Inspired by Atrios’ comments below, let’s take Instapundit’s invitation and compare the George Carlin civility indexes of Glenn Reynolds and Josh Marshall. Don’t give me guff about “who cares?” or “what does this mean?” or “isn’t comparing criticism of the Bush administration you disagree with to the Turner Diaries much less civil than using the word “piss”?” We have been informed that this is a highly meaningful comparison that will Embarrass The Left! Onward:
#1: Reynolds, 6 pages of hits. Heavens to Betsy, get me the smelling salts and the fainting couch! JMM, only 5.
#2: Reynolds: 5 pages of hits! Shocking! Marshall gets 2 pages, not all of them his.
#3: Reynolds: 4 pages of hits! Calling miss manners! Masrhall himself seems to have one usage, some more at the Horses’ Mouth and/or its comments.
#4: Reynolds is clean. Give him a Fauntleroy Ribbon of Civileritude. With the spam eliminated, JMM is also clean.
#5 The word has appeared twice in Instapundit’s hallowed pages, the horror! What will we tell the children!?!?! JMM is clean.
#6: Reynolds has allowed this word to appear twice! Oh my! JMM is clean.
#7: Appears chez Reynolds only once. His participation in the smear campaign against Jessica Valenti doesn’t count because he avoided this word. Marhsall gets some hits but none referring to the female breasticle, so he’s clean.
Anyway, the evidence is clear: Josh Marhsall is a Serious Thinker Interested In Ideas, while Glenn Reynolds is an uncivil potty mouth who can be safely ignored, QED.
…Ted Barlow, in the thread below: “There isn’t much left of the dried up corpse of “South Park Republicanism”, is there? Just the feeling of entitlement to mock minorities, then sneer and say “Jeez, just kidding.”" Heh. Indeed!