The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

08 January 2006

Franken Fluff Coverage From Chicago Tribune


New Year Brings Fresh Al Franken Puff Pieces

Sure enough, the holidays brought only a temporary reprieve from the mainstream media's strange and endless fascination with Al Franken, where fluffy coverage is routine.

Isn't it more of an affliction for these reporters, like a Frankenflu?

And what an especially astounding example of Frankenfluff we have today, coming from the Chicago Tribune's Nina Metz. Get a load of these brutal, probing questions on the contents of his soon-to-be-vacated New York City flat, from "The Truth (and a Joke) About Al Franken's Apartment":

3. Three condiments we would find in your refrigerator: Mustard, mustard and mustard. Different kinds, of course: the really coarse ground kind, the less coarse ground kind and the least coarse ground kind.

4. Three things we would find in your medicine cabinet: A razor, shaving cream and eye cream -- it's my wife's.

5. Maker of your everyday dinnerware: I have no idea. It's white-ish.

6. Pattern of your fine china: Um ... it has a pattern?

7. What is the biggest collection in your home? My son's signed baseballs and footballs.

8. What music have you been listening to at home lately? The Grateful Dead.

9. What reading material would we find in your bathroom? [In the Nixon bathroom], there's an official portrait, hand towels, a copy of his resignation letter from the National Archives, a four-page letter from Elvis and a stupid campaign bio that's almost like a picture book.

10. Most embarrassing thing in your home that you hide when guests come over: Our anti-psychotics.

could explain some of Al's recent antics, perhaps?

Don't you feel better informed, now knowing which condiments are found in Al Franken's fridge? Certainly, I feel I've learned something new today about mustard.

Almost without exception, America's newspapers have made it clear: Franken's got a permanent free pass from coverage of substance.

Frankenfluff forever!

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