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Mainstream Media loses last ounce of integrity

Was anyone else concerned when Rupert Murdock (owner of Fox News) bought the Wall Street Journal? Well, no need to worry. This morning’s front page story of the WSJ online finally exposes the real reason why Obama is not “fit” to be president — he’s not fat. Here’s proof (from the article):

“I won’t vote for any beanpole guy,” another Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.

Nevermind all those silly people who claim that at a point when we are involved in two wars, on the verge of a recession, with oil prices rising insanely, a failing healthcare system, and a global food crisis, home foreclosures, etc. that the venerated Wall Street Journal could find a more appropriate topic. Hah!

My beef is how they got the above quote!  While the WSJ blames some anonymous Yahoo message board, diligent readers have discovered that the author of the WSJ piece started the topic herself by posting the following:

Is Obama too skinny to be president?
15-Jul-08 06:04 pm

Does anyone out there think Barack Obama is too thin to be president? Anyone having a hard time relating to him and his “no excess body fat”? Please let me know. Thanks!

Five hours later, this response was posted:

Re: Is Obama too skinny to be president?
15-Jul-08 10:21 pm

Yes I think He is to skinny to be President.Hillary has a potbelly and chuckybutt I’d of Voted for Her.I won’t vote for any beanpole guy.

The other two posts to the thread (which is saved on Google cache, since the WSJ reporter deleted her post) are  dismissing the question as stupid and irrelevant. But never let it be said that the mainstream media isn’t concerned about the news.  They are so concerned that they create news themselves! After all, waiting for it to happen and reporting on it is so last century.

The same article shows that if a reporter doesn’t want to go to all the trouble to create news, they can just borrow it — another part of the WSJ “article” is a slight restatement of a McCain campaign memo.

UPDATE: See also this video from The Onion about courting the fat vote:

As Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Courting The Fat Vote

UPDATE 2: The Wall Street Journal is backpedaling from their story.