Friday, January 20, 2012

Helpful lessons in news item coverage


In what is being considered another black eye for the tea party movement and amid stinging criticism from the media, a smoke bomb was thrown over the White House fence during a tea party rally outside the White House on Wednesday. The tea party has been blamed for a coarsening of political discourse in the 3 years since they rose to national prominence and this most recent incident will certainly bolster the notion of increasing extremism arising from within the right.

Eh, actually, we just made that up. Not too shabby, though, huh?

Here's what did happen:

As hundreds of Occupy protesters massed outside the gates of the White House, an apparent smoke bomb was thrown over the fence Tuesday night, forcing authorities to disperse the crowds. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were not in the White House when it happened — he was taking her out for a night on the town to celebrate her 48th birthday.

There were no arrests in the incident, said George Ogilvie, U.S. Secret Service spokesman.

Nothing to see here, folks. Please move along.


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