September 30, 2004


Rathergate exposed the power of the Internet, writes Frederick Turner:

What we saw was an extraordinary example of what chaos and complexity theorists call spontaneous self-organization. Out of a highly communicative but apparently chaotic medium an ordered, sensitively responsive, but robust order emerges, acting as an organism of its own. Suddenly a perfectly-matched team of specialists had self-assembled out of the ether.

And this doesn’t happen only over fonts and Microsoft Word documents. Consider the reaction of sunless-tanning experts to John Kerry’s searing new suntan:

He looks pretty orange to me. He needs to use the Brent method I think!

looks very pumpkinfied to me...and hideous!

Way to dark and fake looking.

Well, HEY...I'll take an orange president anyday if he's supporting sunless!!

I would be ready to give Kerry credit for a nice wind-surfing tan here, too, if he weren't so dang orange. As it is, it looks like he got into some TBT with the solution a few percentage points too strong. I'd sure hate to be the tech who sprayed all accounts, John-o doesn't treat his underlings well, especially when they net him as much grief as he's gotten today about his Florida citrus-y complexion.

I've never seen a real tan look like that.

So harsh! The tan is fake but real, okay?

UPDATE. Dan Rather just can’t resist those fake documents:

Three weeks after he denounced the internet as being "filled with rumors," the embattled CBS anchor ran a story on his Tuesday "Evening News" program hoping to stir up fear of an impending military draft. In a story that was a textbook example of slipshod reporting, CBS reporter Richard Schlesinger used debunked internet hoax emails and an unlabeled interest group member to scare elderly "Evening" viewers into believing that the U.S. government is poised to resume the draft.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 30, 2004 04:04 AM

John Kerry has no worse enemy than John Kerry.

Posted by: Lee at September 30, 2004 at 04:16 AM

In that it makes him look ghoulish, I'd say it's definitely "fake but accurate."

Posted by: Lexine at September 30, 2004 at 04:16 AM

A picture Kerry took with some kids at a campaign rally today:

Posted by: Mr Vee at September 30, 2004 at 04:17 AM

My blog contains links to before, during, and (seemingly) after photos that seem to indicate he really *did* turn a freakish shade of orange over the course of the touch football game.

I hope this can be explained by something non-life-threatening. I want him to lose, not to die.

Posted by: Brian Jones at September 30, 2004 at 04:48 AM

Quote spotted at NRO's The Corner:

"John Kerry's tan is temporary - just like people say his opinions are,"

Posted by: Roger Bournival at September 30, 2004 at 04:57 AM

No, Fred, what we saw was an actually just an ordinary example of what we call "telling the truth" and "exposing lies." You're over-analyzing it, pal -- bloggers don't do anything more or better than they'd do without the net, but the net allows them to bypass editors, and reach many more people. Sorry to stomp on your Carl Sagan moment. As an alternative, try following up the link between excessive skin pigmentation and over-ingestion of ketchup.

Brain freed and mind working,

Posted by: OH Boy at September 30, 2004 at 05:07 AM

CBS to the blogosphere, re: the draft story -

"F#$% You! We're going to keep carrying water for Kerry for the next month - longer, if the election is disputed!

At least, we will while we still have viewers and advertisers..."

Posted by: Parker at September 30, 2004 at 05:13 AM

All anyone has to do to debunk the draft story is to ask if CBS did as much fact-checking on that as they did on the fake memo story. I expect there would be frozen silence.

Posted by: Rebecca at September 30, 2004 at 06:54 AM

Next thing you know old Dan will be waving Nigerian e-mails in his hand and announcing he's been requested to assist in an important financial transaction.

Posted by: Randal Robinson at September 30, 2004 at 06:55 AM

It's not Addison's Disease on account of the pretend sunglass circles around the eyes.
Nice touch.

Posted by: TT at September 30, 2004 at 10:24 AM

Wouldn't it be a chuckle if Kerry's face was peeling during the debate.

Posted by: G Hamid at September 30, 2004 at 11:48 AM