Ouch. This type of highly

Ouch.

This type of highly ironic “fooled-you” article seems to be much in vogue at the moment. The formula is simple: quote a famous politician saying absolutely shocking things about a hot topic (like Iraq), tell how horrified and indignant his political arch-enemy is at what he’s saying, then hammer the reader with the truth — that the shocking things were actually said by the arch-enemy in regard to a similar topic in the past. In this case, it makes Tom DeLay look like a total fool and a hypocrite (not that that’s so hard to do).

Is this a legitimate form of journalism? It works, but if you don’t read down to the end of the article you could end up with a serious misimpression….

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

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