New York Times: a Dreadful Parody of a Real Newspaper
Why do I feel so happy? The New York Times is writing off $814.4 million of the value of its New England newspapers. This catastrophic meltdown was presaged by a disastrous drop in quality. Need evidence? Try a search over at the Times site for the phrase "disastrous war." That's one of the Times' pathetic and oft-used catch-phrases that demonstrates a distinct lack of quality and creativity.
The Times' mission of derailing the war effort relies upon a monotonic drumbeat of defeat. Reusing the same anti-American phrases for months and years on end has turned out to be a wonderful predictor of the paper's business results. In a word: awful. Here's a breakdown of the recent use of the phrase "disastrous war." Today's editorial -- suitably eviscerated by Jules Crittenden -- even uses the phrase twice. Dammit, that's quality!
| Bullying Iran|
... himself into another disastrous war, and if Congress is ...
... But his disastrous war in Iraq has done so ...
February 1, 2007 - (NYT) - Opinion - Editorial
Democrats And The Deficit
... country into a disastrous war. And you can even ...
December 22, 2006 - By PAUL KRUGMAN (NYT) - Opinion - Op-Ed
Deeper Into the Maelstrom of Iraq
... euphemisms of this disastrous war can no longer be ignored ...
November 25, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi
... States into this disastrous war...
November 19, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Dissecting the General's Take on Iraq
... miserably in this disastrous war. It's time to ...
November 17, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
The Perils of Inaction
... last summer's disastrous war in Lebanon. Perhaps this ...
November 10, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Editorial - 396 words
THEATER REVIEW; Despair Echoes From the Arms of Defeat
... countrymen into a disastrous war on foreign soil in ' ...
September 18, 2006 - By CHARLES ISHERWOOD (NYT)
Aiding Our Enemies
... Bush administration's disastrous war in Iraq, and that ...View free preview
August 14, 2006 - By BOB HERBERT (NYT) - Opinion - Op-Ed
Lieberman vs. Lamont: The Fallout
... end to the disastrous war in Iraq. Of course ...View free preview
August 10, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Liberals, Lieberman and the War
... proponent of this disastrous war, which he advocated from ...View free preview
July 11, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
The President's Day in Baghdad
... administration about this disastrous war. It's like this ...
June 15, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Faculty's Chilly Welcome For Ex-Pentagon Official
... fury at a disastrous war, an illustration of the ...
May 25, 2006 - By JASON DePARLE (NYT) - U.S. - News
The Memo About the Road to War
... us into this disastrous war? Some questions remain: ...
March 29, 2006 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
... to launch his disastrous war in Iraq, agreed to ...
March 6, 2006 - By BOB HERBERT (NYT) - Opinion - Op-Ed
A Mother and a Nation Seek Answers
... president for this disastrous war. Perhaps the only thing ...
August 10, 2005 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Supporters of the War
... critique of the disastrous war in Iraq. He observes ...
May 16, 2005 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Stranger Than Fiction
... this clownish, disastrous war, he might have gotten ...View free preview
May 9, 2005 - By Bob Herbert (NYT) - Opinion - Op-Ed
... debt and a disastrous war in a quest to commandeer ...
March 27, 2005 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
Blair Confronts Political Burdens of Iraq
... Sir Winston's disastrous war policies as blindly as the ...
June 20, 2004 - By PATRICK E. TYLER (NYT) - World - News
Bishops and Politicians
... voted for this disastrous war in Iraq. MARY LOUISE ...
April 28, 2004 - (NYT) - Opinion - Letter
The Times has also referred to the "Mission Accomplished" banner -- which was unfurled by sailors to mark the completion of their tour of duty in theater -- a mere 153 times.
Dowd, Rich, Herbert, Krugman... all reuse the same phrases and memes in a circular, incestuous, and inherently uninteresting quilt. It's little wonder the Times' stock price is sinking faster than Michael Moore in a kayak. You'll get more variety reading Hydraulic Fluids Weekly.
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