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Here's the "bitch-slapping the NY Times" post. It happens. You just have to get it out of your system and then you move on. First:

"You say you want some press bashing? Fine. Try reading today's New York Times story about the adoption of a Bible study course in a Texas school district. It's a virtual showcase of the worst that journalism has to offer," writes Kevin Drum.

"The basic gist is that the Odessa school district has decided to offer a supposedly nonsectarian Bible course designed by the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools. A 'growing chorus of critics,' however, say that's a crock and the course is really designed to indoctrinate students in conservative Christian theology.

"Unfortunately, that's pretty much all the story has to offer," he laments, noting that in a story containing 30 paragraphs there's almost no mention of what's IN the curriculum. Voila; you're no better informed than when you started reading... how will you ever impress the folks at the next book club meeting to discuss Kite Runner?

"So in the end, what we learn is that a bunch of people are pissed off. And that's about it..."

Several months ago the Times announced it would be making more of an effort to include the perspective of conservative evangelicals in its coverage. Is this is the first installment?


And then:

"I’d hoped to post a few things tonight, but I read most of Richard Posner’s article on media bias, having stupidly allowed the description to lull me into thinking that the Human Pentium Processor might be capable of nuanced thought. He isn’t.

"And I have trouble typing when I’m spitting nails," writes Maud Newton.

"CNN is liberal? Oh, right, I forgot all those times that Rick 'I invented sensationalistic TV news' tried to drum up votes for John Kerry in the last election.

"Media outlets are becoming more polarized? On what planet? Because last time I checked, most of the world had become Scott McClellan’s bitch. (Thank you, Choire Sicha.) Meaning, concretely, that the Bush administration issues its talking points, and the media report them as news.

"There are exceptions, but they’re few and far between. I mean, much as I love The Daily Show, it’s not a substitute for reporting." (Political Animal and Maud Newton)

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