Which One Is Not Like The Others?
May 03, 2011, 03:14 PM
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Here are the most popular articles on the Washington Post website early on May 3:
  1. Secretive Virginia SEALs thrill community by taking down bin Laden
  2. Why Glenn Beck lost it
  3. Osama bin Laden killed in U.S. raid, buried at sea
  4. Who shot bin Laden? Former SEALs fill in the blanks
  5. Osama bin Laden buried at sea after being killed by U.S.
Let`s see, four of the headlines include "bin Laden," two include "SEALs," and two are virtually the same: "Osama bin Laden killed in U.S. raid, buried at sea" and "Osama bin Laden buried at sea after being killed by U.S." From this we can surmise that the reading public is presently interested in Osama bin Laden, Navy SEALs, the U.S., and burial at sea, for reasons that need no explication.

On the other hand, there`s "Why Glenn Beck lost it," Dana Milbank`s April 7th column accusing the fired TV talker of anti-Semitism, or at least of being the kind of person who might someday have an anti-Semitic thought flit through his brain and therefore must be silenced today. It has been near the top of the WaPo`s popularity chart for almost four weeks now, while nothing else lasts more than two or three days. Heck, I can barely recall what I wrote a month ago, much less anybody else remembering it. By pundit standards, Milbank has achieved Iliad-level immortality.

So, here`s to you, Dana Milbank!