This Preposterous Week in Review

08/31/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Barrett, Justin
• placement of on administrative leave by the Boston Police Department leads to assertion by that "I am not a racist. I did not intend any racial bigotry, harm or prejudice," leaving observers to ponder the actual intention of when mass e-mail was sent by describing Henry Louis Gates Jr. as a "banana-eating jungle monkey" -- a phrase acknowledged by as a "poor choice of words"
• pondering by observers can stop, as attorney for explains that intention of was not "to malign [Gates] racially" but was merely "a characterization of the actions of that man"

Beck, Glenn
• Obama is doltishly called a "racist" with "a deep-seated hatred for white people" by


much ado about

Berens, Ricky


• desperate need of to cast Obama presidency as illegitimate

imbecility of is so blatant that even the far right is denouncing

Borowitz, Andy

• America is deemed "less safe" by now that Palin is "no longer keeping an eye on Russia"

Cohen, Richard

Cunningham, Merce

death of

Daniels, Stormy

• campaign by for adulterer David Vitter's Senate seat suffers setback with arrest of for battering husband after becoming "upset because the way the laundry had been done"


excessively salt-laden meals served by result in lawsuit against

Dobbs, Lou

disingenuous defense of by CNN president Jonathan Klein

Foxx, Rep. Virginia

debunking of claims by that Obama's health care plan will "put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government"

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