Satirical Overkill?JULY 19, 2008
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1. The latest New Yorker portrayed Barack Obama as a Muslim, his wife as a militant. They're in the Oval Office. A painting of Osama bin Laden hangs over the fireplace where the American flag is burning. Both the Obama and John McCain campaigns have denounced this attempt at satire. In the big picture, is this Good News, Bad News or No News?
2. John McCain is also suffering from a joke, but it's his own. This week, a blogger repeated a 1986 story from a Tucson newspaper. McCain was speaking at a conference, and allegedly he asked the crowd if they'd heard the one about the woman who's been raped and beaten by a gorilla. She comes to in the hospital and asks her doctor, "Where is that marvelous ape?" Even McCain's allies are admitting he has a politically incorrect sense of humor. But is it Good News, Bad News or No News?
3. The city of Seattle spent $5 million on five public toilets. They were shiny, high tech, hands-free, self-washing, self-disinfecting. This week, the city put them all up for sale on eBay. They got so filthy and dominated by drug abusers and prostitutes that even people with nowhere else to go wouldn't step into them. Is this clearly Bad News, or could it be Good News, or even No News?
4. In Pennsylvania this week, a woman sued her orthopedic surgeon because after he fixed her herniated disc, while she was still unconscious, he rubbed a temporary rose tattoo onto her lower belly. The surgeon says he's done this for many patients, to cheer them up, and no one else has complained. Is her lawsuit Good News, Bad News or No News?
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