Ed Driscoll

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Now’s the time at Ed Driscoll.com when we juxtapose:

“Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush,” — the New York Times, October 17, 2004:

”This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts,” Bartlett went on to say. ”He truly believes he’s on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence.” Bartlett paused, then said, ”But you can’t run the world on faith.”

Alexis Levinson at the Daily Caller, today:

NY Times letters to the editor can’t say the the paper is ‘wrong.’

The New York Times editorial board is never wrong. Or at least, they won’t print anything that says they are.

Eugene Volokh, a professor at UCLA law school, wrote on his blog The Volokh Conspiracy Tuesday about a friend of his, Andy Pincus, who had written a letter to the editor at the New York Times about a court case in which he was currently working on as a lawyer.

“The Times is just wrong,” his letter to the Times said, in part. The paper wrote him back, asking if an edited version of his letter, with that phrase removed, would be ok. He asked if he could say instead, “The Times is incorrect,” to which The New York Times responded: “We cannot say ‘incorrectly’ because that is the province of corrections, in which case I would forward the letter to the corrections editor and it could not be considered as a letter.”

(And remember, Paul Krugman’s preferred size is three inches or less.)

The whole thing about smug is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence, but you can’t run the world on smug.

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