Running down the press:
As expected, Bristol mire was highly profitable this morning:
Good adjectival application, except for the usual fuckin’ bowdlerizing:
Der Spiegel: ‘McCain’s Bush-Style Campaign Worries the Center’
Before you settle in for yet another day of Jerry Springer-style Palin family drama, go to Germany for some other news about the Republicans:
On Tuesday evening in St. Paul, it almost seemed as though the Republicans didn’t want to see the end of the Bush era. Just before 7:30 p.m., applause began rippling through the XCel Center. In the Fox News studio, just under the arena’s rafters, President George W. Bush‘s former chief strategist Karl Rove had sat down for an interview. One row of delegates after another stood up, turned toward Rove and waved excitedly. Rove waved graciously back.
And the German site doesn’t neglect der kinder mutter; it simply treats it as political news:
Indeed, the choice of the ultra-conservative governor of Alaska seems little more than a poorly disguised gambit to get the religious right behind McCain. It is a clear signal that two other possibilities that had been considered by McCain — the former Democrat Joe Lieberman and the ex-head of Homeland Security Tom Ridge — were unacceptable due to their pro-choice positions.
Straight shooting from the Germans that cuts through the bullshit over here: “poorly disguised gambit to get the religious right behind McCain.”
Yes, the Palin choice smells like a Rovian maneuver. Wonder if we’ll ever find out whether he was the one behind it.
The morning’s best creepshow stuff:
Jeromie Cancel, 22, brutalized 19-year-old Kevin Pravia, sat near the honor student’s corpse to watch the horror movie Saw and then bragged about the murder to his father, the sources said. Asked why he did it as he was marched out of the 10th Precinct stationhouse Tuesday night, Cancel shouted, “Because I wanted to. You got a problem with that?”
Nope, no problem, Jeromie. Listen, have a good day. Gotta run now.
Doing its best to attach a smiley face to the situation, the paper dispatched Patrick McGeehan to find people who don’t think the economy is rapidly sinking. In a city this big, you’re bound to find some, and in a story that smacks of small-town reporting, he did:
To a surprising degree, though, many say they are not feeling deep pain from the slowdown — at least not yet. Many say they have had to reduce prices, but their sales are holding steady or are down only slightly. Others say they are moving ahead with plans to expand or open new branches, stormy economic forecasts notwithstanding.
Vague bullshit that’s mostly stiff-upper-lip quotes from merchants and which includes zero from, say, the tens of thousands of people who have been laid off or fired. “To a surprising degree”? Not backed up.
The problem for readers: If you just read the headline, you’re being misled. But then if you go on and read the story, you’re wasting your time with boring misinformation. Misled or bored — you decide.
For a more realistic look at the economy — even for those of us who don’t dine at hoity-toity restaurants — turn to the food section for Frank Bruni‘s ‘As Belts Tighten, Lobsters Shrink and Bar Menus Grow.’ That’s a real story with real information about how we’re being fricasseed.
Already tired of the Republicans and their catering to the Good Book evangelicals? Go to Ireland:
The market opened at 3% that Palin would be cut and then climbed as high as 18% before settling down to 11.6% at the end of the day.
Intrade chief executive John Delaney, based in Ireland, said he had no reservations about starting the Palin market.
“[Was it] a political decision for us? No. We list markets that are relevant to people, that people have a passionate interest in,” he told Reuters.
By the way, as the story doesn’t note, Obama appears to be the favorite over McCain, according to the Irish site’s punters.
Tired old headline style, not to mention the mixed-metaphoric lede:
Fred Thompson’s name makes the first paragraph of your Palin story, you gotta problem.
Great head, supported by a cute lede:
A Queens man was arrested yesterday on charges of selling $80,000 worth of hot Victoria’s Secret brassieres on eBay.
James Rainey, the paper’s “On the Media” reporter, paints a dramatic picture:
The chants and finger-wagging were directed toward the sky boxes. Their target: the television networks and the rest of the “liberal mainstream media.”
Then he continues with what has to be the worst idea for a lede in the history of political-convention coverage:
Huh? He’s interviewing one of his colleagues? About something that happened 20 years ago? Rainey continues:
Yes, it could have, but it didn’t.
In fact, another mediocre West Coast paper snared an anecdote that really did happen in St. Paul. Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times trolled the convention floor asking about George W. Bush and came up with this:
He started to say something, then stopped. He insisted he couldn’t be quoted by name.
Then he took my reporter’s notebook and wrote across it: “Worst president ever.”
Rupert Murdoch‘s London paper is your better choice than Murdoch’s New York City paper — or any other NYC paper — if you want political news. If you want to put the Palin news in perspective, here’s part of how the Brit paper’s Hannah Strange portrays it:
The Alaska governor is sure of a rapturous welcome from the Republican convention, where delegates have rallied to her defence following the news that her daughter Bristol is having a baby with her boyfriend-turned-fiance.
As a staunch social conservative and lifetime member of the NRA, her selection sent the party’s powerful social and evangelical conservative base into peals of delight.
But her speech must win over a far tougher crowd – an America that hardly knows her and has been bewildered by a series of dubious revelations – from her past membership of the fringe Alaska Independence Party to an audio recording of her laughing while a campaign opponent was called a “bitch”, “cancer”, and mocked for her weight.
Yo, bitch, you ain’t all that. “Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!”