Tuesday, February 26, 2008

You're kidding! And here we thought ...

Nobody manages to be shocked (shocked!) to find gambling going on here quite like -- well, quite like the AP, as it turns out.* Here, a local brownshirt is winding up the crowd for a McCain rally in Cincinnati:

Cunningham had delivered remarks that painted a grim future for America if “Barack Hussein Obama” were** elected president. He mentioned Obama’s middle name three times.

To his credit, the candidate apologized directly on taking the stage. But note the clever sideswipe in reporting on the follow-up:

Asked whether the use of Obama’s middle name — the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein — is proper, McCain said: “No, it is not."

Really? You mean it? The exact same as that guy in Iraq***? Is that a coincidence, or what?

* I gave the credit to Fox at first, but the wording appears to come from the AP tale itself. Another reminder that assumptions are no substitute for reporting.
** Ahem. The hypercorrection, though, seems to be all Fox.
*** Who used to be such good buddies with Bob Dole and Alan Simpson and those guys?


Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Wait a minute. You mean his name was Saddam Hussein Hussein?

7:33 PM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

Sorry for the confusion! See, Saddam Hussein's middle name was "Barack," and the talk radio hosts in Tikrit used to call him "S. Barack Hussein," just to yank his chain.

The long winter nights simply flew by ...

7:43 PM, February 26, 2008  

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