Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Romney and START

Washington Post op-ed page prints Mitt Romney having no idea what he's talking about. Fred Kaplan explains.

Of course, the idea of op-ed pages is that while they have a wide range of opinions, the editors are supposed to catch a certain level of bullshit and factual sloppiness. This is why, for example, the NYT was lambasted when it printed an op-ed in 2003 claiming Hussein was not responsible for gassing the Kurds in Halabja.

The op-ed page is supposed to deliver a certain quality -- something to make it different from an un-moderated comments thread. If it doesn't do that, what's the point?

Update, How Fred Hiatt Thinks Edition: Rather than correct a factual error, let's just publish an op-ed that offers the other point of view! That fixes the problem..


At 6:24 PM, Blogger ertzeid said...

more users! there are far more people writing (and reading) inane /b comments than there are subscribing to the NYT.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger ertzeid said...

(sad but true... but it's no excuse, that was just some sarcasm)


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