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January 23, 2005

Rathergate story, told in anagrams of "Powerlineblog."

Well, I’ve got the Powerlineblog Rathergate anagram* narrative done. Hardest anagramming I’ve ever done. Would it have killed them to put an “a” or an “s” in the name of their site?

The Instapundit anagram narrative and the Little Green Footballs anagram narrative held together without much annotation, but this one needed chapter summaries to make sense. Like "Little Green Footballs," "Powerlineblog" contained the word “goner,” so I was able to use that term to describe Dan Rather again.

(Because this narrative isn't quite as self-explanatory as the others, I've written explanations after some of the lines in white type. Highlight to make them visible if you need them.)

"W" NG Lie = Blooper!

A story in anagrams

Chapter 1:
Bill Burkett nurses a grudge and seeks to destroy Bush
by spreading lies through the mass media.

Elbowing prole
(That'd be Burkett.)
on prowl: Beg, lie,

libel GOP. “W = Nero!”

Begin Orwell op.
(Using supposedly nonpartisan “news” media as a partisan bludgeon = Orwellian.)

Chapter 2:
Bill Burkett forges the memos;
Dan Rather broadcasts them on his program.

Bile on pol grew.
(Burkett could no longer contain his resentment of his least favorite pol.)
Goober will pen

libel. Pow! Goner:
(Goner = Dan Rather.)
“We libel on prog.
(Prog. = abbreviation for “Program.”)
I leer — GOP blown!”

Opine well, Borg.
(Borg=“person who has been absorbed into the collective mind”--the anti-Bush media hive mind.)

Chapter 3:
Powerline and the blogosphere step in.

Now, re: GOP libel:

We blog on peril.

W, lie? Long probe...
(Did W lie about his Texas Air NG service? Blogs began to probe diligently…)

Chapter 4:
It becomes clear that Burkett is a liar.
The story falls apart.

Bingo! “W peer”? LOL!
(Per Dan, Burkett was in the "TX Air Guard," like Bush. Wrong; he was in the Army National Guard.)
Loner, below pig!
(A bit harsh, but some would feel it's a reasonable depiction of Burkett)
Pro-Lib glee now

blip. Longer woe

ere long. Pow, Lib!
(The momentary joy of having tarnished Bush was just a blip. A long woe — 4 years long — awaited the Libs.)

Chapter 5:
Dan Rather stonewalls to save his job.
Public opinion shifts in favor of Bush.

GOP libeler now:

“GOP boner? Well, I...

... I ... We probe NG!” (LOL.)
(Dan claimed he would continue to probe the National Guard [NG] story.)
No, W/GOP libeler.
(Nope, Dan. Can’t get away with it.)
Web poll: “I” gone “R.”
(The NG story swayed some independents toward Bush [“R”].)

Chapter 6:
Bad news for Burkett: Bush is re-elected.

Bill, GOP e’er won!


*Anagram: A word or phrase created using all the letters, and only the letters, of another word or phrase. Every line in black uses all the letters, and only the letters, in "Powerlineblog."

Update: Welcome, Powerline readers! Look around, check out some of the other posts listed above on the right, make yourselves at home. Read my comment on Powerline's take on the Harvard/Summers/women and math controversy. Or take a look at some recent spooky photos of NYC's bridges in a freak fog — my fogblog.

Update: I just realized I've left out the blogs on the left. These fine citizen journalists deserve anagrams that reveal their dynamic, proactive role in exposing this egregious abuse of the public trust. Here they are:

Atrios:     Or... I sat.

Kos:      's OK.

Posted by EtherPundit at January 23, 2005 06:32 PM   Category: Anagrams , Greatest Hits , Language , Media , Rathergate Anagrams


Wow. Very nice. I liked the Kos and Atrios anagrams too.

Posted by: Mick McMick at January 24, 2005 04:37 PM

Very brainy. Very impressive. You're definitely getting better with each one. Isn't amazing how enduring the entertainment out of Rathergate has been. It's the least CBS owes us for years of bias, distortion, manipulation, and yes, fraud.

Posted by: sobellejanet [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 24, 2005 05:04 PM

Well, then, here's the story of the 2004 election as seen by the blogosphere, told in anagrams of EtherHouse:

Here. OH. Tues.

The U.S. eHero:

"See rout! Heh."

Here's To Hue!

Posted by: Korla Pundit at January 25, 2005 01:48 PM

Yeah, I misspelled "you." Or "Hugh," which also works.

Posted by: Korla Pundit at January 25, 2005 01:50 PM

Yes, you're absolutely right. When there are words with rpeaeted letters, like butter, you will have to form 2 sub-trees with the letter t. In addition, in the sub tree of b, you get two sub-trees of bt. Yes, this algorithm is indeed inefficient. I'm pretty busy right now, but I plan on writing another algorithm that only finds whole anagrams (as this one finds partial anagrams, like eat is a partial anagram of team). I'll try and post a video on that one as well, but it may be a bit

Posted by: Jules at September 29, 2012 02:42 AM