Monday, April 01, 2013

Over here are the levees

"Passes over." What a kidder, that Fair 'n' Balanced Network!

But seriously, folks: how would you write the day's outrage story* if the assignment fell your way?

Google’s decision to mark Easter Sunday with a doodle of leftist icon Cesar Chavez atop its search engine angered some users in what they see as a snub of Jesus on the day Christians mark his resurrection.

Well, just a few points:

1) "Leftist icon"?
2) It kind of helps that we have a fairly good idea of what Cesar Chavez looked like.** One of the problems with deciding on a Doodle Jesus is that the best answer might be "probably sorta brown, too."
3) On the list of stuff that even serious journalists seem incapable of getting right -- um, do you guys know that lots of Christians haven't marked the resurrection yet this year?

Google defended the decision by saying it reserves the spot for historical figures and events, but a review of its past doodles shows it has never honored Jesus on Christmas or Easter, despite his historical and spiritual significance to billions around the world.

“I thought the Chavez-google thing was a hoax or an early April Fool's Day prank,” Fox News contributor Dana Perino tweeted. “ ... are they just going to leave that up there all day?”

That's some pretty impressive logrolling there, when your first source in the outrage story is on your payroll. Is there a Fox touch we're missing yet?

The Daily Caller website also chimed in, noting the establishing ties between Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and the Obama administration.

Well, that settles that.

Anyway, go enjoy the whole thing -- all the way to the last graf:

A search of Google's past doodles for words like "Jesus" produced zero results.

Are you starting to wonder what a doodle of Jesus Christ on a popsicle stick would look like?

* At the time of the screen grab, the No. 4 story on the old agenda of media salience. If you're scoring along at home, that is.
** Not like Hugo, if that helps.

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