January 12, 2004


Gobble gobble! CounterLunch writer David Lindorff joins the plastic turkey chorus :

It's a little like that plastic turkey the Commander-in-Chief carried around during his photo-op quickie visit to the airport near Baghdad at Thanksgiving -- it looks good but you can't eat it.

Lindorff takes his place alongside fellow poultry conspiracists Howard Kurtz, John McLaughlin, Saul Landau, W. David Jenkins, Matt Taibbi, Mark Morford, A.L. Kennedy, Heather Wokusch, Ian McNamara, Gregg Easterbrook, Phillip Adams, Alan Ramsey, and Mark Lawson.

Posted by Tim Blair at January 12, 2004 12:39 AM

I'm as active as a marsupial at dusk lately:

"It was NOT a plastic turkey! Look at the WaPo story about the damn turkey!

Dammit, Dave Lindorff, how can you call yourself a journalist when you can't even be bothered to ascertain what you type is correct?

I have lost faith in journalism. Gee, I wonder why. I suppose you're all really Jayson Blairs, too damned lazy to actually investigate a single item, and hoping no one will catch on.

I'd believe used-car salesmen over the entire lot of you."

Posted by: ushi at January 12, 2004 at 04:20 AM

Rhetorical question:

Did the SMH ever publish a correction of Ramsey's counterfeit Turkey claim?

I'm guessing: "no"

Posted by: Aaron at January 12, 2004 at 07:55 AM

Le canard de la dinde est sur la table.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at January 12, 2004 at 09:57 AM

W went to London Town & all the commies & islamofascists in the world couldn’t stop him. Ghouls waved their arms & gibbered in the streets but W spoke & the world listened. Then W went to Baghdad, cheered the troops up, & reassured Iraqis of the Coalition’s commitment & resolve. Iraqis marched for freedom.

World press: Gobble gobble! Gobble! Gobble gobble gobble! Gobble!
[Translation:] What if a turkey an unserved turkey—

Mythical plastic turkey, o Quetzalcoatl of banquet decorations, thy brontichthyan media-form eclipsing the Iraqi freedom marches, so much depends / upon // a plastic / turkey // glazed with glaze / stuff // beside the right / POTUS, o photogenic fowl of Psycho-rigid interpretation beloved of academics & pundits in all climes, o turkeytoon dreamed forth drummed forth that was really Hillary which nobody would touch or eyeball for long & which decayed of it own nature, the remnants displayed on US national television networks of a snowbound Sunday morning then lobbed by Gore to Dean who batted them out & hid them perhaps with his gubernatorial papers...o stupid bird how many fresh responses to you can one muster?

Saddam is captured, & Gadhafi gives up on WMD & exposes Libya-Iran-North Korea WMD program for all to see.

W said: Resolve.
World media: Gobble gobble!
W: Resolve.

Posted by: ForNow at January 12, 2004 at 10:15 AM

Whatever ForNow is drinking, I want some.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at January 12, 2004 at 10:42 AM

I sent Saul Landau an email before Christmas, asking him to show me what his sources were, that led him to believe the Turkey was actually plastic.

He directed me to several newspaper articles, not one mentioning the word "plastic".

I then pointed this lack of reference out to him and told him that as a scholar, he wasn't very good at researching his information. Strangely he hasn't responded since.

Posted by: Jon at January 12, 2004 at 11:02 AM

I've probably said it before, but I suspect that counterpunch was where Turkish Islamists first read the "Rape of Iraq" article.

Posted by: Andjam at January 12, 2004 at 11:14 PM

Where does one even purchase such a thing as a plastic turkey? Perhaps you can get one out of your daughter's Plymouth Rock Barbie set? But wouldn't it be way too small to plausibly wave in the face of hungry soldiers at 5:30 am?

Posted by: Tongue Boy at January 13, 2004 at 12:48 AM

so much depends / upon // a plastic / turkey // glazed with glaze / stuff // beside the right / POTUS

I don't know whether to thank you for making me laugh so hard or curse you for bringing back the memory of The Red Wheelbarrow.

glazed with glaze / stuff

Posted by: Arnold at January 13, 2004 at 08:23 AM

Earlier version:


so much depends / upon // an unserved / turkey // glazed with glaze / stuff // beside the right / POTUS

subsequently adjusted to fit with a medley of past themes in response to yet another return of the deathless plucked serpent, the Ghidrah of the left, whereof the saga is told through many a posting saved in the archives of the Unforgettable Month at http://timblair.spleenville.com/archives/2003_12.php
— & what I was drinking was the memory of all those let’s-hope-unquixotic battles to get the immortal Quetz to call it quits, plus some outstanding Thanksgiving-carried-through-Christmas spirits.

Posted by: ForNow at January 13, 2004 at 09:34 AM

Re Tongue Boy’s comment. At that same thread

is this post:
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For the curious:
I worked in the "art department" (responsible for production design/props) for several years on commercials and television and on several occasions we were called upon to provide false food for shoots. Sometimes I was able to make it myself, but on occasion we purchased professionally made false food. It is EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. The studio we bought from is called Trengrove and they make stunningly realistic props. Check out this page to see their range of false meats, including a PLASTIC TURKEY, and look at the prices. If you look at the turkey Dubya is holding, if it were indeed plastic, it would have to be on the caliber of Trengrove's model to appear as realistic as it did. I'm pretty sure the military didn't shell out for one of those (and if you add the trimmings, you are talking hundreds of dollars). Get it through your thick heads, Bush bashers, the turkey WAS NOT PLASTIC. I've met plastic turkeys, plastic turkeys were friends of mine. Sir, you are NO PLASTIC TURKEY.
It's sad that things get this petty, isn't it?
Posted by: goldsmith at December 16, 2003 at 02:45 PM

Posted by: ForNow at January 13, 2004 at 10:04 AM