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Saturday, July 23, 2005

Off the Mark

A nice bit of snark in today's Grauniad, courtesy of Smallweed:


The columnist Mark Steyn, rabbit-like, some might say, in his fecundity, has recently been denouncing "media twerps". This is a subject on which he can speak with authority. It has always been my contention that a record of making sound predictions is a mark of one's understanding, so from time to time I make a note of some of those offered by Steyn. Here are a handful: "A year from now Basra will have a lower crime rate than most London boroughs" - April 12 2003 ("Half of Basra's provincial council walked out in protest at the increasing number of assassinations and kidnappings, and poor public service" - the Guardian, the day before yesterday); "By the year's end ... Iraq will be the least ill-governed state in the Middle East" - April 4 2004; and, most characteristic of all in its blend of ignorance and arrogance: "Another six weeks of insurgency sounds about right, after which it will peter out" - December 27 2003. (By my count, 82 weeks have now elapsed since that highly paid insight.) Even in March this year he described the Iraq insurgency as "floundering". The new editor of the Sunday Telegraph seems to have dispensed with Mark Steyn. His column in the Daily, however, has in Steynian terms "petered out"; that's to say, it's still roaring on wholly unchecked.

Heh. Indeed.

7 comments:

X said...

Not bad, but our friend Mr Steyn regularly gets more of a drubbing than that in Private Eye. It's a wonder he hasn't shopped himself to the hypocrisy police yet.

Pablo said...

What are the chances of LGF Watch covering this:


Blasts kill 65 in Egyptian Red Sea resort


If only Egypt would get it's troops out of Iraq....

Pablo said...

x, have you the address for the hypocrisy police? Certainly, they've hauled you in a million times...

Winston Smith said...

Why don't you go over to DailyKos? They're covering the Egyptian bombings (excuse me, terrorist attacks caused by evil terror-loving terrorists who want to spread terror, by using terrorism) quite thoroughly.

Pablo said...

So is LGF. And this being "LGF Watch" I thought you'd have something to say about it.

Pablo said...

BTW, Winston, you realize that this excuse me, terrorist attacks caused by evil terror-loving terrorists who want to spread terror, by using terrorism regardless of your intent in phrasing it as you did, is 100% accurate, don't you?

In fact, the only thing wrong with that statement is that it's redundant.

Pablo said...

Just to keep things moving...

I'm in love with my car

If anyone wants to discuss the root causes of terrorism, that would be really cool.