Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Passing by the windows of The Post last evening

We did see an international 
sporting event in the United 
States marred by tragedy in 
the last couple of days, but 
it was not the Boston Marathon, 
it was the Masters Tournament 
at Augusta. You don't get trag-
edy without hubris; Tiger Woods 
gave us tragedy, and he paid for 
it. What we got in Boston was a 
gaudy interference with malice 
aforethought, resulting in fatal 
effects. But such events, a news-
paper needs to comprehend, are not 
tragedies, unless it is the paper's 
intent to advance the degradation 
of distinctions of importance. But 
equally deplorable is the Editors' 
invocation of fury, when the honest 
response is one of sadness. This pa-
per is infamous for inciting flash-
points of hysteria, and this editor-
ial is a truly splendid example of 
its demagoguery on any occasion when 
redneck indignation can be brought to 
bear against peace, decorum of cons-
ciousness, the English language, and 
that very innocence the Editors in-
voke as their excuse.

The Washington Post
Editorial Board
The Post's View
  In Boston, explosions
  transform a scene of
  celebration into one
  of tragedy
April 15, 2013©

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