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St. Louis Post-Disgrace

Posted on | July 27, 2012 | 19 Comments

The World’s Worst Excuse for a Daily Newspaper today published an editorial of unimaginable wretchedness, comparing Republicans to Stalin — yes, Stalin — for their opposition to ObamaCare.

Republicans, according to this perverse analogy, are the moral equivalent of a genocidal mass murderer because a study by the New England Journal of Medicine found that a certain number of non-insured people would die if ObamaCare isn’t fully implemented:

So you’re OK with people suffering needlessly? And you’re OK with killing 17,000 people a year? Because if you are, admit it. Don’t hide behind “we can’t afford it.”

Voting against ObamaCare is therefore — according to the vicious dimwits who write editorials at The World’s Worst Excuse for a Daily Newspaper — the same thing as the Ukrainian terror-famine and the systematic liquidation of the kulaks.

Dan Riehl believes he has identified the author of this unsigned editorial, but in checking the staff listings, I don’t see that guy’s name.

At any rate, you can call 314-340-8000 and let the editors of The World’s Worst Excuse for a Daily Newspaper know that you don’t like being compared to a mass-murdering dictator.

(Hat-tip: Gateway Pundit.)

UPDATE: Apologies to Dan Riehl who, as usual, was right: Tony Messenger is indeed editorial page editor of the Post-Disgrace.

UPDATE II (Smitty): welcome, Instpundit readers!


19 Responses to “St. Louis Post-Disgrace”

  1. Red Dawn
    July 27th, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

    How silly; the whole point of the inaptly named perversion called Obama “care” seems to be an attempt at imposing “social” justice through the “medical” system.

    “Medical” justice, if you will.

  2. DaveO
    July 27th, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    Is this the same St Louis that threatened to jail anyone who spoke out against Obama during the 2008 and 2010 elections (with the real threat of rape and assault up to manslaughter encouraged)?

  3. scarymatt
    July 27th, 2012 @ 7:06 pm

    The CBO and the Harvard School of Public Health researchers who did the study in The New England Journal were dealing with statistics. They are best guesses by impartial experts.

    Probably peer reviewed, so you know it’s true. BWAHAHAHAHA! 

    Seriously, though, that editorial is the sort of thing you’d expect to see on The People’s Cube. Or, I guess, the NY Times. BIRM.

  4. Roxeanne de Luca
    July 27th, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    Just when you think journalism can’t hit a new low, it takes a cue from Amanda Marcotte, forgets to update its rabies shots, and goes wild-eyed beast on the nice people of America.

    Seriously, though: Claire McCaskill is up for reelection.  In 2006, the Dems won a handful of Senate seats by razor-thin margins, and all those seats (FL, VA, MO, and MT) are up this year. 

    As Da TechGuy would say, ride right through ’em, they’re demoralised as hell!

  5. Bob Belvedere
    July 27th, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    Roxe: Your site is down.

  6. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    July 27th, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    Now that Godwin’s Law gets called all the time, is the new game going with Stalin instead?  

  7. DaveO
    July 27th, 2012 @ 9:05 pm


  8. Adjoran
    July 27th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    Once again, your vaunted claims to accuracy fall short.  Although the editorial is indeed an egregious accusation against opponents of ObamaCare and based on spurious assumptions, you have allowed yourself to be discredited by the false statement in the opening sentence.

    The author does use a Stalin quote, but does not compare anyone to him.  This will without doubt be the basis of the counterattack on your article, and the central point will be lost in the noise.

    Was it just too good to resist?

  9. comatus
    July 27th, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    You know, when they put it that way, 17000 doesn’t seem like such a big number.  They’re going to regret going all stats-anal like that.  Another lesson from Stalin’s notebook.

  10. Ben
    July 27th, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

    Good God, if you’re going to compare me to Stalin, at least have the spine to put your name to it. Unbelievable.

  11. Ben
    July 27th, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    Oh, please. Short of saying, “you are like Stalin,” how much more of a direct comparison could he make?

    From the article:

    “The real savings must be measured by people who don’t die and people who don’t get sick. Human beings.To quote that eminent expert on mass deaths, Josef Stalin, ‘When one man dies it is a tragedy, when thousands die it’s statistics.’And you’re OK with killing 17,000 people a year?”

  12. David Gano Wrone
    July 27th, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

    The Post Dispatch’s editorial/news division has been contracting for years – like a slug flung into a bucket of salt. (So slim is the news hole, the newsroom itself has fired all its receptionists, leaving editors to pull phone duty.) They’ll never ‘get’ it, as this incident shows.

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  14. BruceC
    July 28th, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    I’m not sure if he’s still there  (I haven’t read the PD in years) but this sounds a lot like the writing of Eric Mink (A.K.A Minko the Pinko)

  15. davod
    July 28th, 2012 @ 4:21 am

    ” NHS [UK] doctors are prematurely ending the lives of thousands  [130,00 a year] of elderly hospital patients because they are difficult to manage or to free up beds, a senior consultant claimed yesterday.”

    This equates to well over 700,000 elderly US patients. Hmm. 17,000 versus 700,000.  Of course, that could never happen here could it? 

    Read more:

  16. rickinstl
    July 28th, 2012 @ 5:29 am

    I think that punk Mink has moved on.  My first thought was that this came from Deb Petterson, the gossip columnist who was somehow promoted to the editorial page last week.  And no, I don’t know how writing reports about the happenings at the latest fine arts charity gala qualifies one to write for the editorial page. 
    At least in the real world.  I’m going to laugh my ass off when the PD is finally gone and I start seing these people selling pencils on street corners.

  17. Frank
    July 28th, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Its clear that you only read words instead of narrative. They offer primers to overcome your deficiency. 

  18. Jdonigan
    July 28th, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    That’s “Pink Disgrace.”

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