff check out to see just how many anti-Bush editorials and op-eds The New York Times has printed since the storm blew in. The number is 53. There have been 53 anti-Bush columns in the New York Times (search) in a month.

My question to that paper is why bother? Why not just put the bold letters up on the editorial pages, "We hate Bush." You don't need any back up. You hate him, we got it.

My guess as to why they "bother", Bill, is that some media outlets prefer to try to present reasoned arguments with evidence, rather than resort to pure demagoguery. Katrina has been the dominant news story of the past month, and the Bush admin botched it disastrously, hence there are many unflattering commentary pieces on Bush and the storm response. This is far from surprising.