Thursday, July 24, 2014

Someone vandalized the navel of the world!

From the urgency of the lengthy report on the Today show this morning, you'd have thought someone had infiltrated the Smithsonian, stolen the Wright Flyer and crashed it into the White House while yelling "Allahu Akhbar!" Instead, somebody had swapped some flags.

NYPD cops were swarming over the Brooklyn Bridge, even (or so the on-the-scene reporter breathlessly intoned) "counter-terrorism officers", all to investigate someone changing the flags atop the bridge towers. I realize this is kinda close to NBC's flagpole at 30 Rock, but you don't see CNN losing their collective fecal matter every time the "T" goes missing off the tower at Georgia Tech, now, do you, Matt Lauer?

And why the freakout this time? The rest of the nation scratches its head.

Man, there's no omphaloskepsis like Manhattan omphaloskepsis.
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16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope George Bush has a very strong alibi for his whereabouts.

Gerry

Firehand said...

"Dammit, I don't care if you can do anything go LOOK LIKE YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING!"

staghounds said...

I didn't do it this time!

http://staghounds.blogspot.com/2006/04/my-felony-crime.html

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

You say navel, I say arsehole.

Anonymous said...

Man, there's no omphaloskepsis like Manhattan omphaloskepsis.

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Joel said...

Man, there's no omphaloskepsis like Manhattan omphaloskepsis.

If it didn't happen in NYC, it can't really be very important. If it DID happen in NYC, its importance is transcendent no matter how trivial the actual incident. It's not navel gazing, it's just keeping your priorities straight.

Anonymous said...

Wait; there's still a Today Show? -- Lyle

staghounds said...

And the freakout this time is because they were replaced by white flags, thus an evil racist immigrant child hating racist political statement was made. That gives a golden opportunity for indoctrination.

Reporting ordinary thefts, like ordinary rapes and murders, carries no propaganda value.

I know it's obvious, but you asked.

bluesun said...

Once again I'm reminded of the time I spent in Belize, where the only news on available was NYC local. Though sitting on the beach in February and hearing all those talking heads whine about how cold they were wasn't all bad.

JimB said...

If you look at the footage it look more like they white-washed the flag instead of replacing it. Either way it was a hell of a stunt.

dave said...

White flags...so it was the French!

mikee said...

Based solely upon the phrase, navel of the world" I expected a blog post on the mysterious hole in Siberia.

Noakes said...

Time for them to ask for more money, I suppose.

Kristophr said...

The sheep are easily spooked.

Sheep stampede!

global village idiot said...

I just lurked over at Democratic Underground to see what they had to say on the matter.

Their response would have been appropriate to, say, mining the Hudson River or sinking a barge.

It would have been entertaining if it weren't so pathetic. As it was, it was kind of sad and pathetic, like how you feel when you spend too much time at a strip club or the zoo.

gvi

Windy Wilson said...

Staghounds, actually reporting anything that involves yelling "Allahu Akhbar!" doesn't carry the same opportunity benefit of reporting something that involves demonizing the people in their little playground who belong to the other political party whom they can call teabaggers.
I swear, if this deer-in-the-headlights attitude of this administration and their lickspittle lackeys in the media continues unabated, in 15 years when we have a caliphate here, the news presenters will be welcoming them like the people on the roof of that building in Los Angeles welcoming the "friendly aliens" in "Independence Day."
With the same result