Tuesday, December 09, 2003

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today has the following observations on some of the media coverage of the snowstorm over the weekend:

"Is there such a thing as mental frostbite? Something about cold weather seems to make reporters stupid, even more so than they usually are. Consider a few items we noticed over the weekend.

This is from an Associated Press roundup on the big snowstorm that hit the Northeast:

Some high school students got a lucky break when several schools canceled Saturday's scheduled Scholastic Aptitude Tests.
Yeah, we suppose that's a 'lucky break'--unless they want to go to college!

Then there's this photo caption from the Jefferson City (Mo.) News Tribune:

Evening traffic passes by as Anita Walker waits for the city bus to take her home to Dulle Tower. She made a trip out to purchase cigarettes. Walker, who has emphyzema [sic], says the cold air makes it hard for her to breathe.

Yeah, it must be the cold air. And how about this Boston Globe photo caption:

Cherie Williams lifts the midsection of a snow person she and her daughter Olivia, 9, built while waiting for a bus in Asheville, N.C., yesterday.

'Snow person'? We haven't heard such a ridiculous case of politically correct overkill since the early episode of 'The Simpsons' in which Lisa insists on calling the mail lady the 'female carrier.'"

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