Warning: The New York Times and MSNBC Need to Avert Eyes.
This is graphic video footage of birds fighting over food. Since The New York Times editorial board and MSNBC's David Shuster were shocked by scenes of the painless slaughtering of a turkey in the background of a video interview with Gov. Palin, the psychological and physical pain the birds in this video feel from pecks and menacing gestures will probably be too gruesome for them as well as others in the mainstream media.
Mark Steyn, as usual, explains the dilemma best:
"And, while you're right that 'it would have been funny whichever pol stood there', ask yourself whether the media would even have noticed had Joe Biden done such a thing. That's what upgraded it from mildly infelicitous to side-splitting hilarious - not the footage, but the po-faced huffing of the shrieking nancies at MSNBC and the portentous plonkers at The New York Times:'You don't have to be a huge animal lover to question why Governor Palin chose to be interviewed — while issuing a traditional seasonal pardon of a turkey — while turkeys were being executed in the background.'
"And that's Sarah Palin's real stroke of genius in these difficult times for the global economy. For, in an age when the government picks which banks to nationalize and which banks to fail, and guarantees mortgages that should never have been issued, and prepares to demand that those taxpayers with responsible and affordable pension plans prop up the lavish and unsustainable pension programs of Detroit, Governor Palin has given us a great teaching moment and a perfect snapshot of what my Brit reader would recognize as pre-Thatcher "industrial policy":
"When the government decides it can 'pick winners' and spare them from the realities of the market, everyone else gets bled to death.
"Thank you, Sarah. It's the first election ad of Campaign '12."