December 05, 2003

GOBBLE GOBBLE

You know about The Washington Postís turkey scandal story, right? Here's an extract:

President Bush's Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating.

In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey.

The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world.

Instapundit and several others have already pulled this to pieces. But the really cool thing is that when you click on the WaPo story (or when I did, a few hours ago), this pop-under advertisement appears.

Itís an outrageous fake turkey! The Washington Post bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most idiotic non-scandals ever to make the press in any country on earth.

(Permanent ad image courtesy of Mr Bingley. Link to WaPo ad site here.)

Posted by Tim Blair at December 5, 2003 05:28 AM
Comments

For your viewing pleasure!

http://www.hpphoto.com/sessions/910561549953/30049289lg.jpg

Posted by: swassociates at December 5, 2003 at 06:16 AM

me too!

http://homepage.mac.com/mr_bingley/.Pictures/t12.jpg

doesn't look like barbara...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 5, 2003 at 06:27 AM

Hey, what do you know...George got to Nana's for less!

Posted by: Wallace at December 5, 2003 at 06:40 AM

The horror. The WaPo exists because of its willingness to print ads with staged and retouched photos of vacation spots, bras, cars, appliances and homes.

Posted by: perfectsense at December 5, 2003 at 06:44 AM

Who the hell cares?? Only the loony toony left apparently.

Posted by: Kate at December 5, 2003 at 07:09 AM

"Yay! Grandma made us her famous Roasted Boxing Glove!"

Posted by: Combustible Boy at December 5, 2003 at 07:16 AM

Obviously, another insidious plot of the Jooooooos....

Posted by: Earl Camembert at December 5, 2003 at 07:17 AM

what i would do if i were W...at his next WH press conference..or even a simple avail., he should trot out the bird on its tray with all the trimmings and just hold it out there.

Posted by: cali white bear at December 5, 2003 at 07:28 AM

"The turkey was a fake!!"

Is that the best they can do? Why cant they just admit he beat them again and move on - jeez!

Posted by: Rob at December 5, 2003 at 09:06 AM

I wasn't there, but the photo looked to me like Bush-in-an-impish-moment, probably to laughter. There's the troops, and there's Bush, and there's the pool photographers, and he makes, is willing to make, the obvious joke for the troops, and picks up the centerpiece.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at December 5, 2003 at 09:12 AM

"The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security..." FOR LUNCH!

Posted by: JDB at December 5, 2003 at 09:34 AM

Oh how typical of all of you right wingers! Avoid the real scandal. Yeah, that's right. Take another look at those pictures. Notice that Bush is serving plates where the food is actually touching other food! That's so GROSS! The potatos are touching the meat. And a vegetable is touching the potato. I hate when people do that. Bush lost the obsessive/compulsive disorder vote right there. It's over for him. He's toast! Errr... as long as the toast isn't touching anything else I mean.

Posted by: Charles at December 5, 2003 at 10:27 AM

Sure it wasn't a turkey of mass destruction?

Posted by: Habib at December 5, 2003 at 10:46 AM

Want to see what a real turkey is capable of?

Posted by: Habib at December 5, 2003 at 10:48 AM

The turkey was fake. Ha ha Middle America, the sinister Bushitler (who is a moron who must be told via teleprompter the correct way to stroke his white cat when taunting dissidents held suspended over a pool filled with hungry sharks) has pulled the wool over your gullible eyes again!

Posted by: Andrea Harris at December 5, 2003 at 10:51 AM

The turkey was Kosher, Infidels! Does that not prove the Zionist machinations are working even in hateful America. Death to you and your dirty fowl!!!!

Posted by: Abdul Rahib-Jirzah Abbi at December 5, 2003 at 10:59 AM

I hope that turkey was a free-range organic one, allowed to strut around freely in open meadows and fed only on GM-free corn grown without chemicals.

The drumstick, thank you.

Posted by: ilibcc at December 5, 2003 at 11:18 AM

I'm on to you Aussies. You are preparing an army of suntanned soldiers for an empire where the sun never sets!

Posted by: snore at December 5, 2003 at 11:26 AM

Who cares? Unless, of course, the turkey was the _VERY SAME TURKEY_ that Bush supposedly "pardoned" the other day.

Just think about it, you know it makes sense!

PS. I really hope somebody got to eat that turkey, though.

Posted by: Jorge at December 5, 2003 at 11:33 AM

The centrepiece turkey, I mean, not the pardoned one.

Though the pardoned one looked pretty tasty too...

Posted by: Jorge at December 5, 2003 at 11:34 AM

If ever we wanted evidence of how Bush drives the left crazy here it is. This is just too funny to be true but sad since they are taking up legitimate print space with this "big" issue? Is there nothing else out there worthy of print? As long as Bush doesnt come out and say:

"I did not have carnivorous relations with that turkey."

he will be fine.

Posted by: Don at December 5, 2003 at 12:10 PM

Oh. My. Gawd.

Its just hit the Sydney Morning Herald website with the headline "Who's the turkey now?"

Who indeed, Mr Herald. Who indeed.

Posted by: Jorge at December 5, 2003 at 12:24 PM

From the same WaPo story, more nefarious White House lies!

The White House has updated its account of an airborne conversation in which a British Airways pilot wondered into his radio if he had just seen Air Force One and was told that it was a Gulfstream 5, a much smaller plane. White House officials first said that the British Airways pilot had talked with the Air Force One pilot. Bush aides now say the conversation occurred between the British Airways pilot and an air traffic control worker.

BUSH LIED! PEOPLE FLIED!

Posted by: reg at December 5, 2003 at 12:56 PM

It is strange that both Bush and Clinton have got into trouble for their relationships with things that gobble, interns and turkeys share very few other features.

Posted by: Ross at December 5, 2003 at 01:31 PM

Turkeys have less flab on their chins than Monica.
(And except for during the Carter administration, were relatively free of Presidential spaff).

Posted by: Habib at December 5, 2003 at 04:54 PM