Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins joins us for another installment of our series looking at the outlandish things politicians have been saying and doing lately, How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?


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Comments [5]


this audio links to the Calif subject - please fix.
Maybe it's been deliberately tampered with?

Oct. 03 2010 12:08 PM

well that was a waste! a very serious topic turned silly. this is NOT what I pay u for!!

Sep. 21 2010 01:33 PM

she never mentioned where the "little blood" by the altar came from.

Sep. 21 2010 01:24 PM

science and education are not respected by this country. myth and voodoo rule the day. where does this come from? why do we hate science so much more that our european cousins.

Sep. 21 2010 12:42 PM
Ben from Park Slope

I'm no great John McCain fan and I voted for Obama. But I also believe in quality reporting.

Recently, Gail Collins, writing about "the loopy things that politicians say," was incredulous about how John McCain talked during his campaign about "illegal immigrants deliberately causing accidents on our highways." Collins dismissed this in her column as the rantings of a crazy old man.

In fact, I read about this in the New York Times more than a decade ago. It seems someone had come up with an insurance scam in which insured drivers are "pegged in" by multiple cars, after which the car in front slams on the brakes. This causes an accident, the other drivers can sue, and according to the Times article, illegal immigrants were being recruited for this.

So by all means please continue to report on the irrational talk in Washington. But there is no shortage of it, so please take the time as well to do the homework befitting the column inches given to you by what used to be a great newspaper.

If the story is in your very own paper, perhaps you should have read it?

Sep. 21 2010 11:39 AM

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