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Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Sullivan Watch

Andrew Sullivan made some hay in his never-ending campaign against the New York Times (you know, Andrew, we've all been rejected for jobs before; let it go) using the so-called Iraqi "drone."

First he wrote: "Compare the reports in the London Times with the New York Times or the Washington Post (zilch) on the alleged undisclosed drone aircraft buried in the appendix to Hans Blix's report to the U.N. last week. I don't know what to make of it. It seems a big deal to me, although the NYT makes a bigger deal about cluster bombs. I'm not an arms inspector, so I'm not sure why this discrepancy in coverage exists."

Then he wrote: "CNN has it [the "drone"] as its lead headline. Can Howell keep spinning for de Villepin indefinitely?" (Howell is, of course, Howell Raines, the Editor of the New York Times.)

But, it turns out that the drone isn't a big deal. It actually "appears to be made of balsa wood and duct tape, with two small propellors attached to what look like the engines of a weed whacker."

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