Sign o' the times

It may be inconsequential, it may be meaningful... that's up to you.

In the midst of the remarkably unimportant -- but irony-slathered -- spat between Daily News Gossip Lloyd Grove and New York Observer observer Gabriel Sherman a comment caught my attention.

The dispute itself, irrelevant to our purposes here, is over the contents of Sherman's recent article speculating that Grove may not return for a third year as the DN's Gossip (that's the irony part: gossip on gossip... and yes, I do feel dirty but...).

So Grove's retort to Sherman contained this line: "It's not true...That article had not one correct fact in it..."

What, is it filled with incorrect facts? Sorry, I just can't help but conclude that this statement, mostly likely just a slip of the tongue, is indicative of something greater. That facts are just assertions in news stories and not the unyielding mathematical expressions of truth that schoolteachers -- and reputable dictionaries -- taught us they were.

Ironically, the one thought restraining me from throwing myself down the stairwell to total nihilism is the old aphorism that everyone is entitled to his own opinion -- just not his own facts.

If we've had to say it for years, maybe I'm just doing a chicken little number here and thngs are as they've been...

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