Connoisseurs of the Obvious Department
In an afterword to an old edition of Fahrenheit 451
, Ray Bradbury wrote of things that were so obviously banal it "wouldn't make a sub-moron's mouth twitch." The headline writers at New York Times
are doing their best this week to live up to Bradbury's sneer.
Then today (Saturday), the Times
delivers another stop-the-presses headline: "$1.4 Trillion Deficit Complicates Stimulus Plans
." Wow. I'm sure this will get a Pultizer Prize. (Why not: they give away Nobel Peace Prizes these days just for general awesomeness.)
With this in mind, don't miss the Daily Show's takedown of the antediluvian character of the Times
Like a walking Colonial Williamsburg. . . Charming, but not profitable. . . Why is aged news better than today's news?. . . To editor Bill Keller: "What's black and white and red all over?" Keller: "A newspaper." DS reporter: "No. Your balance sheet.")
I prefer the headlines of the New York Post, which contain more news value, such as their classic: "Headless Body in Topless Bar." Now that's news you can use!
3:53 PM / October 17, 2009