Thursday, October 23, 2008

Time To Make The Donuts!

This takes a steady hand, and an enormous amount of dedicated concentration.

For a professional (we use the term loosely) journalist, to ignore the overwhelming, blaring, blanketing news-of-the-day, that has the television talking heads doing somersaults, and all but taping their mouths shut, to keep from saying that the presidential race is all but over, you have to take off your baker's hat and tip it to the Associated Press's Liz Sidoti.

Yesterday, she see's what virtually no one else sees, a kind of "Sixth Sense" thing ...

"I see-dead-candidates."

AP presidential poll: All even in the homestretch

The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters in the election homestretch.

The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOP-leaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain's "Joe the plumber" analogy struck a chord.

Pretty amazing, no?

To take an obscure, outlying poll, very narrow as to its subject, when most of all the other reputable ones have a span of 8%-14% lead of Obama, and boast that her favorite donut eater is still in the game, that certainly must be earning her a front seat on the Dead Campaign Express.

Just to refresh you, Ms. Sidoti doesn't just deliver stories to the AP, she also delivers donuts to Stumblin' Bumblin' John McKKKain.

AP writer rips Obama, gives McCain doughnuts (true story)

Normally, I wouldn't waste my time or yours with Sidoti's nonsense, but there's an amusing story to tell involving her that's just too good not to share. It goes back to April 14, when both John McCain and Barack Obama appeared at an event for newspaper editors hosted by the AP.

At the event, the head of AP addressed Barack as "Osama" while John McCain was given a box of Dunkin' Donuts -- with sprinkles. And coffee, with a little cream and a little sugar. By none other than Liz Sidoti.
Here's the video, so you can see just how accommodating she was.

Sidoti spent the rest of her article painting as rosy a picture for the debunked Maverick as possible, apparently emulating her hero, like he did in the debate, by shielding her eyes away from Obama, the prevailing - and growing - trends, that has most of the media whispering "landslide".

The only thing missing from the piece was visibly showing the pom-poms.

Way to go Liz!

Maybe, after the campaign, you can get AP to assign you to Arizona, and you can keep delivering the donuts (with sprinkles) to the bitter, angry, defeated Fly Boy.

Bonus Donut Hole Riffs

Attaturk: Hatchet Job…with sprinkles

Jay Rosen: Just How Did John McCain Obtain What He Has in the Bank with the Press?

Nick Juliano: 'Keep up the fight,' Top AP editor once wrote Rove

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