William M. Briggs

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Reportorial entrails and other auguries

“The VP speculation continues” is the headline of the day.

Some reporters camped out at Senator Joe Biden’s house and discovered he had visited a bank and a clothing store. This caused trembling and angst. What do these signs mean? Could Biden be withdrawing cash just in case he’ll soon be far from home? And maybe he bought a new tie at that clothing store! And where do you wear ties? At press conferences, such as those announcing VP picks.

Meanwhile, other pundits wonder if the Great Leg Tingler hasn’t really chosen his VP after all, and that he only said so to stall for time.

Are reporters as thick headed as they appear?

Not one of these bright journalism-school graduates hit upon the most likely reason for the delayed announcement: The longer the deferral the more free air time the Leg Tingler gets. They are being led by the nose and not one of them has the guts to say so.

Note carefully that I am not faulting the Democrat nominee: he is doing just as he should, and nothing less than his opponent will soon do. I am instead dismayed at the simple mindedness of the media—yes, even despite all evidence that I should have expected no less.

3 Comments

  1. Briggs

    August 23, 2008 at 5:47 am

    If you notice pictures in the news today of Biden, it appears he does have a new tie (though one of his hair plugs looks to have popped out).

  2. Not an Elephant

    August 24, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Oh wow, Briggs, you sure are insightful.

  3. Briggs

    August 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Not I, Perhaps A Giraffe? I just report on the wonder and astonishment of the media towards their chosen one.

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