Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Blind leading the blind
Mary Mapes: (via POwerline)
Within a few minutes, I was online visiting Web sites I had never heard of before: Free Republic, Little Green Footballs, Power Line. They were hard-core, politically angry, hyperconservative sites loaded with vitriol about Dan Rather and CBS. Our work was being compared to that of Jayson Blair, the discredited New York Times reporter who had fabricated and plagiarized stories.
All these Web sites had extensive write-ups on the documents: on typeface, font style, and peripheral spacing, material that seemed to spring up overnight. It was phenomenal. It had taken our analysts hours of careful work to make comparisons. It seemed that these analysts or commentators--or whatever they were--were coming up with long treatises in minutes. They were all linking to one another, creating an echo chamber of outraged agreement.
Neither she nor Gunga Dan have a clue to how things actually work. Can anyone be more out of touch and obtuse?
It took her analysts countless hours of careful work?
I'm sorry, I'm having a hard time getting up off the floor from laughing so hard. Just think of how hard someone like Mapes has to work to be so bloody dumb.
posted by Mark Butterworth |