Monday, April 21, 2008

No, but thanks for asking

The nice thing about a really, really attentive propa- ganda operation is that it's always working -- for you! As midnight draws near on the day before the enemy votes again, then, the little cousins at Fox made sure to swap out the dominant visual presence on the front page so you could -- well, so you could know that Pastor Byrd just wants to make you think! He's not a babbling loony with eyeholes in every pillowcase he owns. He's not political or anything. He just wants you to think! Just ask him, or let WSPA ask him:

"His name is so close to Osama I have a feeling he might be Islamic therefore he doesn't recognize Christ," Pastor Byrd said.

Um, somebody get Language Log on the radio and call in an emergency phonology strike on Pastor Byrd's position.



Blogger Andy Bechtel said...

Is it Jonesboro or Jonesville? The sign and the cutline do not agree.

12:09 PM, April 22, 2008  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

I believe Jesus said all men are brothers.

Byrd. Humm. (Isn't that usually Hmmm, by the way?) That's so close to Burd (as in Bashar ibn) that this guy might be Islamic...

4:15 PM, April 22, 2008  
Blogger Tybalt said...

Did you see *this* little gem from UPI, though?

JONESVILLE, S.C., April 22 (UPI) -- The pastor of a South Carolina church says he wasn't trying to stir up trouble with a sign that could be inferred as comparing Barack Obama to Osama bin Laden.

The sign advertises Pastor Roger Byrd's sermon as, "Obama, Osama, hmm, are they brothers?"

Despite a Muslim-sounding name, the freshman Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate is a practicing Christian and longtime member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Jones, who presides at Jonesville Church of God, told WYFF-TV, Greeneville, that the title was aimed at raising the question of what might happen if a president who doesn't believe in Jesus Christ – not specifically a Muslim -- is elected.

"It's just something to try to stir people's minds," said Jones. "It was never intended to hurt feelings or to offend anybody."

So I guess it's official - the UPI believes Obama has a "Muslim-sounding name." Nice one, guys.

5:28 PM, April 22, 2008  
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