MORE ON THE BULGE. Jon Garfunkel has assembled a useful overview of everything we know about the Bush bulge. A couple of quibbles.
1. He writes in reference to this: "The rage against the media meme has become a knee-jerk reaction by every armchair critic, and now it comes from Dan Kennedy. He's channeling more cynicism than media analysis." It's not that I disagree; it's that I have absolutely no idea of what he's saying. Sounds good, though!
2. He uses the word blogosphere three times in one post. He may not realize I'm grading him, but I take off 10 points for every mention.
I'm sure Garfunkel and I agree on this: the bulge is real, it's never been properly explained by the White House, and we're not going to know what it was or is unless the mainstream media start demanding an answer. Maybe not even then.
WATCHING THE PAT HEALYS. Late in November, after news got out that Patrick Healy was leaving the Boston Globe for the New York Times, I linked to what I thought was his first piece for the Times. As it turned out, it was a different Pat Healy. And apparently there are not just two, but three or four, so care must be taken.
Still, I am reliably informed that this piece from last Thursday was the former Globe reporter's first for the Times.
OMBUD FODDER. Normally I wouldn't torment someone for misspelling a name. But I can't resist pointing out that Boston Globe columnist Cathy Young misspells two today (Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh and blogger Ana Marie Cox) in a column right above (in the print edition, that is) ombudsman Christine Chinlund's annual roundup of corrections.
Writes Chinlund: "There were 98 corrections of misspellings [in 2004], although the paper does not attempt to correct all misspellings or grammatical errors." Well, Young's certainly got '05 off to a rip-roaring start.
Chinlund also reports that editor Martin Baron has begun checking randomly selected stories, in which sources are called to see whether they believe the story was accurate. This is a notion that was promoted by the Shorenstein Center's Alex Jones, among others, following the Jayson Blair scandal of 2003. It's an excellent idea.
Still nothing on Mallard Fillmore.