Bottom Story of the Day

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on September 8, 2016

Bottom Story of the Day

Detainees have gained an average of 20 pounds since arriving at the Guantanamo Bay base. AP

The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at The Wall Street Journal written by the editor, James Taranto.

Bottom Story of the Day
“Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Plans Hunger Strike in Uruguay”—headline, Associated Press, Sept. 1

Out on a Limb
“Mayor Calls San Jose Police Recruiting Trip to Hawaii ‘Not a Good Use’ of Taxpayer Dollars”—headline, SanJoseInside .com, Sept. 1

And They Said Trump Was Dark
The Dallas Morning News made news today by endorsing Hillary Clinton for president—the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat, as per the editorial, since before World War II. (We guess that means FDR in 1940, though it could be 1936.)

It’s generally an unenthusiastic endorsement, emphasizing Donald Trump’s deficiencies. The editors acknowledge “questions about her honesty, her willingness to shade the truth” but absolve her of “treason” and “murder,” though without noting that Trump is also innocent of those crimes.

At one point, however, the editorial falls into the sort of overhyping of Mrs. Clinton’s “qualifications” that is typical of her supporters:

After nearly four decades in the public spotlight, 25 of them on the national stage, [Mrs.] Clinton is a known quantity.

The other 21 decades must’ve been before electricity was invented.

[Note: The excerpts above are from the Sept. 2 and Sept. 7 BOTW archives.] For more “Best of the Web” from The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto click here.