Sunday, May 14, 2006

The New York Times: Knows Less Than Some Children

John Hinderaker of Powerline wrote in Purple Haze at the Times that it is “freaking unbelievable” that the people at the NY Times could describe a Purple Heart as a Purple Star. Flying Debris concurs, what kindergarten did these kids attend? Hinderaker wonders whether "a single adult American who didn't know that the medal that is awarded to wounded servicemen is the Purple Heart.” Powerline is referring to this correction in Saturday’s NY Times “The article also misstated the name of a service medal that a general presented to Sergeant Gomez's mother. It is a Purple Heart, not a Purple Star” the Times wrote.

The editors at the NY Times should be able to remember two whole years ago when they repeatedly told of John Kerry’s bravery in receiving three Purple Hearts. When it comes to arguments some liberal folks tend to argue as if the world’s knowledge had a starting point of this morning. By this I mean that some have a tendency to argue clearly settled arguments, of course they wait until enough time has passed that many may have forgetten the arguments of the other side.

An example of this would be the nonsense that lower deficits always lower interest rates and the opposite, that higher deficits always lead to higher interest rates. This was part of the “raising taxes lowers the deficit which lowers interest rates which sends the economy to the moon” theory. The practitioners of this nonsense had lain off of that argument for a little while during the last few years due the fact that the deficit was rising as interest rates fell. Give them a little time and they are right back at it with a new twist; the rising deficit combined with falling interest rates didn’t happen. That’s right, it simply didn’t happen. They rightly expect that one does not attend cocktail parties with government reports. The above has actually happened to me.

Maybe the reporter and editor involved simply had no knowledge carried over from the past. Their world may be a blank slate each and every morning, the world is much less pesky that way.


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