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ny_12991Today’s case of omgareyouseriouslyfuckingkiddingme-youridiculousmediaassholes:

A number of readers have raised questions [ed: FAINT!] about the president’s statement that he goes skeet shooting “all the time”… In these suspicious times, they would like to see some evidence. But the White House has been oddly silent about the matter.

OMG! Questions have been raised! The White House is being SILENT!! Bring this man some smelling salts!

For those of you who haven’t seen the Standard Media Playbook, here’s what happens with bullshit like this:

  1. WaPo asshole shoots a quick inquiry into the White House on the earth-shatteringly-important question of whether Obama is lying about his skeet shooting claims – in the face of exactly ZERO evidence to suggest that.
  2. White House aides receive WaPo asshole’s stupid fucking inquiry and then proceed to laugh and pass it around to friends and loved ones to spur similar bouts of hilarity.
  3. While said White House aides are languidly enjoying themselves, WaPo asshole rushes out an OMGZ ALARMS! “Fact Check” article, which makes dark and insidious insinuations about those mean White House aides who are TOTALLY IGNORING MY SERIOUS INQUIRY, GUYS! SERIOUSLY!
  4. WaPo asshole’s fact check article predictably (MOAR DELICIOUS LINKS PLEASE!) stirs up the Right Wing Outrage Machine to Level 10 (,000,000!!), and wingnuts breathlessly bemoan how President O’Stalin McHitler is like totally plotting secret FEMA death camps under the code name “America Skeet Shoot” because Jesus.
  5. White House aides check the intertrons at some point and see WaPo asshole’s stupid fucking fact check. They then send him an email with a photo showing Obama skeet shooting (which, presumably, WaPo asshole could have found himself by searching said intertrons) with a subject line reading “Are you serious? Suck on this.”
  6. WaPo asshole posts the photo as an “update” to an article that remains titled: “The White House’s curious silence about Obama’s claim of skeet shooting”. Thus, the whole stupid fucking exercise will be enshrined in the Articles of Impeachment that Eric Cantor is drawing up as the 438,311th count of High Treason.

No wonder so many people choose to completely ignore politics and the media bullshit surrounding it.


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Oh how we love it when Sully has too much coffee and makes sweeping categorical statements that are wrong:

If there’s one thing we know about the American public right now it is that it is firmly in favor of no cuts on spending, no increases in taxation, and no raising of the debt ceiling limit.

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Anyone think this will generate more than a relatively minor chirp amongst our esteemed pundit class?

A new study [] by the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation confirms [that] the Romney-Ryan Medicare plan would result in six out of ten seniors paying substantially more for the same Medicare benefits they receive today.


You have to love this little bit of “leaked” information about Romney’s “plan” for the upcoming debate:

Mitt Romney plans to turn himself into a one-man truth squad during the first presidential debate next week, casting President Barack Obama as someone who can’t be trusted to stick to the facts or keep his promises.


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Sure, Democratic politicians lie all the time, they just don’t do it as much or as brazenly as modern GOP pols.  For contrast, check out the WaPo’s fact check of Bill Clinton’s speech last night and then check out a fact check of Paul Ryan’s speech last week.


This election cycle yet again reminds me of how useless fact-checking really is.  It’s simple:

  1. GOP pol spreads a lie; and people listen.
  2. Fancy fact-checker fact-checks; and none of the “low information voters” who matter pay attention.
  3. Success.

If a fact-checker fact-checks in the middle of a forest with no one around to see him fact-check, did he really in fact fact-check?

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I was just pondering Blu-Ray to myself this evening and thought I’d open up the topic to comments.  Does anyone find themselves using Blu-Ray discs very much?  I definitely understand the improvement in the context of video games (e.g., Playstation 3) and increased storage available on-disc for backups.  However, when it comes to movies and the presupposed displacement of DVDs, I really wonder if online content distribution is going to outpace Blu-Ray in the home theater space.  Thoughts?

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