Thursday, December 07, 2006

NY Post Becomes the Weekly World News

Here's a quiz. Which is the Weekly World News and which is the New York Post? You can only tell them apart by their masthead! When I go on vacation, I sometimes read the Weekly World News for the sheer mindless fun of it. To me, it's like a comic book. Sometimes I cut out the heads in photographs of my friends and paste them onto the bodies on Weekly World News covers and give them as silly birthday cards. Maybe I'll start using the Post. It's gotten to be goofy enough to qualify it as a comic book rather than a newspaper.


*inspired by Ron's post today at Raw Story

Remember this beauty?


Kevin Hayden said...

"Surrender monkeys"... how original. Tabloid journalism is dead if it has to mimic Freepers.

Next week: Elvis and Batboy will be seen in Baghdad, consorting with Commies.

The NY Postholes are nothing less than underbed jackals eager to throw more military bodies into a meatgrinder.

Barbara said...

So much for the integrity of Rupert Murdoch...

wait!! Did I say Murdoch & integrity in the same sentence??

Iddybud said...

From the New Yorker - (the whole press room at the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in which I was sitting burst out in applause and laughter when Tom Brokaw made this joke, btw):

"On September 22nd, Murdoch appeared on a panel at the Clinton Global Initiative conference, which was held the same week as the United Nations General Assembly. “Gary”—Ginsberg—“roped me into it,” Murdoch said before the session, which took place over breakfast in a ballroom at the Sheraton New York, in midtown. It was the sort of do-gooders’ event that Murdoch used to avoid. For years, he made few donations to charity, arguing that such money was often wasted.

Clinton began by presiding over a ceremony in which executives from big companies joined him onstage to pledge money to worthy causes and receive applause from the large crowd. The drug company Merck agreed to finance the vaccination of thousands of children in Nicaragua. The insurance giant A.I.G. agreed to finance a scheme to provide loans for poor people in a number of countries. One of the businessmen who walked up to the dais was Ron Burkle, the supermarket magnate who had accused a Page Six reporter of trying to extort him. Murdoch, who was sitting a few feet away, looked down and examined his hands. Clinton then introduced the panel, whose members, in addition to Murdoch, included Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State, and H. Lee Scott, Jr., the chief executive of Wal-Mart. Turning to Murdoch, Clinton said, “It would be remiss of me if I didn’t thank Rupert Murdoch and his unusual partner, Barbra Streisand, for funding our effort to control greenhouse gases.” Murdoch smiled wanly.

When the session began, Murdoch talked about News Corp.’s efforts to promote social responsibility, such as encouraging its British journalists to teach English to Bangladeshi immigrants, and giving two-thousand-dollar subsidies to employees who buy hybrids. (In fact, the subsidies have been offered only to employees of Sky.) “People want to feel proud of who they are working for,” Murdoch said. “They want to feel like good citizens.” He couldn’t resist poking fun at the self-congratulatory aura of the event, though. Noting that most corporate donations were tax deductible, he said, “We hear a lot about these great gifts, but in most cases the government pays for half of it.”

Toward the end of the session, the moderator, Tom Brokaw, asked the panelists if they would encourage their employees to go into public service. Murdoch said that he would, and Brokaw quipped, “I think there are people in this room who would say there are people who work for you who are already working for the Administration.” Amid the laughter, Murdoch didn’t get a chance to answer. As the crowd filed out, he cornered Brokaw and complained about being denied a riposte. Then he walked behind the stage and slipped out a back way, avoiding a gaggle of journalists.."