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The Butterfield Effect

Obama, Cuomo and de Blasio: The 3 Stooges of the Apocalypse

Monday, June 15th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

Fox Butterfield, Is That You?

Friday, February 20th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Getting a gun legally in Europe may be hard, but terrorists have little trouble,” insists a Washington Post headline. Fox Butterfield could not be reached to comment. As for the first half of that headline’s equation, Europe has pretty much forgotten everything from 1933 through 1945, haven’t they?

Butterfield Hebdo

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“They should’ve known it would upset crazy fundamentalists” is the theological equivalent of “she shouldn’t have worn such a short skirt.” — Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) January 7, 2015 QED: Fox Butterfield, call your office. Related: “Don’t Be Deceived by the Reaction to Charlie Hebdo Massacre—Our Media Are Cowards.” As if there was any doubt before […]

‘Unexpectedly!’, Fox Butterfield Exclaimed

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 - by Ed Driscoll

“Gasoline-Tax Increase Finds Little Support,” a dejected New York Times reports. Go figure: When gasoline topped $4 a gallon, opponents of an increase in the gas tax argued that prices were already too high. Now the average price of regular gas has dropped under $2.50 a gallon, but in the antitax environment that pervades Washington […]

Mother Butterfield

Monday, October 27th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Obama may not always give us the emotional sustenance we want…but he gets things done.” — Mother Jones (@MotherJones) October 28, 2014 So much in that inadvertent confession right there. Liberals need big gov’t to make THEM feel good, not to “do good” — DanRiehl (@DanRiehl) October 28, 2014 Indeed. Mother Butterfield, is […]

Anthony Weiner, CNN Butterfield Themselves On Air

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

God, that sounds filthy. But not as filthy as this: Are you shitting me, CNN? — drew (@FigDrewton) September 21, 2014 (Via SDA.)

‘¿Fox Butterfield, Es Que Usted?’

Friday, February 28th, 2014 - by Ed Driscoll

“Venezuela is now the world champion of inflation, homicide, insecurity, and shortages of essential goods–from milk for children to insulin for diabetics and all kinds of indispensable products. All this despite having the greatest oil reserves in the world and a government with absolute control of all state institutions and levers of power.”–Moisés Naim,, […]


Thursday, October 17th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

The New York Times has its daily Fox Butterfield moment, here: “Problems finding providers or drug coverage are occurring mainly on state exchanges paradoxically because those Web sites are working better than the federal insurance exchange used by 36 states.” As Moe Lane writes (and click over to Moe if you want to read the […]

You Went Full Butterfield, Man. Never Go Full Butterfield

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“MSNBC’s resident genius Chris Hayes: Why are we putting more people in jail when the crime rate keeps dropping?”, as spotted by Jim Treacher: “Why isn’t my head wet, even though there’s a roof over it?” “Why isn’t my car stopping, even though I have my foot on the gas pedal?” “Why do people keep […]

This Just In

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Rise in gay homeless people threatens San Francisco’s name as gay-friendly mecca — It’s built a reputation as the most gay-friendly city on earth. But the mask is slipping.” In other words, the London Independent discovers that San Francisco has teensy-tiny homeless problem: Of the 6,436 people the SF-HSA counted sleeping rough in the city, […]

Butterfield Orszag

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Why Are So Many College Graduates Driving Taxis?”, asks Peter Orszag in It’s a parent’s nightmare: shelling out big money for college, then seeing the graduate unable to land a job that requires high-level skills. This situation may be growing more common, unfortunately, because the demand for cognitive skills associated with higher education, after […]

Barry Munchkin Syndrome

Monday, April 29th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

BHO is “Good at campaigning, bad at governing,” Salena Zito writes in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: President Obama is a good campaigner. He won the big one twice and effectively made Republicans question their electoral existence. He also has shown once again, by not effectively managing his own agenda, that he has no appetite for governing. Nothing […]

Capt. Butterfield to the Bridge, Please

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

For a newspaper that self-identifies as “Progressive,” the New York Times sure records any signs of actual progress with enormous heaping helpings of solemnity, doesn’t it? Michelle Ridgway, a marine ecologist who serves on the state science panel for cruise ships, watched as Alaska cruise ship traffic grew to about a million people a year […]

Just NBC the Concern Trolling

Monday, February 4th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Consumers Taking Financial Hit From Rising Fuel Prices,” CNBC reports today: Consumers have been spending more on gasoline than they have in nearly three decades. With pump prices at their highest level on record for this time of year, the stage is set for an even greater climb in gasoline prices and expenditures than in […]

Frum Butterfield

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

Somebody explain to me: why do so many people in my feed think that gun violence in Chicago proves that guns are nothing to worry about? — davidfrum (@davidfrum) January 22, 2013 Wow, David Frum turned into Fox Butterfield so slowly, I hardly even noticed. (A transformation that seems particularly odd, given that even at […]

Gray Lady Still ‘Unexpectedly’ Suffering From Severe Butterfield Effect Symptoms

Sunday, January 6th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

At the Corner, Yuval Levin writes another Timesman is giving Fox Butterfield plenty of competition in the naïveté department: The New York Times’s Fox Butterfield is famous for repeatedly reporting with astonishment that crime rates went down as the prison population went up without giving much heed to the possibility that the two trends might be correlated […]

The Butterfield Effect Strikes the Sacramento Bee

Saturday, December 29th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

“Gun deaths and injuries have dropped sharply in California, even as the number of guns sold in the state has risen, according to new state data.” Oh sure. And next you’ll be telling me that the crime rate keeps on falling, even as prisons keep on filling…

Hey, When did Fox Butterfield Join Team Breitbart?

Thursday, December 20th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

“CA Tax Revenues Continue to Drop Despite Voter-Approved Tax Increases.” Art Laffer — not to mention Robert Conquest – could not be reached for comment. (And neither could JFK, incidentally.) Related: As James Taranto noted on December 13th, this isn’t the first time this month that the Butterfield Effect — hopefully for deliberately ironic purposes […]

CNN: The Fox Butterfield News Channel

Monday, December 17th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Conservatives have had a decade and a half of fun with New York Times journalist Fox Butterfield’s headlines: “The Butterfield Effect” is named in honor of ace New York Times crime reporter Fox Butterfield, the intrepid analyst responsible for such brilliantly headlined stories as “More Inmates, Despite Drop In Crime,” and “Number in Prison Grows […]

‘Gun Crime Soars in England Where Guns Are Banned’

Thursday, December 13th, 2012 - by Ed Driscoll

Unexpectedly! Gun crime has almost doubled since Labour came to power as a culture of extreme gang violence has taken hold. The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year  -  a rise of 89 per cent. In […]