Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Another reason I don't read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jay Bookman takes a rather weak stab at liberal political satire today in the AJC:
From Politico:
President Barack Obama will address House Republicans next week at their annual retreat in Baltimore, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said Tuesday afternoon.

It’s a show of bipartisanship after a year rife with tumult in the relationship between the president and the minority in the House. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) have taken swipes at nearly every one of the White House’s priorities – ranging from sweeping health care overhaul to stimulus legislation.

Boy, I can hear it now. House Minority Leader John Boehner introduces the president, who steps to the microphone, looks into his Teleprompter and begins his remarks:

Obama: I’d like to thank you, Congressman Boehner, for the invitation to speak here today …
Audience in unison: You LIAR!!!!

Obama: …. and for the chance to explore areas of possible cooperation …

Audience in unison: We object! We object! We object!

Obama: … because, as Americans, we all have to work together ….

Audience in unison: No! No! No! No!

Obama: … on behalf of the country that we all love….

Audience in unison: Kenyan! Kenyan! Kenyan!!!

Obama: … and listen to each other’s concerns ….

Audience in unison: Mmmmmmmm. Mmmmmmm. Mmmmmm.
(The last line is a reference to Rush Limbaugh, which I don't have to explain to his listeners.)

This is neither deeply intellectual nor funny.  I'll stipulate that the city of Atlanta is predominantly liberal and Democrat.  However, Georgia has a Republican governor, a Republican Lieutenant Governor, a Republican-controlled legislature, two Republican U.S. Senators, and seven (of thirteen) Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives.  The AJC is a small fraction of the business it was even four years ago, and yet they cannot pass up an opportunity to berate and insult conservatives, however ineptly. The only worthwhile opinion in the AJC these days comes from a few of its syndicated columnists.  But by the time those columns find their way to the print edition, they are two days old and have been on the internet for a least 48 hours.

Doesn't look like a good business plan to me.  More like a journalistic suicide pact.

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