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The Times Loses It

Sense and nonsense about Tucson.

Jan 24, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 18 • By P.J. O'ROURKE
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Ross Douthat wrote a calm, well-reasoned Monday Times opinion column about how most contemporary attacks on American politicians have been of greater interest to psychiatrists than ideologues. “From the Republican leadership to the Tea Party grass roots, all of Gabrielle Giffords’s political opponents were united in horror at the weekend’s events.” The newspaper probably heard this as a hallucinatory voice in its head urging self-destruction. If we’re going to discuss dark, paranoid corners of the Internet that have an unwholesome influence on our national life, there’s the New York Times online.

P.J. O’Rourke is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard.

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