What Would We Do Without Researchers?

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on October 16, 2015

What Would We Do Without Researchers?

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 Researchers?
“Using Experts ‘Inexpertly’ Leads to Policy Failure, Warn Researchers”—headline, University of Cambridge press release, Oct. 14

Why Do Bad Things Always Happen to Him?
“Hillary Clinton’s Debate Performance Complicates Biden’s Path”—headline, Washington Post, Oct. 15

Other Than That, the Story Was Accurate
“An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of Danny Meyer’s chain of burger outlets. It is Shake Shack, not Shack Shack.”—New York Times, Oct. 14

‘Keep Your Voice Down, Sir, or Everyone Will Want One’
“Massive Dead Rodent Found in Subway Sandwich”—headline, Daily Telegraph (London), Oct. 14

Question and Answer—I

  • “Is the Mainstream Media in the Tank for Clinton?”—headline, TheHill .com, Oct. 15
  • “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s polished performance in the first Democratic debate did more than send a message to her primary rivals. It was a warning to the chaotic Republican field about her likely strength in a general election.”—Julie Pace, Associated Press, Oct. 14

Assault, Bash, Beat, Break, Bruise, Buffet, Clobber… 
The New York Times might want to invest in a thesaurus for Charles Blow. Here’s the lead paragraph of his column today about the Democratic debate:

Hillary Clinton crushed it! There is no other way for me to put it.

Many other observers had the same problem:

  • Politico headline: “Clinton Crushes It.”
  • Slate’s Fred Kaplan: “Vice President Joe Biden has no rationale to step into the race. If he’s been waiting until after this first prime-time test to see if Hillary Clinton collapsed, he must have seen for himself that she crushed it.”
  • Carole Radziwill of “The Real Housewives of New York,” on Twitter: “@HillaryClinton crushed it 2nite. Fell in love w/ @BernieSanders a bit too. It’s going to be a long year. #DemDebate”
  • Salon headline: “8 Times Hillary Clinton Crushed It During the First Democratic Showdown”
  • DailyMail.com headline: “Dem Insiders to Joe: DON’T Run—Hillary Crushed It With Standout Debate Performance”
  • Tom Toles, Washington Post website: “TV debates are a very imperfect vehicle for assessing anything, but they are what they are. They are tests of poise, talking-point memorization, and a measure of aptitude for fancy footwork dealing with tricky questions. This is not a description of what the actual job calls for, but that’s the game, and Hillary crushed it, removing probably the last barrier to her becoming president.”

All these quotes are from either Tuesday night or yesterday. It looks as though Blow was the last to receive the memo.

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