Tuesday, December 30, 2008

As the stomach rumbles

I swear on the graves of my ancestors that my stomach has, on occasion, rumbled some downright Marxist rumbles, to wit: "Werrrrrrrkerrrs ofthe weeeeeerllld unite!" And "Weeeeeeeeeeeee willll berrrrrrrrryuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!" Followed by the usual outgassing...

Media Matters - Media run with unsourced assertion by Sun-Times columnist of "rumbles" that Emanuel "is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations"
Summary: Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed asserted in a column that she "hears rumbles President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds -- dealing with his boss' vacant Senate seat!" Sneed added: "A lot of chit-chat? Hot air? Or trouble? To date, Rahm's been mum. Stay tuned." Despite the complete absence of sourcing, many in the media have run with Sneed's assertion, in some cases simply quoting Sneed, in others, paraphrasing the assertion, and in still others, actually expanding on it.
Can we smack the shit outta these clowns now? Huh? Can we?

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