The Mad Magaizine School Of Journalism

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Fausta hits the nail on the head when she invokes the old Mad Magazine spoof movie ads that used extremely edited versions of really bad reviews to produce a glowing ad. Hence a something like, "So stunningly bad that you'll want an airsick bag. Setting fire to the director would be entertaining and might be just the thing to make you laugh out loud after watching this stinker," would become: "…stunningly …entertaining …you'll …laugh out loud." What prompted her recall of these classics was the USA Today On Politics blog hatchet job on Fred Thompson.

When I was a kid I loved Mad Magazine. One of my favorite features was how they used to truncate really bad reviews of movies and books to make them sound glorious. Well, Fred's getting the same treatment from the MSM, only in reverse.

CNN and USA Today are taking a few select words from Fred:

"I'm not particularly interested in running for president," the former senator said at a campaign event in Burlington when challenged by a voter over his desire to be commander-in-chief.

"But I think I'd make a good president," Thompson continued. "I have the background, capability, and concern to do this and I'm doing it for the right reasons."

Fausta has the actual transcript – which bears absolutely no resemblance to the blog's interpretation of what was said. The Mad Magazine School of Journalism approach was so bad that even the Gannett News Service reporter being quoted objected – strenuously – to the characterization of his report.

Instant Fact-Check gonna get you, too, MSM. I was thinking of truncating some of what Jill Lawrence of USA Today has written in the past just for the amusement factor, but frankly, it just wasn't worth that much effort. But it would appear that Lawrence graduated summa cum Neuman from that journalism school mentioned in the title of this post.

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