James Baker’s fruit salad metaphor was weird enough. Then MSNBC’s David Shuster tried to interpret it:
BAKER: I hope we don’t treat [the Baker-Hamilton Commission report] like a fruit salad and say, “I like this, but I don’t like that. I like this, but I don’t like that.” This is a comprehensive strategy designed to deal with this problem we’re facing in Iraq.
SHUSTER: The words “fruit salad” could be construed as a reference to cherry-picking and to questions about the Bush administration’s cherry-picking of pre-war intelligence.
No, I didn’t make that up. My only explanation is that the release of the commission’s report has induced a strange hysteria among the denizens of NBC News, of which Shuster is the latest victim.