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[Susan notes: Even though I know snide doesn't work for publication, sometimes I can't help myself. I expanded this letter into an opinion piece, Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!]

Submitted to New York Times but not published

To the editor

Bill Keller's opinion piece War on the Core (Aug. 19, 2013) is long on opinion and short on facts, showing readers that

Cherry-picking is

a) the last refuge of scoundrels

b) the last refuge of the lazy

c) a) and b)

Surely resurrecting the "thoughtful" Bill Bennett to make one's case is an act of desperation.

Quoting from two members of the same neo-conservative think tank in one article seems dubious, especially given the dismissal of unidentified progressive opponents with an "as well."

Susan Ohanian

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