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April 26, 2005

Fox Butterfield: Moron

This is an in-joke among conservative circles.

For the past, oh, I don't know, six thousand years Fox Butterfield has written the same story with the same headline at least once a year, sometimes several times a year.

The headline is always along the lines of...

Crime Rate Falls, Despite Soaring Prison Population

"Despite"? How about "Amost Certainly Because of"? But no, for Fox Butterfield, there's always some bizarre disconnect between the fact that crime falls as criminals are locked up in greater numbers.

He just can't grasp even the possibility of a cause-effect relationship between the twain.

National Review Online notes that Fox Butterfield's go-to headline is catching on. He doesn't even have to write it anymore; he's got other buffoons to write it for him.

In the Houston Chronicle, we are now treated to Butterfield pastiche...

Crime rate down, but prison population on the rise

Not quite as good as Butterfield -- "despite" is so much more expressive than "but" -- but I think this kid's got the chops.

He'll be a Managing Editor at the New York Times within a year.


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