Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Right-wing media attacks Obama over … paper-clip

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President Obama holding American Jobs Act bill with large paper-clip
Obama and his incriminating paper-clip

The idea that the right-wing media has any shred of journalistic integrity left is about as credible as slapping the label of “news” onto a compost heap (which, incidentally, would still contain more facts and information than virtually anything they publish). And if you somehow have yet to be disillusioned of the notion that this sorry lot has anything left to say of relevance, here’s a Media Matters report on what has got to be the single most cartoonishly absurd partisan attack yet:

This morning, Fox & Friends joined the New York Post in attacking President Obama for using a paper clip. Read that again: They attacked Obama for using a paper clip.

The Post's story today on Obama's jobs bill is headlined "O gives jobs 'clip' service; $447B 'tax hike' plan bound by chintzy fastener," and its first two paragraphs attack Obama for his choice of document fasteners:

President Obama's plan to reverse the nation's staggering jobless rate is held together with a paper clip!

"Here it is," Obama said, waving a copy of his jobs plan during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden yesterday, an enormous paper clip binding the pages together.

It’s not often that you see a story so astoundingly and mind-numbingly ridiculous that one doubts whether even The Onion would have published it … if not for the fact that this is real.

You know, guys, Canada does have a whole lot of free real estate up here. In case any remaining rational people want to evacuate before the U.S. finally collapses into a black hole of zealotry-fueled stupidity. Consider it a standing invitation.