Patterico's Pontifications

8/13/2003

THE RIDICULOUS FOX NEWS SUIT

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 9:44 pm

THE RIDICULOUS FOX NEWS SUIT AGAINST AL FRANKEN IS O’REILLY’S FAULT: Drudge is reporting that “FOX NEWS star Bill O’Reilly lobbied his network to file suit against author Al Franken and his upcoming book ‘Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right,’ top sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.”

This ridiculous lawsuit is making Al Franken look like some kind of First Amendment hero. Leave it to humorless and self-absorbed blowhard Bill O’Reilly to make Al Franken look good. Up until now, Al Franken’s claim to fame was calling Rush Limbaugh fat. Now that’s humor.

SOMEONE TELL DANA MILBANK THAT SARCASM AND STUPIDITY DON’T MIX

Filed under: Media Bias — Patterico @ 9:04 pm

The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank is the master of the comment that is simultaneously smart-alecky and utterly clueless. Since Milbank evidently ain’t too bright, perhaps the proper term for him is “dumb-alecky.” Or, instead of “sarcastic,” Milbank is “dumb-asstic.” I have previously given you a good example of a dumb-aleck comment by Milbank, here.

Well, Milbank is at it again. Today, in an exceptionally silly story about John Kerry eating cheesesteak, Milbank makes the following dumb-asstic statement: “Appearing out of touch with the common man can be deadly for a candidate. Recall George H.W. Bush’s wonderment in the 1992 campaign upon coming across a supermarket scanner.”

What I recall is that the “Bush was amazed by a supermarket scanner” story has long been known to be an urban legend. As snopes.com explains: “Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times hadn’t even been present at the grocers’ convention. [A New York Times reporter filing a story about an event he didn’t even witness? Say it ain’t so! — ed.] He based his article on a two-paragraph report filed by the lone pool newspaperman allowed to cover the event, Gregg McDonald of the Houston Chronicle, who merely wrote that Bush had a ‘look of wonder’ on his face and didn’t find the event significant enough to mention in his own story. Moreover, Bush had good reason to express wonder: He wasn’t being shown then-standard scanner technology, but a new type of scanner that could weigh groceries and read mangled and torn bar codes.

So, in the fine tradition of the New York Times, a reporter files a story he knows nothing about. And in the fine tradition of Dana Milbank, the long-discredited canard is repeated more than a decade after the story was first revealed to be bogus.

Another fine job by Dana Milbank.


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