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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-09-11 09:11
Subject: [links] Link salad for a San Francisco Thursday
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shadowhelm with her 15 Step Program for Good Writing Habits — Some good, clear advice here. (Thanks to lt260.)

rosefox at PW interviews Irene Gallo about my book covers

Credit crisis blamed for rising number of adulterous wives — Weird stuff. (Thanks to danjite.)

Giant penis man needs ‘re-chalkers’ — I hate it when that happens to me. (Thanks to danjite.)

Flash toy — A really cool animated spider. Well, cool if you’re not arachnaphobic… (Thanks to yourbob.)

Essential stemness — More thinking about the biological mechanisms of ageing. (Thanks to lt260.)

A Strategy for Coping with Climate Change — “Amid rising seas, a California modeling effort recommends abandoning land tracts in the Sacramento Delta.” Wow, I can pretty much figure the property rights conservatives going apeshit over this. I guess it’s not welfare if the government is spending taxpayer’s money help you keep your land, instead of, say, feeding your kids.

WaPo calls bullshit on McCain’s campaign ads — When even the Washington Post tells a Karl Rove Republican they’re full of shit, they are really full of shit. Talk about McCain losing his base.

Time in saddle: n/a (45 minute urban walk this morning)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: n/a
Currently reading: Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-09-11 16:29 (UTC)
Subject: The Washington Post leans liberal
...or at least, that's always been my impression.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-09-11 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: Re: The Washington Post leans liberal
On the feature side, they're at least centrist. There aren't really any liberal major papers in this country, unless you define "liberal" as "not strongly conservative" — ie, no counterweights to the WSJ and the Washington Times. But on the editorial side (where this piece is from) WaPo is rather conservative. Not necessarily Rovian conservative, so it may fail the "if you're not with us you're against us" test that neocons like to use, but the paper has always spoken with two distinct voices.

Edited at 2008-09-11 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Jo Rhett
User: jorhett
Date: 2008-09-11 17:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
When even the Washington Post tells a Karl Rove Republican they’re full of shit

Um... the Post has always been a screaming liberal rag. I lived in its region for 12 years, and it was always a *screaming* liberal rag. They didn't start winning awards for good journalism until right before I left.

Are you confusing it with the Washington Times, which had Buchanon as the leading editorial writer?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-09-11 22:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As I said elsewhere, the Post's reporting is centrist at best, "liberal" only if your definition of "liberal" is "not hardcore conservative." But the Post's editorial page has always been quite sympathetic to the GOP, not even reaching the balance the reporting often attains.

There is no major liberal paper in this country, in the sense that the Washington Times is a conservative paper, just as there is no major liberal television outlet, in the sense that FOX News is a conservative outlet. We have right, center right and far right media. The great mimetic victory of the Republican party over the past thirty years has been to embed the "liberal media bias" idea in the public discourse.

Simple example: go back and look at television coverage of the recent conventions. FOX, CNN, etc. ran major Republican commentators 'for balance' during the Democratic convention. There were no major Democratic commentators during the Republican convention, however, except on MSNBC, and look how that worked out.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-09-11 23:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am very much arachnaphobic. But that link is neat.
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