News analysis | Coping with Washington’s silly season
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/29/19, 09:35 pm
I read the news today, oh boy / … I just had to laugh / I saw the photograph (the Beatles, 1967).
British and American journalists since the 19th century have known August as “the silly season,” the time when both Parliament and Congress are out of session: less political news, more opportunity to fill pages with accounts of trivial or frivolous matters. So we’ve had photos of bare-chested Vladimir Putin, a dozen people squeezing into a phone booth, massive vegetables, escaped cows, and dogs on surfboards.