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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

News Roundup for 10/5/10

Elroy jetson with rocketpack
Member of the LAPD's elite Rocket Squad

-Headline of the Day-
"Fox & Friends Falls For Fake LAPD Jetpack Story."

The show that's such unbelievable bullshit that you wish there were a stronger word for bullshit makes the roundup again. And, in the process, they reveal the depths of their credulity and the rigorousness of their fact-checking.

See, F&F "discovered" that the LAPD had bought 10,000 at $100,000 a pop, meaning LA cops spent one billion bucks on nifty Jetson's stuff, which seems a little pricy for a California city's budget. Of course, the source of the story was the Weekly World News -- home of Batboy! -- so you know this is just rock-solid journalism.

"You gotta make up some rules," said Brian Kilmeade. "Because you're going to have jetpacks flying into choppers!" Yeah, that'd be a real problem there, Brian. Host Steve Doocy later retracted the story, saying that "it looked like the LAPD was going to buy a whole bunch. Turns out they're not going to."

See, this is why you do your fact-checking before you report the story.

You've got to wonder, why are all these people so drunk so early in the morning? (Mediaite, with video)

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reports that Tea Party candidates aren't just rightwing nutjobs, they're also secret agents!

Now, either these uber-moral rightwing goofballs are undercover agents or they're lying -- which wouldn't be so uber-moral. Crazy teabaggers making shit up? Unheard of. (MSNBC, via Raw Story)

-Bonus HotD-
"Fear of Fox and the death of a climate bill."

Long story short, Lindsey Graham's a pussy. (Political Animal)

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