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Is It Impolitic for Political Reporters to Do Their Jobs?


As Andy McCarthy’s essay today illustrates, there are plenty of big examples of the abject failure of the mainstream media to investigate Barack Obama’s background and record with even a fraction of the vigor and skepticism with which they have investigated Sarah Palin’s.  Still, here’s a tiny example that I find telling:

Today’s Washington Post, on page A3, highlights this quote in large font under the heading “Impolitic”:

“During his first few weeks in office, this brilliant young president is going to be tested, tested by an international crisis, the likes of which this nation has never before seen.”

The reader then learns that these “impolitic” words were said not by the real Joe Biden, but by “‘Joe Biden,’ as played by ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member Jason Sudeikis, warning that a crisis will accompany Barack Obama’s election to the White House.”

From my use of the Post’s (not always reliable) search engine, it seems that the Post never actually reported to its readers the striking news that the real Joe Biden had said words very similar to the SNL Joe Biden:  namely, that if Obama is elected, “we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.”  Instead, the Post leaves its readers imagining that SNL was being “impolitic” in daring to suggest such a thing.

Update:  Thanks to a reader, I’ve now found that the Post did report on Biden’s comments (in this Oct. 21 article on A4).  I still don’t get what is supposedly “impolitic” about having the SNL version of Joe Biden repeat the essence of what the real Joe Biden said.


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