As the British expression goes: “This s–t is for the birds.” Via Tim Blair:
Dominic Lawson in the Independent:
Barack Obama’s media advisers were quite distressed when the President travelled down to the Louisiana coastline last week to make his first on-the-spot statement about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Their distress was caused by what they didn’t discover, rather than what they did. Despite their frantic requests, no photogenic dying oil-covered birds could be found to form a backdrop for the Presidential tirade as he weighed into BP.
Read the whole thing. When I read similar descriptions of tear-jerker propaganda and manipulative “journalism” in, say, David Weber novels I used to dismiss them as cartoonish, and wonder why his editor didn’t tell him to delete them or make them more plausible. But clearly, sometimes reality itself is overly cartoonish.