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skippy the bush kangaroo

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

even spin can't save the day

the staff at skippy saw the news this morning about us forces killing saddam's two sons, and it was pretty well decided amongst us that this would be a pr coup for awol. in fact, wolf "how's my beard" blitzer said on cnn, some remark about how this would dominate the news for a while and shove off every other story, including, and we are quoting a journalist here, "even kobe bryant." [ed. note: (vomiting noises)].

the staff agreed, disheartedly. we thought the niger-uranium shaggy dog story was getting some traction, and the polls were dropping faster than awol's original drivers license from the texas department of motor vehicles records.

we were therefor sorry to see a story that had the potential to put awol back on top in the polls, or at least make the talking heads forget about things like personal responsibility and telling the country the truth before sending their sons and daughters off to get killed.

imagine our delight when, at 7 pm eastern, 4 pm real time, as faux news and cnn were hawking the killing of a 14 year old in mosul as the greatest thing since blue dress stains, we tuned to tweety bird on msnbc, and found, lo and behold, discussions about the niger lie, awol's dropping numbers, ducking responsibility and, in general, a continuation of last week's negative news.

say what you will about chris matthews. go ahead, we'll wait. uh huh...yeh...you're right...yup....'insufferable' is a word we'd use, yes...uh huh...probably fleet's, but we don't know his pharmacist personally...yes...he is a jerk, ok...when you're right, you're right.

done? all right, we continue: say what you will about chris matthews, he has been steadily on this story and not backing down, and surprise, surprise, he doesn't take the repubbblican line. he, along with 52% of america, is starting to see that awol is a pompous jerk who refuses to believe that he could be wrong.

and, wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles, over on cnbc, brian williams was opening his newscast with more on the shaggy dog story. the saddam's sons sinking into the sunset piece was later on in the newscast. amazing!

could nbc be just a little miffed that richard armitage snubbed andrea mitchell in favor of faux news? we doubt that could be the reason, but we are very happy to see a major network not back off from the story.

let's stay tuned folks...
posted by skippy at 9:18 PM |


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