Thursday, October 16, 2008

Post-debate silliness of the year

Of the three debates, this was perhaps the most substantive and saw the nominees dealing with each other directly, sitting near each other at a desk with Bob Schieffer of CBS.

It's OK for reporters to have opinions, but could we do a little better at keeping their really stupid opinions in check? Especially considering the first two grafs of this gem?

The central figure of the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night of the 2008 campaign wasn’t Democrat Barack Obama or Republican John McCain.

It was Joe the Plumber.

And we're going to infer substance from that exactly how again?

Here's one that the morning fishwrap is likely to correct in some abstruse fashion. I don't know how yet, and it's like Christmas Eve waiting to see what the corrections column looks like:

As McCain accused Obama of running negative ads and described what he called Rep. John Lewis’ “hurtful” comparison of him to anti-segregationist George Wallace, the Republican nominee also said the American people have a right to know the depth of the relationship Obama has with William Ayers, a Chicago educator who was a member of the Weather Underground, a radical antiwar group that planted bombs at federal buildings and the Pentagon decades ago.

Yow. You can see how some poor copyed was lulled to sleep by the manic ineptitude of the sentence structure, but ... "anti-segregationist George Wallace"? Does someone, at long last, feel at least the smallest twinge of regret for driving any editors born before 1980 inexorably toward the buyout?


Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...


I don't know which will hurt worse - the folks who know who George Wallace is ... or the ones who don't and are now wondering why McCain is hurt to be compared to an anti-segregationist.

5:37 AM, October 17, 2008  

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