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December 4, 2003
We're So Desperate We Make Stuff Up

Mike Allen at the Washington Post wrote an article questioning Bush's integrity, but wound up damaging his own (via Instapundit):

In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey. ... But as a small sign of the many ways the White House maximized the impact of the 21/2-hour stop at the Baghdad airport, administration officials said yesterday that Bush picked up a decoration, not a serving plate.


Some of the reporters left behind at Crawford Middle School, where they work when Bush is staying at his Texas ranch, felt they had been deceived by White House accounts of what Bush would be doing on Thanksgiving. Correspondent Mark Knoller said Sunday on "CBS Evening News" that the misleading information and deception were understandable, but that he had been "filing radio reports that amounted to fiction."

Yes, boo hoo, we've already heard about how reporters are so hurt that they weren't included in a top-secret mission. But what about that turkey (not Mark Knoller, but the actual turkey)? The obvious implication from this story is that Bush didn't serve any food to the troops, and all he did was hold the bird for a few seconds to get the photo op, right?

Uh, yeah, Mike. Thanks for playing, and Vanna has some lovely parting gifts for you as you leave.

UPDATE: Dean Esmay has a similar post up, with lots of funny comments. Read them -- they're pretty entertaining! Also, I'm pinging this back to Electric Venom's LotD for P -- Post Pops Off, Proves Paper's Prejudice!

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 4, 2003 8:11 AM

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