Friday, July 16, 2004

Making Whoopi

AP story today: Whoopi Goldberg latest star punished over anti-Bush remarks
Another one off the entertainment desk, masquerading as news ("By ANTHONY BREZNICAN, AP Entertainment Writer").
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some may think Whoopi Goldberg's crack about President Bush was no big whoop. But in the latest case of celebrity censure over political remarks, Slim-Fast cut Goldberg out like carbs.
It goes on to tell the sad tale of how the "diet giant" dropped the poor woman simply because "the company's executives were unhappy with anti-Bush remarks Goldberg made at a recent political rally."

What she said, at a rally that raised $7.5 million for the John Kerry-John Edwards presidential ticket, can't be reprinted in a family newspaper, so the AP doesn't even try.

Breznican also informs us, in a Michael Moore-like example of "guilt by juxtaposition," that "The Slim-Fast Foods Co. is based in West Palm Beach, Fla., where President Bush's brother, Jeb, is governor."

But you have to read past all that before you get to this paragraph:
The company's decision to drop Goldberg likely has more to do with consumer complaints than the politics of the executives. Slim-Fast is run by S. Daniel Abraham, who has donated large sums to the Democratic Party.