Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Thirty-two Days Hate

As noted by aposter at, front page New York Times coverage of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal ran for 32 DAYS STRAIGHT, from April 29, 2004 to June 1, 2004. Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see where front page coverage dutifully resumes again on June 3, 2004.

Granted, this is year-old news, and at first I wasn't entirely sure if it warranted comment. But I loathe the NYT, and besides, Cracka Jack has widened the conventional blogging post gap between us to the point that I might have to go nuclear.

What the NYT is doing doesn't surprise me, though their sheer diligence in beating a dead horse until it is pulp is somewhat astounding. Thirty-two days of the same thing? Boy, how would like that beat? And I thought my job was monotonous. But that's the Times for you, and this is their daily, front-page equivalent of George Orwell's "1984" and its 'Two Minutes Hate':

At this moment the entire group of people broke into a deep, slow, rhythmical chant of "B-B!...B-B!...B-B!" over and over again, very slowly...For perhaps as much as thirty seconds they kept it up. I was a refrain that was often heard in moments of overwhelming emotion. Partly it was a hymn to the wisdom and majesty of Big Brother, but still more it was an act of self-hypnosis, a deliberate drowning of consciousness by means of rhythmic noise.

Not that the NYT's tactics differ substantially; just replace "B-B!" with "P-C!", and, hey, it's "Thirty-Two Days Hate," NYT style. Doubleplusgood!