Thursday, November 03, 2005

Bobo's bullshit

So Brooks is deceiving the American public? What a shock!

If Byron Calame ( doesn't demand a correction, then he needs to correct his own statements, especially when he bitched about Krugman not correcting "sweeping generalizations" about the Florida presidential recount of 2000. He wrote:
The Times has long been a trailblazer in its commitment to correcting errors. This is no time to let those standards slip - even when well-known critics and columnists are involved.
Read the post linked to above and you will see that Bobo Brooks is, at the very least, making "sweeping generalizations"

David Shipley should also want to correct this.
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