Wednesday, January 03, 2007

How to get a job at TIME magazine

Be really, really wrong. Would you hire the person who wrote this before the Iraq invasion:
We are tempted to comment, in these last days before the war, on the U.N., and the French, and the Democrats. But the war itself will clarify who was right and who was wrong about weapons of mass destruction. It will reveal the aspirations of the people of Iraq, and expose the truth about Saddam's regime. It will produce whatever effects it will produce on neighboring countries and on the broader war on terror. We would note now that even the threat of war against Saddam seems to be encouraging stirrings toward political reform in Iran and Saudi Arabia, and a measure of cooperation in the war against al Qaeda from other governments in the region. It turns out it really is better to be respected and feared than to be thought to share, with exquisite sensitivity, other people's pain. History and reality are about to weigh in, and we are inclined simply to let them render their verdicts.
TIME magazine just did.

The Titanic and Hindenberg were enormous successes. World War I was a very fun, light-hearted experience. October 28, 1929 was a great day to invest in the stock market. 2 + 2 = 5. Black is white. Night is day. Can I be a "star columnist" for TIME now?

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