Wednesday, September 29, 2004

It's official: reading this blog is dangerous to your health 

After a rather long two weeks, during which I had become a syndrome, jollied Matthew Yglesias's ass, and been turned into an adjective to replace Panglossian, this surely is the crowning achievement - "mrboma" at the Daily Kos issues a health warning - reading Chrenkoff might be dangerous to your health:

"This guy is a nut-job, but a subtle enough nut-job that my very intelligent brother buys his BS. He often quotes others so he can say to critics, 'I didn't say that, someone else did.' But by quoting them, he is clearly promoting their views. Because of his subtlety, he seems far more dangerous to me than the Rush Limbaughs and Bill O'Reillys of the world who have become caricatures of themselves." [my emphasis]
There is even a poll attached, and you can vote on the question "Who is the most dangerous (influential) right wing pundit?" - choosing from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter, Joe Scarborough, or... me! At the time of writing this I'm trailing badly with only one vote, so please, please, please...


...because I want to be "the most dangerous right wing pundit", even if it's just a Daily Kos readers' poll.

After you're done, you can "Read on to see how [Chrenkoff] belittle's [sic] the Daily Kos." Since I've already been accused of belittling the Daily Kos, what the hell: how about you learn to spell.

"mrboma" takes particular offence to this intro to one of my
"Good news from Iraq" posts:

"As 'Boston Globe' columnist Jeff Jacoby writes, 'The press tends to emphasize what's going wrong in Iraq because of an inbuilt bias for the negative - only the plane that crashes, not the 999 that land safely, make news. The result is that while the bad news in Iraq gets reported everywhere, the reports of good news you have to look for.' For the sake of fairness, one might add that in Iraq it's perhaps 10 or 20 planes that crash, yet even with that caveat the mainstream media coverage often gives ones the impression that the whole Iraqi air fleet has gone down in flames."
What's wrong with it?

"His analogy is, of course, absurd to the extreme. If 1 in 1000 planes crashed, no one would fly because it would be far too risky. If the crash rate was 1% to 2%, as he says the failure rate in Iraq is, that would mean multiple crashes per day at every major airport!" [emphasis in the original]
What can I say, except: cheer up, for goodness' sake; this is an analogy, not a maths lesson. The Oxford Dictionary defines analogy as "partial likeness between two things that are compared." I think most people can see the basic point, but for the Daily Kos readers I promise in future to use the actual numbers.

And there's more there, if you're looking for some amusement.

Update: Thank you to all the kind readers who eight hours later made me the "most dangerous right-wing pundit" on a comfortable 55%. I bet there are many Daily Kos readers scanning right now through that post thinking "Who the @#*$ is Arthur Chrenkoff when Rush Limbaugh is sitting at 13%?" Ah, the little things in life...


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