But the real story is not how the news got it wrong—there’s been plenty of that since Monday. It’s how, mere hours later after telling a bullshit story, the news simply told a new story and expunged the previous one from its memory. Real-time accuracy isn’t always possible in journalism. But no one can call himself a journalist if he can’t acknowledge in the present what he got wrong in the past.
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There are two things I now know for certain in this world.
Number One: Bill Clinton. At least 300 electoral votes. Against anyone. Tomorrow.
Number Two (and I say this as delicately as I possibly can): I would crawl on my knees naked through four miles of crushed glass just to listen, on a bad radio, to a debate between Bill Clinton and the zombie-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan.
In what may be a first, the military newspaper Stars and Stripes wins the “ghastly headlines for stories that are really interesting but not actually that ghastly but, still, SEO GOLD” prize of the day.