Dowdification

al.com: Opinion
Also via Best Of The Web. A succinct explanation of the dowdification event.

An opinion column by Maureen Dowd of The New York Times, published in the May 15 Mobile Register, should have quoted President Bush as saying, “That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated. Right now, about half of all the top al-Qaida operatives are either jailed or dead. In either case, they’re not a problem anymore.” Dowd’s column changed the president’s meaning by omitting the quote’s second sentence and the opening words of the third sentence: “That group of terrorists who attacked our country is slowly but surely being decimated … They’re not a problem anymore.”

The editor of the Mobile Register, in the same column, does provide the best description of Maureen Dowd I’ve seen:

Dowd is a gifted writer with a trenchant wit, though her talent is largely squandered: She seldom expresses a constructive thought. As I put it in an earlier column, she is mainly a standup comic specializing in insults — Don Rickles with an exceptionally high language quotient.

Indeed.

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