Root cause No. 254: Majoring in English

New York Times

Miles ahead of the pack. That’s where the newshounds from the-blog-that-used-to-be-my-paper run.

Here’s today’s scoop, in a “Lede” item about the dark side of Seung-Hui Cho. Not the Hillary donor–what’s-his-name, Hsu. But Cho, the kid who shot all those students at Virginia Tech:

He was feeling many of the anxieties of any college graduate, except far more intensely as an English major with only average grades, severe to crippling anxiety and absolutely no employment history…and he had been confronted with failure as a writer, his only way to leave a mark on the world.

For a while, Asian students were worried about being singled out, recalls Ann Althouse. Not that my old paper would engage in racial profiling, of course.

But English majors–well, everyone knows they’re like ticking bombs. But without the bomb part. Twice the tics, though.

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Posted 30.08.2007 by Pultizer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution — come on down!

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Larry Craig’s political career may be dead (see below), but not as dead as Richard Jewell, who died for the second time today.

My close friends at the AJC first assassinated his character back in ’96. I’m so proud to see them using his death this morning as a way of exculpating themselves. I think I’ll be denied the pleasure of meeting Jewell. But we’re keeping a place warm for you down here, Mike Morris, Rhonda Cook and all you AJC crackers!

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Posted 29.08.2007 by Pultizer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty
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I am not dead.

Washington Post

You may think I’m dead–perhaps because of my wide stance in the grave. And also because records show that I’m 123 years old. But I’m not dead.

Larry Craig is, though–at least politically speaking. He’s also gay.

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Posted 29.08.2007 by Pultizer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty
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Rechecking the competition

Wall Street Journal

A little update to yesterday’s item (below):

Earl Browder, a Kansas typewriter repairman, is my go-to guy on all things Sunflower. He just stopped by to show me Wednesday morning’s Journal. They’re running another Kevin Helliker piece pretending the party tags in Kansas mean something, which they don’t.

The story–about Dennis Moore, a Kansas Democratic congressman–is essentially a rewrite of his earlier item about Nancy Boyda–a Kansas Democratic congresswoman. Helliker’s a KU grad and a protegee of Emerson Lynn, the retired owner of a Kansas daily and a Pulitzer judging committee regular. So I love him. So does Helliker, especially since he was given a Pulitzer a few years ago. (Of course my Pulitzer was more important than his Pulitzer because I am a vastly more important person.)

Where was I? Oh, right. These pieces play on the ignorance people in places like New York have about people in places like Kansas. The riff: Even in red-state, hardcore Republican Kansas Democrats get elected. As they always have. I like it when the competition just recycles their old news. Makes our old news look shiny!

So Bill, an idea: We do a story about how Kansas has never had a conservative Republican governor, ever. Not only that, but over the last half-century, most of them have been Democratsand all of them have been liberal (or “moderate” as they say in Kansas, one of the few places on earth hotter and drier than circle one). The number of conservatives who have won a statewide race in Kansas? Two: One was just tossed out of office; the other’s not running for re-election. As Earl said, “Can you beat that?” I told him to pull up his pants and cover his fat commie butt. However. It would be a scoop.

Well, anywhere outside Kansas that is.

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Posted 28.08.2007 by Pultizer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty
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Checking the competition

Wall Street Journal

Just making a note to Bill and Pinch.

 Guys, I think we’re in better shape than we think. Here’s what the competition says is the best they can offer their readers today:

EDITORS’ PICKS

A selection of articles chosen by the Online Journal as some of the best reads of the day.

• Small Is Big in Luxury Cars

• Rich Alumni Give to Needier Colleges

• Eateries Experiment With Voluntary Pricing

• Mentors: Short on Advice

• Lessons Learned From Doctors, Patients Mom

With big thinking like that, we should be able to beat them with our Dowd tied behind our backs. (A thought that doesn’t actually arouse.)

 

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Posted 28.08.2007 by Pultizer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty
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