Sunday, August 10, 2008

Meme, Meme, Meme...

First, this classic bit from Red Dwarf:

: Howdy doodly do. How's it going? I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?
Lister: Look, I don't want any toast, and he doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast.
Toaster: How 'bout a muffin?
Lister: Or muffins. Or muffins. We don't like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.
Toaster: Aah, so you're a waffle man.

Compare & contrast with this all-too-classic journalism from Fox News:

"We have these huge stories going on like the one you're reporting in Georgia where you have both candidates, McCain and Obama, taking positions that the American public wants to know more about," Erbe said.

"You know," Jarrett responded, "his excuse for lying is absolutely stunning. He claims he denied the affair because the reporting by the National Enquirer was '99% wrong.' Well, so far, they've been about 100% right.

They were right about the affair, the pregnancy, the recent Beverly Hills late-at-night liaison, and what appears to be hush money that was paid to her. And until he takes a paternity test, he might still be lying, right?"

"He might be," Erbe responded, "and, Greg, let him go on Maury Povich and talk about it. They'll get great ratings. But the American public have told pollsters [that] this political season, they want substance. Both these candidates have expressed support for allowing Georgia into NATO, for example. We are bound by treaty to attack anybody who attacks a NATO member. We could have been on the verge of nuclear war. Those are the kinds of things that the American public want to see discussed."

"Right," Jarrett said. "You know, but getting back to Edwards..."


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