Sunday, October 10, 2004

Adopt this puppy!

Sure looks sensitive to me!

The NY Times Magazine today has a larger version of the above snap as the cover photo for their obligatory pre-election puff piece, Kerry's Undeclared War: John Kerry has a thoughtful, forward-looking theory about terrorism and how to fight it. But can it resonate with Americans in the post-9/11 world?. Follow the link if for some reason your mind has excessive clarity this morning and you need to be befogged.

The only reason I mention it, other than the fetching snap of Lurch, is that Daniel Okrent, the NY Times Public Editor (i.e ombudsman) refers to it in his protracted whine about how tough his job ia and how mean the readers are:
(I can't wait to hear what readers think of the Kerry portrait today on the cover The New York Times Magazine, much less the article itself.) (Check that: Yes, I can.)
Of course, my sympathy would be enhanced if he didn't produce howlers like:
Here's the question for a public editor: Is The Times systematically biased toward either candidate?

Gag me with a spoon.

But there is one bit of fun while Dan is patting himself on the back.
As nasty as critics on the right can get (plenty nasty), the left seems to be winning the vileness derby this year.
They have a special talent for it every year, Dan-O.