Worst Paper on the Whole East Coast
The overblown “100 Days of the Obama Presidency” stories will, for the most part, be terrible. But some special honor must be paid to the dippy “100 Mistakes” list featured in the New York Post (which endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president, if that matters). There are some undeniable mistakes (ah, yes, Bill Richardson) mixed in with some stuff that’s clearly filler, and stuff that makes no sense. To wit:
13. Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega went on a 50-minute anti-American rant, calling Obama “president of an empire.” Obama didn’t leave the room. “I thought it was 50 minutes long. That’s what I thought,” he said.
I’ve never quite gotten the outrage here, since the president’s response was so clearly backhanded. The alternative was for the president of the United States to flee the scene?
19. Nixes a “buy American” provision in the stimulus bill.
Which most conservatives were for.
41. Obama considers dropping the embargo on Cuba.
Which was always his position, and is politically popular.
61. Threatening to fire anyone the administration doesn’t like from any company.
This hasn’t actually happened.
93. Three prime-time briefings in his first 100 days, eating into television revenues and this Wednesday pre-empting “American Idol.”
Which appears on Fox, owned by the Post’s parent company, NewsCorp, but let’s not tell anyone.
100. “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.” – Obama to Rep. Peter DeFazio, after the Democratic congressman voted against the stimulus bill.
Yes, cordial pressure applied to members of the president’s own party is a horrific blunder.
This list is, nonetheless, one of the most popular Post stories all year, if you don’t count their increasingly fishy “Ashley Biden cocaine” story.