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It’s A Dog’s World

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:41 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Saturday Night Live provides some Sunday fun with a skit about Conan, the heroic Belgian Malinois who was injured during the Al-Baghdadi raid. It’s especially fun to watch after a number of major media outlets (including The New York Times and The Washington Post) embarrassed themselves over President Trump’s retweet of an obviously photoshopped image depicting the President awarding a military dog a medal. As if we needed more reasons to roll our eyes at Big Media…

Anyway, enjoy:

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


16 Responses to “It’s A Dog’s World”

  1. It’s funny how Big Media had such a ruff time with Trump’s retweet. Almost as if they collectively lack a sense of humor.

    Dana (cb74ca)

  2. I wonder if SNL will take on Joe Quixote:

    harkin (337580)

  3. Animal House.

    [Do the Trump-o; Do the Trump-o.]

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  4. Belgian Malinois have a incredible nose for bomb sniffing.

    mg (8cbc69)

  5. What’s funny though, is that I’m pretty sure that is a German Shepherd in the skit, not a Belgian Malanois. Their faces are very similar, but body structure and fur are different.

    Dana (cb74ca)

  6. Where’s the pony?

    nk (dbc370)

  7. Ok, I watched almost three minutes of that dog-meat. Is that what passes for funny these days?

    nk (dbc370)

  8. Good idea – badly executed.

    rcocean (1a839e)

  9. There were lots of good ideas when the Times and Post were being ridiculed this week over their dog photo obsession:

    harkin (337580)

  10. Meh. My sense of humor obviously isn’t as sophisticated as yours, nk. I thought it was cute. Not belly laugh worthy, of course, but light and fun, and that’s a welcome relief. Plus the dog is awfully sweet.

    Dana (cb74ca)

  11. @7. Ever seen ‘Bedtime For Bonzo’? Watch almost three minutes of those monkeyshines then ask yourself, ‘is that what passed for funny in those days?’

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  12. @10. It was very cute. Especially when the pooch adlibbed and licked her face– and they added the water drinking bit– a ‘fauxpaws’ of sorts. 😉

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  13. The New York Times did a whole investigation of President trump’s claim that Baghdadi screamed and cried and whimpered when he was cornered and published it on the front oage of their papere on Saturday:

    It starts as factual reporting, but eventually segues into outright editorializing. It;s not abad editorial, but it is editorializing. The reporter goes beyond just finding someone to quote

    It was a vivid scene worthy of the ending of a Hollywood thriller, the image of a ruthless terrorist mastermind finally brought to justice “whimpering and crying and screaming all the way” to his death. But it may be no more true than a movie script.

    In the days since President Trump gave the world a graphic account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s last minutes, no evidence has emerged to confirm it. The secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the regional commander who oversaw the operation that killed the leader of the Islamic State all say they have no idea what the president was talking about.

    Four other Defense Department officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share details of the raid, said they had seen no after-action reports, situation reports or other communications that support Mr. Trump’s claim. Nor did they have any indication that Mr. Trump spoke with any of the Delta Force commandos or ground commanders in the hours between the Saturday night raid and his Sunday morning televised announcement.

    One American official who was deeply familiar with the operation dismissed the president’s version of events as mere grandstanding. Another senior official briefed extensively on the mission said, “I don’t know how he would know that. It sounds like something he made up.” The surveillance drone video Mr. Trump watched in the Situation Room had no live audio.

    The White House, for its part, has provided neither corroboration nor explanation of the president’s account. Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, dismissed “trying to pick apart the details of the death” of the leader of the Islamic State. “Is it not possible to just celebrate that a terrorist, murderer and rapist has been killed?” she asked in an email.

    Pressed on where Mr. Trump got the details he shared on national television, she said, “we are not going to get into any of the operational details of how the president receives information.” Asked if his account was true, she did not respond…..


    As for Mr. al-Baghdadi, it is certainly true that there was no mourning his death in Washington this week. During his five-year reign, the Islamic State proved itself one of the most brutal terrorist organizations on the planet, establishing a murderous rule over millions while beheading and raping captured Americans.

    Nor did anyone argue with the characterization of Mr. al-Baghdadi as a coward after he detonated a suicide vest with children nearby on Sunday, killing them along with himself.

    But that was apparently not enough for Mr. Trump. In his announcement and subsequent question and answer session, he used the word “whimpering” six times, “crying” five times and “screaming” four times.

    The article then goes back to more like reporting, but then editotializes again:

    Mr. Trump has always had an active imagination, on matters large and small. While in business, he called reporters pretending to be a Trump spokesman named John Barron boasting about Mr. Trump in the third person. For years, [sic – he did tha on;y for afew months and never claimed to be certain about it] he peddled the lie that Mr. Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii and he claimed to see “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheering the fall of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, a claim that was thoroughly debunked.

    Mr. Trump has long cited a friend named “Jim” who supposedly told him about the decline of Paris, but news organizations have failed to ever establish Jim’s existence. While president, Mr. Trump boasted that the chief of the Boy Scouts called him to praise his speech to its jamboree and asserted that the president of Mexico called to inform him about Mr. Trump’s successful border enforcement. The White House eventually admitted that neither call took place.

    Mr. Trump’s misadventures with the truth have been tabulated by The Washington Post, which has counted more than 13,000 false or misleading statements since he took office. The public is no longer surprised. In March, just 19 percent of Americans said Mr. Trump always tells the truth, according to a Reuters poll, while 40 percent said he tells the truth only sometimes and 41 percent said he never tells the truth….

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)


    So this Malinois warrants decoration while “a dog” gets derision? Or is it just that every dog has its day? I used to believe that adage until Trump came along. He has had more than 1,000 days in the presidency, even as the White House goes to the dogs.

    Journalists with many news organizations (The Washington Post, New York magazine, Slate and more) have had a field day with Trump’s dogged use of “dog” as an all-purpose put-down. When it comes to “like a dog,” he’s like a dog with a bone….

    Sammy Finkelman (102c75)

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