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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Horse nookie sells?

TFM is definitely feeling alright. My sanity is the same as it was yesterday when I wrote this.

One of my most infamous knucklehead winners and a finalist for Knucklehead of the year is James Michael Tait. Mr. Tait was the knucklehead who filmed a friend having sex with a horse.

Thanks to blogger Hooah Wife, I learned about an article at Editor & Publisher. The news reports of Mr. Tait and his co-horts were the most viewed stories at the Seattle Times website!

After reviewing the number of hits top local stories at his newspaper's Web site got in 2005, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat concludes today, "As I look back at the year in news, it's clear I should have focused more on people having sex with horses."

Indeed, four of the most-clicked stories on the Web site this year, including the No. 1 finisher ("by far"), had to do with the same incident: the man who died from a perforated colon while having sex with a horse in nearby Enumclaw. The farm was known on the Internet as a "destination site" for all kinds of sex with animals.

Westneat says, referring to the most popular list, "It's not a survey of what news you say you read. It's what you actually read.

"In fact, the No. 1 horse sex story may have been "the most widely read material this paper has published in its 109-year history. I don't know whether to ignore this alarming factoid or to embrace it." He added: "Or, maybe, some of us are not giving readers enough of what you really want."

Incredible, right? The article goes on to say this is misleading. Saying the traffic spike was due to a link by Drudge to one of these stories. How do they know it wasn't TFM readers, all 144 of you and our obsessive compulsiveness? Remember E&P is the same website that overhyped that NYT blog piece a few weeks back.

No its not really due to us. The article concluded with-

No doubt the stories gained a tremendous number of local eyeballs beyond Drudge. But editors need to analyze where traffic is coming from before jumping to conclusions on what a core audience really wants. Besides, how many horse sex death cases can you count on?

Very few I suspect. I doubt we'll have a generic Knucklehead finalitst quite like James Michael Tait ever again.

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