Journalism and the Emperor’s new clothes

The Emperor’s New Clothes = McCain Upset Victory?

 

If, on election night, the exit poles are again inaccurate, and the anchors are presented with numbers (from the electronic voting machines which leave no paper trail) that show Senator McCain has scored an upset victory of astounding proportions, will they show some backbone and challenge the results or will they do a modern version of the people in the fairy tale who admired the Emperor’s new clothes?

 

There have been a great number of stories that raised some questions and doubts before they slipped into obscurity.  Here are some of the ones that sank without a satisfactory explanation.

 

If Bush was an F-102 pilot why has there never been a story about his crew chief?  Aren’t pilots assigned one particular airplane and doesn’t the crew chief know more about the plane and the pilot than anyone else.  Why no interview with the crew chief?

 

Who made money by selling airline stock short at the time of the attack on the World Trade Center ?

 

Have you ever seen a picture of the attack on the Pentagon that showed any trace of qualifying as being part of a wrecked airplane?

 

Building no. 7 just fell down?

 

Who knew that Ali Baba and his band of merry pranksters would take the money and let Osama slip out of the Tora Bora Mountains unscathed? 

 

Tell me again about how Joe the Plumber was related to this Keating guy.

 

Now what’s the legal principle that says a White House employee can just ignore a subpoena?

 

Valorie Who?

 

What has happened to my application submitted to Bill O’Reilly to be anointed as a genuine certified “left wing lunatic”?  He seems to hand out that accolade to every one but this columnist.    Is he discriminating against IrishCatholicDemocrats?  (In certain areas where Joe Biden grew up, that is one word.)

 

Last and certainly not least, did the Queen Mary leave Pearl Harbor very rapidly on the night of December 6, 1941, or not?  All a journalist has to do is get a peek at the logbook to answer that one.

 

Claus von Stauffenberg said:  “If our most highly qualified General Staff officers had been told to work out the most nonsensical high level organization for war which they could think of, they could not have produced anything more stupid that that which we have at present.”

 
Now, in honor of the Emporor’s new clothes, the disk jockey will play Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On.”  We’ll take off.  Have a “nothing to hide” type week.

 

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