If you thought the right-wing frenzy over the “Islamic crescent design” of the Flight 93 memorial was weird, check out the latest lemming stampede over the way CNN allegedly flashed a big X over Dick Cheney’s face during live coverage of Ol’ Snarly’s speech yesterday at the American Enterprise Institute.
The Drudge Report has given the story five-alarm play since last night, claiming that the X created “an odd subliminal effect.” To what end is not explained — maybe Drudge is flashing on The Omen, that enjoyably idiotic 1976 flick in which Gregory Peck discovers his adopted son is really the Antichrist. You will recall that whenever a potential troublemaker was targeted for termination, a black streak appeared across the victim’s face in photographs.
Leave it to enterprising Canadian blogger Dan McKenzie to spoil the fun by revealing the X to be a technical glitch during the broadcast. Check out the comments, though — at least one troll won’t be appeased by any such technical talk. Personally, I think if some techie at CNN really had wanted to send a subliminal message about the speech, flashing LYING SHITWEASEL over Cheney’s face would have been far more appropriate.
Originally published in The Opinion Mill.
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