When Pope John Paul II died in 2005, Power Line caught the New York Times accidently publishing a boilerplate obituary that accidentally went out with a paragraph that consisted entirely of the words “need some quote from supporter”, indicating where a quote would go–ideally before the paper actually went to press! (Supporters of the pope are apparently in very short supply these days in the house that Pinch built.)
But the L.A. Times really takes journalistic minimalism to a new extreme. While their “Keep Rockin'” moment of silence last year during the John Edwards scandal was a classic, not even Philip Glass or Mies van der Rohe could boil things down to these basics!
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