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Stranger Than Fiction?



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When I wrote my weekly column a few days ago, I wanted to write a series of parody spots by the various groups “endorsing” the candidacy of John Kerry and the defeat of President Bush. I thought of having Osama make a statement endorsing Kerry but rejected the idea as too unbelievable.

Instead I had Arafat make the case that the only vote you could cast that would send terrorists celebrating in the streets Nov. 3rd is a vote for Kerry. For Osama to make that point would have been, I thought, over the top. It would have been both unfair to the Democrats and so outrageous it would have hurt the joke.

Then came the actual Osama videotape and…

Well, I’m not the first writer to note that the problem with parody is that it is frequently overtaken by reality.



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