Friday, February 20, 2009

How to succeed

Ah, Fox: Is it the grammar or is it the thinly disguised fiction posing as news? Or (happy day) is it both?

What we seem to have here is a sort of midterm report: one character's not doing well, the other might still meet the goals of the class. But Fox isn't interested in Vicki Kennedy's success; it's interested in whether she might succeed her husband, transitively. Given that there appears to be room for a "him" at the end of the hed, it's hard to understand why Fox took the silly route.

Well, not that hard -- Fox has its eye on bigger game: "speculation grows" that Those Democrats are up to their dynastic European succession tricks again! Its source is the always-reliable Boston Herald, sniffing out the Real Truth from a multipart series appearing, Pravda-like, in what it calls the Boring Broadsheet:

And yesterday’s installment was interpreted by some close to the matter as the first step in a torch-passing to Kennedy’s wife, Vicki.

“It appeared to be setting up Vicki’s senate campaign,” said one insider.

How we get from high-quality sourcing like that to "speculation grows" -- well, that's up to the gang at Fox. Say something often enough and eventually you can succeed in making it come true!



Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Plus, of course, if the Democrats succeed (hee hee) in their nefarious plan, it would be the first time ever that a spouse succeeded a dead senator or congressman.

5:29 PM, February 20, 2009  
Blogger Pete said...

Another read on the hed would be that his wife is trying to make the senator worse. This would require a semi-colon or, in a pinch, a colon, but since the whole thing makes no sense anyway, why dally in punctuation issues?

2:38 AM, February 21, 2009  
Blogger Caran said...

To The Ridger, FCD: Didn't Mary Bono succeed Sonny after his death? I don't recall whether there was someone appointed to fill the seat until the special election.

5:27 PM, February 24, 2009  

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