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Why I Quit Reading The Atlantic

Once upon a time, The Atlantic used to be a great magazine which was traditionally devoid of any real bias, but would give both sides of the political debate an even share.  They had conservatives, they had liberals, but they never played favorites and never had a bias for or against anyone in politics.

That pretty much changed when their Editor-in-Chief Michael Kelly died while covering the Iraq War.  Since then, the magazine’s steep decline and slide has been hard to ignore.  It’s turned into a magazine where its writers act like divas (Andrew Sullivan anyone?) and its reporters (Marc Ambinder) act more like spin doctors for those inside the Obama White House.

Now take this post from the Atlantic’s blog by Daniel Indiviglio, I’m taking it as posted by James Joyner at his blog “Outside the Beltway.”

At 3:08 yesterday afternoon, The Atlantic‘s Daniel Indiviglio posted a piece titled “Kenneth Starr Charged With Running $30 Million Ponzi Scheme” and with the lede,

Somewhere, Bill Clinton is smiling. One-time special prosecutor who uncovered the dirty details of the former President’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky has been engaged in some bad behavior of his own, according to the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission.

At ~3:18, he posted a correction:

Apparently there are two famous Kenneth Starrs. The one charged is an investment advisor to the stars, but not the former special prosecutor. Apologies to Bill Clinton if we got his hopes up — and to the other Kenneth Starr.

I’m not sure whether this means bloggers should wait 10 minutes longer before posting wild stories, Kenneth Starr (not the one charged with massive crimes, but the other one) has a hell of a reputation management system, or what.

10 minutes from posting to correction.  Good to see the research standards at The Atlantic are up to snuff.

It’s a pity one can’t say the same about the editorial staff.

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