11 September 2008

NewsBusters, Iowahawk, &c.

Just posted my latest piece at NewsBusters. In it, I look at a new web-service--SpinSpotter--which claims to be able to detect spin and bias in the media. Hopefully it can live up to its promise.
SpinSpotter: Exposing Media Bias or Reinforcing It?
And in other news, Iowahawk listed his latest bit of satire. This time he extols the many virtues of pigs. Enjoy!
Pigs are intelligent! Say what you what you will about pig noises and eating habits, one thing is certain: pigs are smart. In fact, scientists estimate that on average pigs have three times the intelligence of the pit bull, and this is why the hog shed is often referred to as "Harvard of the barnyard." Despite their undeniably superior mental powers, pigs somehow still trail dogs in popularity, which can only be attributed to America's pernicious anti-intellectualism.
Regarding lipstickgate: Obambi backers, do you think your guy is the smartest candidate for POTUS in the history of candidates for that office, or don't you? If he's so smart, do you really think he's not going to get the verbal association of "bulldog w/ lipstick" and "lipstick on a pig?"

Like I said yesterday, I don't care, really, that he resorts to personal attacks. Why shouldn't he? His followers (correction: supporters) at DU, dKos, & HuffPo all do it when they get beat, it's only fair he get to do so too.

Or, as Jim Treacher puts it:
I'm having second thoughts. I think he meant exactly what the crowd obviously thought he meant, because it fits a clear pattern of behavior.

Putting aside the astonishing smear campaign against Palin, which is definitely not grassroots, just look at some of Obama's past antics. In no particular order:

* What was the Obama camp's initial reaction to Palin's announcement?

"Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency. Governor Palin shares John McCain's commitment to overturning Roe v. Wade, the agenda of Big Oil and continuing George Bush's failed economic policies -- that's not the change we need, it's just more of the same."

Yeowtch! And her palmprints on the podium were still warm. (Quite a contrast to McCain's ad, less than 24 hours earlier, congratulating Obama on his achievement.) But then, later that same day, Obama walked it back:

"I think that... campaigns start getting these hair triggers and the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments," he said, according to the pool report, apparently criticizing his staff for going overboard, as he did occasionally in the primary.

So he's not the hostile, panicky jackass. It was his staff's fault. Yes We Can... Pass the Buck!
And he goes on from there to list numerous other examples.

Obama and his campaign are far too calculated and clever for this to have been unintentional.

Finally, for anyone who cares, or who also happens to be a fan of a sucktastic baseball team: What it's like to be a Mariner's fan.

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