As happened with the capture of Saddam Hussein and the "shock and awe" bombing of Baghdad, some American news organizations yesterday covered the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi with marked enthusiasm, verging on inappropriate glee.
Perhaps the tone was set by the cheering and sustained applause by Iraqis at the Baghdad news conference announcing al-Zarqawi's death. But American television didn't have to follow that gung-ho lead to the extent that some channels did throughout the day.
The 24-hour cable news channels and their Web sites were the worst offenders, though other news organizations shared that lack of proportion and restraint.
Some people are bigger asses than others, but the cretins working for the Baltimore Sun are in the running for some kind of "uber ass" prize.