Today Patterico has a fun post discussing the egg-faced Sacramento Bee, which accidentally posted a draft editorial online and therefore revealed its editorial contempt for voters who soundly rejected California's slate of shell-game try-to-pretend-we-are-balancing-the-budget initiatives that were on the ballot this past Tuesday. (Ezra discussed the initiatives here.)
The Sac Bee — which Patterico, in which I can only assume is an act of satire, calls "Big Media" — lays into those dumb rubes who JUST DON'T GET IT that we must find ways to keep spending all the money we've been spending:
Good morning, California voters. Do you feel better, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system?
Patterico details how the Bee then beat an ignominious retreat by posting a different draft that attacks politicians instead. I'd respect them more if they kept the original up. They'd be pseudo-elitist twaddle-pushing socialists, but at least they'd have grown a pair about it.
Today the Los Angeles Times sounded a similar note of resentful how-dare-you-not-follow-our-advice hysterical recrimination, printing a front page that listed the educational budget cuts that will have to be made in roughly the same font they used to announce 9/11. This is odd. The Los Angeles Times recently had the stones to point out the pervasive problems caused by teachers' unions. Among other things, those unions have succeeded in making California teachers the best paid in the country, earning an average of $64k, or 25% more than the national average. The L.A. Times doesn't seem to connect the dots.
What's the consistent theme between the Bee and the Times? It's journalistic outrage at the notion that government should only offer the services that it can afford with actual, real-world revenue.
[Edit: I note that a number of commentators are suggesting that the Bee is lying when it says that the editorial was posted in error as a draft, and that the Bee actually just changed it when it drew unfavorable reactions. I'm not convinced of that one way or the other.]
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