In Which I Rant and Rave at the Newspapers
The thing is, it's pervasive. It's not just the big things like sticking the (lack of) evidence on WMD on page 15 instead of page 1, it's the assumptions they're always slipping past me.
Here's the NY Times trying to get me to agree that torture works, or possibly that waterboarding works and isn't really torture, in the very first paragraph of an (actually worthwhile, scary) article on something else entirely:
The new technology is, to its critics, Orwellian. Others view it as a silver bullet against terrorism that could render waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods obsolete.
I was three paragraphs past it when my thought processes caught up with me and said, "WTF did they say?" It's so damn insidious.
Here's my local paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, selling that tired old story about over-emotional women who can't get over Hillary:
The T-shirts told stories of an unfulfilled infatuation.
"Hillary Is My Home Girl," read one, the now-faded lettering framing a caricature of the New York senator.
"One of 18 Million," read another -- a reference to the number of votes Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton received in her epic, failed Democratic nomination battle against Sen. Barack Obama.
"I'm Hot for Hillary!" (on a man)
Oh, well, thank God, at least they're not a bunch of lesbians!
Yeah, I know it's old news, but I'm taking the liberty of venting. Okay, back to trying to be constructive, now.