It’s a Been a Hard Day for Distinguishing the Satirical Pieces from the Real Ones

So says my friend Walter Olson.

Here are two examples:

(1) Slate: If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person “Reading Walt Whitman in ninth grade changed the way you see the world? Well, getting drunk before basketball games with kids who lived at the trailer park near my house did the same for me. In fact it’s part of the reason I feel so strongly about public schools.”

(2) New Yorker: OBAMA PROMISES SYRIA STRIKE WILL HAVE NO OBJECTIVE “Attempting to quell criticism of his proposal for a limited military mission in Syria, President Obama floated a more modest strategy today, saying that any U.S. action in Syria would have ‘no objective whatsoever.'”

Only one of these is satire.