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PLASTIC TURKEY: THE NEXT GENERATION. NYT, NBC Reporters Parrot Jimmy Kimmel’s False Accusation that Pence Delivered Empty Boxes of PPE.

(Classical reference in headline.)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Trump makes surprise Thanksgiving visit to US troops in Afghanistan. I’m surprised he didn’t re-enact the famous Bush “plastic turkey” pic just to troll the press.

THE PLASTIC TURKEY BAND ARE OFF ON ANOTHER WORLD TOUR: April Ryan, Leftists Beclown Themselves Over Sarah Sanders’ Thanksgiving Pecan Pie.

April Ryan, an inexplicably esteemed member of the White House press corps, having tried and failed to promote a “fake news” controversy over White House’s Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ Thanksgiving pecan pie, has not apologized or acknowledged her error, has rejected Sanders’ face-saving attempt to smooth things over, and is apparently worried that Sanders will publicly poison her and her fellow journalists. You can’t make this stuff up.

Ryan’s history, as documented at NewsBusters, is full of embarrassing statements, unhinged rants, and stunning ignorance of very basic facts.

Not least of which, the CNN “political analyst” tweeting in July that a Trump official first coined the word “stagflation.”

Credentialed-but-not-educated – and the worst political class in American history, as Glenn likes to say, who have no idea how easily they’re being trolled by the administration over their past fake news and anti-GOP hyperbole.

(Classical reference in headline.)

CNN SCRUBS TRUMP STORY: On Thursday, CNN published a damning report alleging ties between the President’s associates and a Russian investment fund. Last night, CNN pulled the story altogether with a complete retraction, not a correction. The original story said the Senate Intelligence Committee was investigating a “$10-billion Russian investment fund whose chief executive met with a member of President Donald Trump’s transition team four days before Trump’s inauguration.”

“That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted,” CNN said in an editors note posted in place of the story. “Links to the story have been disabled.”

I’ve given many lectures about the difference between “fake news” and “wrong news.” Not everyone agrees with me, but I insist that one of the distinctions is accountability. Fake news sites never correct a falsehood, while news sites that get it wrong (as CNN did here) will correct or retract.

That’s not to downplay “wrong” news. A lie travels around the world before the truth is even out of bed, and often businesses and reputations are at stake, not to mention the notion of an informed electorate. People still think President Bush served a plastic turkey as a photo-op to troops in Baghdad, despite the New York Times correcting that canard albeit a week later.



Is the unporked pig perfidious Albion’s journalistic equivalent to Bush’s non-plastic turkey?

THEY TOLD ME IF I VOTED FOR JOHN MCCAIN . . . OH, HELL, YOU KNOW THE REST: Joe Scarborough on Obama Afghanistan visit: ‘The neocons have won tonight.’ My favorite part was when he posed with a plastic turkey.

The Hill: Obama risks his own ‘mission accomplished’ moment in Afghan war.

Oh, well, at least he closed Guantanamo — hey, wait . . . .

THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: Cornell Professor Falls For Plastic-Turkey Hoax.

SCOTT JOHNSON: Matt Bai Repeats The Big Lie. Well, that’s his job, it seems.

UPDATE: Reader Ernest Gudath writes: “I’m afraid that the ‘Hateful Epithets’ lie, like the Plastic Turkey, will live forever. Both have been refuted many times, but, no matter, they fit the Narrative.” Both are useful markers, however, as they mark those who repeat them as idiots, or tools.


AN IMPORTANT CORRECTION: “Kiki Dee is not Australian; nor is she blonde.” Plus, more fun with “plastic” turkeys!

MORE ON Kerry’s fake quote problem. Good advice: “someone in the Kerry campaign should monitor the blogs more to prevent his recycling already debunked urban myths, such as the plastic turkey story and the Jefferson quote.”

UPDATE: “Ridiculing Kerry is the highest form of patriotism.”

Jefferson didn’t say that either. But I think that’s only because he never heard Kerry speak.

At least Michael Dukakis just went away.

THE L.A. TIMES IS BUSTED AGAIN for repeating an already-exploded canard. What’s next, the return of the plastic turkey?


The director of a Detroit food bank wants to know what happened to 60 turkeys — 720 pounds of frozen birds — that his charity gave to members of U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ local staff two days before Thanksgiving to give to needy people.

Conyers’ Detroit office promised an accounting of any turkey distribution by Dec. 27, but the Gleaners Community Food Bank had received no paperwork as of Tuesday, said the charity’s director, Agostinho Fernandes.

Fernandes said he became suspicious that the turkeys didn’t get to poor people after hearing from a friend that a federal court worker had said he was offered free turkeys from a member of Conyers’ staff.

Sounds embarrassingly scrooge-like.

Browning nicely, thanks to rosemary, paprika, and my secret browning sauce made of merlot and brown sugar.  Okay, it *was* secret, until Sandy Berger left the recipe room with a bulge in his pants.

IT’S NOT A TOFU TURKEY, or a plastic turkey. It’s 21 pounds and I’m cooking it on the grill, with a rosemary herb crust, to make room in the oven for other things.

It’ll soon be joined by the leg of lamb that’s marinating in red wine, olive oil, and garlic right now.

UPDATE: But this turkey is much bigger.


Over the past five years, by turning over two suspects for trial, acknowledging its complicity in the Lockerbie bombing and paying compensation to victims’ families, Libya finally managed to persuade the United Nations Security Council to lift the international sanctions that had shadowed its economy and its international reputation for more than a decade. Those sanctions were lifted in September. This page recommended lifting American sanctions as well, but President Bush left them in place pending further steps, most notably Libya’s decision to end its unconventional weapons programs. It is now clear that he was right to do so. The added American pressure worked just as intended.

It’s another Festivus miracle!

Meanwhile Winds of Change looks at the contrasts between Bush and Dean on foreign policy.

And, though not really related, don’t miss their roundup of China news, either. And don’t miss Tim Blair’s roundup of gullible, plastic-turkey-swallowing journalists. Gobble, gobble.

UPDATE: Wow, here’s an Iranian connection to the Libyan WMD program — did I hear someone say “axis of evil?”

The team was made up of North Korean scientists, engineers and technicians, as well as some Iranian and Libyan nuclear scientists.

North Korea and Iran, originally dubbed by Bush as the axis of evil along with Iraq, avoided detection by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) inspectors by each member farming out vital sections of its projects to its fellow members.

Iran, which is now in the final stages of uranium enrichment for its program, is badly hit, having counted on fitting into place key parts of its WMD project made in Libya. North Korea may also be forced to scale back the production of nuclear devices as well as counting the loss of a lucrative source of income for its Scuds and nuclear technology.

Yeah, I thought so. And this seems to be quite the military/diplomatic success for the Administration, proving once again that you get more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone.

More on Libya here and here: “I guess a ‘spider hole’ didn’t sound all that good to Mr. Gadhafi.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: And here’s more:

Libya’s promise to surrender its weapons of mass destruction was forced by Britain and America’s seizure of physical evidence of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s illegal weapons programme, the Telegraph can reveal.

United States officials say that America’s hand was strengthened in negotiations with Col Gaddafi after a successful operation, previously undisclosed, to intercept transport suspected of carrying banned weapons. . . .

One Cabinet minister said: “It demonstrates that change can be brought about by standing tough. There is no question that this change of heart by Gaddafi was brought about by the fact that the US and Britain were seen to be standing up to and called Saddam Hussein’s bluff.”


UPDATE: Charles Paul Freund observes:

In that context, it may be worth recalling this story from earlier this year. It appeared in Britain’s Telegraph on April 9 (which, according to the reported timeline, is shortly after Gaddafi approached Britain) and quotes an Italian official on the Libyan leader’s response to the Iraq war.

“A spokesman for Mr Berlusconi said the prime minister had been telephoned recently by Col Gaddafi of Libya, who said: ‘I will do whatever the Americans want, because I saw what happened in Iraq, and I was afraid.'”

Indeed, again. Meanwhile this is interesting:

Saddam Hussein was personally directing the post-war insurgency inside Iraq, playing a far more active role than previously thought, American intelligence officers have concluded since his capture.

Despite the bewildered appearance of the deposed dictator when he was hauled from his hiding-hole last weekend, he is believed to have been issuing regular instructions on targets and tactics through five trusted lieutenants.

This conclusion could have serious implications for his status in United States custody. American officials have made clear that he will lose his rights as a prisoner of war if he was involved in the post-war violence.

Hmm. Stay tuned.

MORE: Colby Cosh has some observations, including this one: “Saddam is dragged out of a living grave and told that the president sends his regards, and within a week, Gadhafi, one of the most comparable figures in the World Atlas of Thuggery, is voluntarily installing red carpet for a weapons inspectorate. Talk about a wacky coincidence, eh?”

THE WAR IS THE FAULT OF COLIN POWELL’S PROSTATE? “I wonder if we went to war in part the way we did because Powell was too sick to mount a fight and did not have the courage to resign.”

I don’t think so. On the other hand, unlike the fictional plastic turkey invoked by Bush’s critics, Colin Powell’s prostate at least actually exists.

REACTION FROM THE LEFT: “Just another plastic turkey moment.”

Of course, the turkey wasn’t ever plastic. Reports that it was genetically modified are unconfirmed.