Let's Play "Journalist!" - Page 2
MANAGING EDITOR: Knock it off, Chico.
JOHN KING: Well, can't we just run the story anyway and say "Breitbart reports that Weiner sent a photo of his Weiner to a college girl?" We report press releases all the time as if they were real news.
MANAGING EDITOR: I don't know. There just seems to be something a little stinky here.
WOLF: That might be me. Tacos for lunch.
MANAGING EDITOR: Let's hash this out a little further. Now, we know the Tweet was sent from Weiner's account to this college girl. Weiner claims his account was hacked. Anyone here know how to hack a Twitter account?
(ALL HANDS GO UP)
MANAGING EDITOR: S'what I thought. So do I. So, anyone can get a picture of some guy's underwear bulge, photoshop it to a screen cap from Weiner's YFrog account...
GUPTA: Why not turkey? Why not fish? Why frog?
MANAGING EDITOR: Enough outta you! Like I was saying, they could phony up something like that, hack into someone's Twitter account, send it to everyone on that person's list and then remove all traces of themselves from the account.
KING: Easy as pie!
CROWLEY: Mmmm! Pie!
MANAGING EDITOR: OK, I think I see where we're going with this. We have a questionable photo, which the Daily Kos has already proven to be a forgery. We have a right wing nut job with a history of publishing falsified and misleading information about liberals as if it were God's own truth. We have a Congressman with an oddly-ironic last name. So, what do we do with this story?
ALL: WE GIVE IT THE 24/7 FULL COVERAGE TREATMENT AND REPORT IT AS IF IT WERE TRUE, AND WE GIVE BREITBART FREE TV TIME TO COME ON AND LIE ABOUT IT, AND WE SEND REPORTERS TO HOUND WEINER AND QUESTION WHATEVER ANSWER HE GIVES UNTIL HE SNAPS!
MANAGING EDITOR: THAT'S why you're the "Best Political Team on Television!"
Great job everyone. And wasn't that FUN???