"Never attribute to malice what you can attribute to stupidity."
That said, all told
, I suspect we need a variation on that, based on Clarke's 3rd law.
"Any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice."
(My journal's not indexed. Googlebombing Amazon Rank
doesn't work from here, though kudos to the Smart Bitches for pulling this off. And, you know, given the givens, I do suspect stupidity over malice in this case. Sufficiently advanced stupidity, of course.)
(Oh, and it's hit the AP and I've seen it on Slate's front page.)