Eat The Press



You know, when the Reverend Al Sharpton disparaged the Mormon religion by saying of Mitt Romney's electoral chances: "As for the one Mormon running for office, those that really believe in God will defeat him anyway, so don't worry about that," the conventional wisdom was that Sharpton revealed a nasty streak of bigotry. Certainly, the backlash was what led to Sharpton's "apology", which we loosely translate as:

"I'm sorry that none of you understood that the words that came out of my mouth were not intended to convey the literal meaning of those words, but rather, were intended to convey an entirely different meaning, one that would normally be formed by the use of entirely different words. See, I'm like the instructions you get from Ikea--if you actually try to follow them, you'll never get your curio cabinet built. You have to allow for some discrepancy in translation. You all have assembled something from Ikea, right? You know what I'm talking about! Were any of you using Allen wrenches to listen to me the other day? No? Well, there you go."

Interestingly, none of this has seemed to adversely affect Romney. In fact, his campaign seems to have picked up a little steam. Today in the New York Times, Romney made specific mention of this, saying, "There are times when you have updrafts, and there are times when there are downdrafts. This is an updraft for me."

That's when it hit us: Hey, maybe, Sharpton's remarks, which he readily admits were meant to convey something antithetical to their seeming intent, were actually meant to signal an endorsement for the Mormon candidate! Surely Sharpton knows that once he's voiced his displeasure for Romney, Republican voters are likely to flock to him in droves. The Times bore witness to one such devoted Romneyite:

"If nobody better comes along, I'm going to vote for him. But I'm hoping somebody better comes along."

That sounds like a horse that's been led to water by Al Sharpton to us! Also: remember that time when Sharpton said he thought some lacrosse players were guilty because he knew "this DA is probably not one that is crazy. He would not have proceeded if he did not feel that he could convict," and then it turned out that the DA was, like, TOTALLY BONKERS and the lax players were ALL THE WAY innocent and NONE OF THEM got convicted of anything? This totally reminds us of that!

Media Blogroll


Romenesko Gawker TVNewser Wonkette Crooks & Liars CJR Daily Drudge Dealbreaker Dealbook Defamer Deadline Hollywood Daily Mickey Kaus Jeff Jarvis Radosh James Wolcott IWantMedia The Slot Bloggermann Jake Tapper Blogging Baghdad Russert Watch Jossip Mediabistro The Media Mob at the NY Observer The Transom FishbowlNY FishbowlDC FishbowlLA GalleyCat Reference Tone Panopticist The Minor Fall, The Major Lift Penguins On the Equator Gelf Magazine- Gelflog Animal (New York) White House Press Briefings Altercation
Page Six Liz & Cindy NYDN Gossip Intelligencer Reliable Source Patrick McMullan


Jack Shafer Howard Kurtz WWD Memo Pad NYO Off The Record Broadsheet Gail Shister Keith Kelly NYT Business/Media Jay Rosen’s PressThink Fine on Media Simon Dumenco’s Media Guy Jon Friedman Media Matters The Guardian (Media) NRO Media Blog Columbia Journalism Review On The Media The Public Eye The Daily Nightly Today’s Papers Regret the Error Dan Froomkin David Folkenflik


Slate Salon New York Magazine The New Yorker The New York Review of Books The New Republic The Nation Harper’s The Atlantic Monthly The Virginia Quarterly Review Vanity Fair Esquire n+1 The Believer


The New York Times The Washington Post The New York Observer The LA Times Time Newsweek US News & World Report Wall Street Journal Editor & Publisher NY Daily News NY Post USA Today NY Sun Times of London Financial Times The Smoking Gun McClatchy
NBC ABC CBS CNN Fox News MSNBC NPR Air America BBC C-SPAN Al Jazeera
AdAge Broadcasting & Cable MediaPost MediaWeek Variety Entertainment Weekly Folio:
HuffPo Home