Linked and Loaded Friday


Links to what I’ve been reading. Lot’s of end of the year roundups out there.

Suzy Khimm rounds up Wonkblog’s 20 most popular posts of the year:

We’ve been posting a lot of year-end round-ups lately. This one, however, is your year-end round-up. These were the 20 highest trafficked posts on Wonkblog in 2011. Unemployment, budget battles, GOP brinksmanship, and the economics of clean-energy were all big attention-grabbers. But looking at the list, it’s also clear we need to write more about food.

More of “Best of FF,” this time David Frum recounts his time writing editorials for the Wall Street Journal and how far its fallen from grace:

If you were to write a story about government debt, you’d probably be inclined to write about the two sets of government decisions that produce deficits or surpluses : decisions about expenditure and decisions about revenue. You’d want to do that not only as a matter of fairness, but also as a matter of math.

And that’s why, my friend, you would wash out as a WSJ editorialist. They wrote this editorial without any reference to revenues whatsoever. Boom! Gone! Don’t deny reality. Defy reality.

Kevin Drum joins the bandwagon, offering his most popular posts. My favorite? The $16 Muffin Myth:

All the cool kids are doing two things at the end of the year. The first is a top ten list of most popular posts. I managed to figure out how to find this information from our Google Analytics account, and I’m so proud of myself that I’m going to share the results. Here are my highest traffic posts of 2011

Stan Collender grades the GOP candidates on the budget. Hint: they’re not passing.

[…] Even when a candidate mentions specific policies, that discussion is almost always at a macro level that allows every voter to feel as if he or she will be protected.

Not only is that true in this case, but almost all of the GOP presidential candidates are currently talking about plans that would make the deficit and debt situation worse even though they’re labeled as deficit reduction.

Ramesh Ponnuru joins the fray over PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year debacle:

PolitiFact doubtless regards its having criticized both Republicans and Democrats as evidence of its evenhandedness and concern for truth. And I am sure that they are indeed calling things as they see them without regard to party. But PolitiFact often seems unaware that the same facts can be interpreted in different ways, with neither interpretation qualifying as a lie. Here is a different interpretation of its evenhandedness: PolitiFact was wrong last year and this year — in each case injecting a little poison into the political system in the name of cleaning it up.


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