Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Spaghetti Politics

Following the Shirley Sherrod story, I have to wonder how far some people will go to plant ideas in our heads.

Which brings me to Spaghetti Politics:

Spaghetti politics is the old idea of throwing the plate of spaghetti against a wall just to see what will stick.

Andrew Breitbart created the edited, out of context, video showing Sherrod to be a bigot. Then he threw it against the wall to see if it would stick. It did.

Today’s spaghetti politics involves an accusation that the White House supported the release of the Lockerbie Bomber. In fact, the White House opposed the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only conspirator convicted of a crime in the bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. So far, it doesn’t look like this pasta has stuck.

One of today’s other spaghetti politics is the false outrage over Barack Obama not attending the National Boy Scout Jamboree. Let’s see how far this one goes.

The constant beat of pasta flung against walls is, of course, that Obama is a racist or a socialist or born in Kenya.

Whenever you see a report that sounds a little off, check to see if it has sauce dripping from it.

1 comment:

RockStories said...

I'm going to need some more guidance on this sauce thing. Is this strictly a marinara-and-meatballs kind of thing, or might alfredo sauce also be a clue? Could it be a pasta salad with just a bit of oil? (And if so, wouldn't that make it slide off the wall? Maybe that's what happened with the Boy Scout thing.)