How to ensure that no one will read any further

Great examples in counterproductive use of anecdotes and experts:

Thomas Friedman:

…said the Oxford historian Timothy Garton Ash

Sorry Tom — take that poop out of here.

Los Angeles Times

Bush’s speech “does what one would expect it to do: focuses on advantages of the plan, not on the risks,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson

[John McLaughlin]Wrong![John McLaughlin]

David Kupelian:

I remember when I first realized Reagan was doing something extraordinary. It was on March 23, 1983. I happened to be in K-Mart’s electronics section

Stop that, stop that, you’re not going into a song while I’m here.


Comments: 4


Dunno about the others, but what’s wrong with the Friedman bit? Is Garton Ash not a historian at Oxford?

More to the point, why would anyone even start reading a Friedman “piece”?


All I can assume is that you’ve never heard of Timothy Garton Ash, who is a historian, a columnist for the Guardian, and a contributor to the NY Review of Books. You should google him and read a few things he’s written. You’ll like him.


We have heard of TGA, and he is a historian. The complaint here is much less about him than it is about the propensity of hacks to get a TGA quote when trying to make whatever point they have about Europe. Like Jamieson, he indicates a lack of any originality on the part of the writer — as such, we really can’t bear to read any more once we see his name because we’ve come to expect him to fill the obligatory “here’s a quote by a European so you know I’m right” role. Sadly, No!


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