The weekend before November’s elections, Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote a curious column titled, “The G.O.P. Stalinists Invade Upstate New York.”
Apparently, in Rich’s mind, because conservatives thought — accurately as it turned out — that Dede Scozzafava, running for Congress in New York’s 23rd District was a Republican in Name Only, and they preferred a more conservative candidate, that made them…Stalinists!
On the other hand, it was rather refreshing to see a journalist with the New York Times use the word pejoratively. Needless to say, that hasn’t always been the case, as we’ll explore in the latest edition of Silicon Graffiti, including:
- Thomas Friedman’s love for Big Brother in China and Cuba.
- The Time’s necrophilic 1953 obit for Stalin.
- Walter Duranty: ace foreign correspondent.
- A quote from the New Yorker on Pinch, Punch, and “the other guy’s country.”
- And the Time’s first ombudsman on where the Gray Lady sits on the ideological spectrum.
And for 40 or so previous editions of Silicon Graffiti, click here and keep scrolling and watching.