James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal alerted his readers that long-time New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse had written a very silly piece (of what, I leave to your imagination), and accurately described her opinion of the case as "shallow, disingenuous, and silly"
. Veteran Greenhouse readers will not be surprised, as she has been shallow, disingenuous, and silly for her entire journalistic career. If your wondering how such a Tiger Beat
caliber writer managed to score the Supreme Court beat at the NYT, just look at the year she received it again. For those of us who remember 1978, it was the high tide of Affirmative Action for women at prestigious institutions. (I would know, as I lost a data processing job at a local hospital because the head of that department was ordered to hire a woman for the post.) I'll bet she was an Affirmative Action hire. Once there, of course, she would be fire-proof, as no paper, let alone the Paper of (Liberal) Record, would dare fire a woman from such a prestigious post.
Picking a Supreme Court reporter by Affirmative Action eventually proved to have been a bad idea, if the Times still wanted to be considered a serious journalistic enterprise. Not as bad as our more recent blunder of picking our President that way, but bad enough...
March 31 was the sad seventh anniversary of the forced death of Terri Schiavo
, the brain-injured but NOT brain-dead Florida woman whose case became an international story. The people who tried to save Terri commemorated the anniversary appropriately, and the people who wanted her dead stayed away from the subject, hopefully in shame. No-one ever comments on what I noticed at the time, which was that for the first time in American history an innocent American citizen was sentenced to death in a CIVIL court (by the bloodless Judge George Greer).
Please tell me I'm not the only person who noticed this.