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The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
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Friday, January 10, 2003
 
Bruce Bartlett, the conservative dimwit whom I last noticed when he put 'Having My Baby' at the top of his list of the Top 40 Conservative Songs, has now discovered blogs, a phenomenon that he somehow believes "happened last year". His article cites Sullivan, Kaus, and Drudge (but skips Reynolds).

Bartlett praises blogs for, "almost instantaneously correcting themselves. By contrast, papers like the New York Times often take weeks to publish corrections of factual errors, and television news programs almost never admit error, ever." Bartlett's own article gives an opportunity to test his thesis.

Ignoring his absurd description of Howell Raines as "extremely liberal and partisan", a falsehood that conservatives repeat so habitually they've probably forgotten themselves that they're lying, Bartlett inaccurately calls Sullivan a former liberal based on his past position as editor of The New Republic. Actually, Sullivan was well known as a conservative before he took over TNR; his own bio has him working at a conservative think tank at the age of 23, 5 years before he became editor of TNR. Bartlett also states that Sullivan's conflict with Raines "cost him a job writing for the New York Times Magazine"; in fact he was a freelancer and not a regular employee. And the $79,000 that Sullivan made during his 'pledge drive' wasn't donated in $20 increments.



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