What Would We Do Without Experts?

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on October 12, 2015

What Would We Do Without Experts?

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

What Would We Do Without Experts?
“Expert: Woman Shouldn’t Have Fired Gun at Shoplifter”—headline, Detroit Free Press, Oct. 6

Make That 6

  • “5 Reasons Nobody Wants to Be House Speaker”—headline, Politico, Oct. 9, 2015
  • “I Have Heard About Speakers Catching on Fire”—headline, HarmonyCentral, May 28, 2013

Question and Answer—II

  • “How Many Americans Even Know Who the Speaker of the House Is?”—headline, Washington Post website, Oct. 8
  • “The Golden Principle of Soccer? Nobody Knows Anything”—headline, Globe and Mail (Toronto), Sept. 14

Bottom Stories of the Day
“Dining Halls Serve Up Local Marinara Sauce: Several students report no significant change in taste”—headline and subheadline, Harvard Crimson, Oct. 7

Two Papers in One! (Hat tip: Walter Olson.)

  • “Maybe it’s time to start using the words that the NRA has turned into unmentionables. Prohibition. Mass buyback. A gun-free society. Let’s say that one again: A gun-free society. Doesn’t it sound logical? Doesn’t it sound safe? Wouldn’t it make sense to learn from other developed nations, which believe that only the military and law enforcers, when necessary, should be armed—and which as a result lose far, far fewer innocent people than die every year in the United States?”—editorial page editor Fred Hiatt, Washington Post, Oct. 5
  • “Nobody is advocating taking away people’s guns—that’s National Rifle Association propaganda.”—letter to the editor, Washington Post, Oct. 7

Hypothesis and Proof

  • “Hillary Clinton ‘Beats Her Husband Bill and Terrorizes Her Staff,’ a New Book Claims”—headline, DailyMail, Oct. 4, 2015
  • “Hillary Clinton for President in 2016? Beats Me, Says Bill”—headline, MSNBC, July 21, 2014

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