Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Billlyuns and billyuns, I tell ya

Following up on the latest atrocity from the Spawn of Lucianne, Sebastien at Sadly No conducted a Lexis/Nexis search for the phrases that Goldber specifies in his column:

I'm busy coming up with my opinions, I have no time for facts!

From 1992 to 2000, in major newspapers included in LexisNexis, there were:

-- Zero stories with the word "Clintonophobia." (Doh!)
-- "irrational Clinton hatred?" Zero.
-- "right-wing paranoia?" 43, of which 21 were in non-American papers. If we had more time, we would count the number of times these articles had nothing whatsoever to do with Clinton. Frankly, we don't think that needs to be done anymore.

PS: "Clinton hatred" produced 25 hits, 18 from US sources, which words out to a little over 2 per year. "Dozens if not hundreds" my ass.

Sebastien also examines the rest of the claims in Jonah's column, and (unsurprisingly) finds them equally wanting. Be sure to go read it.

And while you're at it, be sure to check out SullyWatch's nice dissection of the same column.

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