Thursday, May 15, 2008

691 Words

Oh for crying out loud.

With all the ridicule thrown at the MSM for its infatuation with stupid stories like this one, and they still don’t get it. Yes, Time’s online edition actually has a 691-word story on--wait for it--Barack Obama’s flag pin.

That’s 691 words that could have been devoted to something of substance, like what differentiates Obama from John McCain. That’s 691 words that could have looked at the issues Americans care about, and how that will affect the election. Forget Obama--what about devoting 691 words to John McCain’s lobbyist connections to the dictators of Myanmar and Zaire?

It was a lame story, made all the lamer by writer Jay Newton-Small’s closing paragraph:
Obama is not the only candidate to wear the pin intermittently. Rival Hillary Clinton is often without it. When asked she simply says, "There are many ways to show your patriotism." The only GOP candidate to wear the pin faithfully was Rudy Giuliani. Is it fair that Obama is singled out for pin scrutiny? Probably not. But it's likely that Obama's pin will keep sticking him until he brings some consistency to his lapels.

No, Jay, this empty non-story will go away when reporters such as yourself get off your lazy asses and decide to do some real work for a change, instead of recycling Republican talking points.

Here’s a news flash for you incurious jackasses: John McCain doesn’t wear a flag pin, either. And you know what? I don’t give a shit. It’s so far removed from anything that remotely affects my life. I don’t know why McCain get a pass on this, but I certainly am not calling for John McCain flag pin stories. I am saying that the fact that he doesn’t wear one should put this stupidity to rest.

This was 385 words telling you people to cut the crap and get serious. We’re electing a president, not accessories editor at Vogue.