John Hawkins explores the nadir of journalism and speech in 2004.
Update: William Raspberry of The Washington Post gets the jump on next year’s list by invoking the Copperhead Conjunction to tell us what a wonderfully “functioning country” Saddam had before we upset the apple cart:
We can argue all day that Saddam Hussein was a tyrant whose defeat and humiliation should evoke no sympathy from us. But he did have a functioning country. There was a government in place. People went to work and to the market and to school in relative safety. Can anyone really believe that the U.S.-spawned anarchy has left the Iraqi people better off? We broke it. Do we have the moral right to walk away with the shards scattered across the floor?