At the height of the Rathergate controversy, CBS went digging thru Kevin Drum's comments section looking for an "expert" to pull their tails out the fire. In reality they just dug themselves deeper when it was learned the commenter was hardly an "expert."
Now it looks like the editorial writers at the New York Times have been getting their ideas from reading Kos and his Kosmonuts. Consider all these links to Kos:
# Now the Chimp will dole out a little miserly aid, and he would not deign to cut down the pomp of his coronation to aid others
# I read that his coronation was going to cost us $35-40 MILLION (!) dollars. We are, so far, anteing up about $15 to aid victims. What a travesty.
# would it be too much to hope for that Bush downsize his coronation and directed the money to the relief efforts
# It sets up another interesting perspective when you think about the amount of money (~40 mil) the wingnuts are going to spend on the recoronation of the king.
# Bush's upcoming Coronation is scheduled to cost $30-40 million. Why not send that to aid victims instead of having a one night party of the rich and deluded?
# Bush's coronation is breaking all the records, as far as expense goes.
# We can't expect Bush to act out of compassion or his supporters to want to spend more on foreign, heathen victims of a catastrophe than will be spent on the coronation of the divinely chosen one in DC in January
# Do the "Christian", altruistic thing and pare down the "coronation" to a simple $1 million or so swearing in ceremony
# Giving less to the crucial initial allotment of aid than will be spent on Bush's coronation is theirs
# So Mr. Magnanimous in Texas has responded to a calamity with up to 100,000 dead by offering a measly $35 million. That is less than Bush will spend on his coronation.
Those were all from yesterday... In today's NY Times we get this....
...Mr. Egeland was right on target. We hope Secretary of State Colin Powell was privately embarrassed when, two days into a catastrophic disaster that hit 12 of the world's poorer countries and will cost billions of dollars to meliorate, he held a press conference to say that America, the world's richest nation, would contribute $15 million. That's less than half of what Republicans plan to spend on the Bush inaugural festivities.
Other than the fact they dropped the "coronation" invective, it is the same thing that dozens of Kosmunuts posted yesterday. (each thinking they were original and witty no doubt.)
It is my sincere hope that in the New Year, the Times will write their own material rather than swiping it from lefty blogs.