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Thursday, October 08, 2009

Instapundit Floods the Zone

Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, has a bug up, bee in his bonnet over the plight of women's ski-jumpers, their so far futile attempts at recognition by the International Olympic Committee and the right to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics. By my count he has posted twelve times on the subject and today he does so yet again: NOT GIVING UP: Women’s ski jumpers still hoping for flight in 2010 Games.

Reynolds' fixation with the women's ski-jumpers seems naggingly familiar to me and with his latest posting I am finally able to nail it: Howell Raines, the former editor of the New York Times, and his tireless, equally futile thumping for the admission of women to the male-only Augusta National Golf Club. Covering that earlier tempest-in-a-teapot seven years ago, Jack Shafer in Slate wrote: "The headline of today's Page One, above-the-fold story —'CBS Staying Silent in Debate on Women Joining Augusta'—is the giveaway that the Times is blowing on embers in hopes that the story will reignite."

Indeed. Keep puffing, Professor!

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