The Knucklehead of the Day award
Goes to Washington Post writer Robin Wright. Her letter from Air Force Two while covering a trip of Secretary Condoleezza Rice is a priceless piece of self-centered whining. Go and read the whole thing. Here is just a few excerpts.
Imagine this: You're about to set off with the secretary of state for Central Asia, a destination halfway around the world, on two back-to-back seven-hour flights in a packed 757 -- and the first meal served is a teeming bowl of pork and beans.
Of all the contentious issues on any trip by the secretary of state, food tops the list. Despite the heroic efforts of dedicated and good-natured military crews to craft miracles from abysmal menus, Air Force Two's food has become notorious.
Almost everyone has a story, comment or recommendation. "I don't think you understand the depth of hatred for wing-dings among the staff," said Jim Wilkinson, one of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's inner circle. "We're not sure what kind of wings they are. Some people hate the meatballs, but most hate the wing-dings. They violate the laws of war, the Geneva Convention and the international convention on torture. They're sooo bad."
Pretty bad. But it gets worse.
But there are other complaints about Air Force cooking. "The burrito, it almost took me down," said the secretary's special assistant, Josie Duckett, who got sick during a stop in Tajikistan.
"The flan put to rest my theory that at least you could count on a decent dessert," said Anne Gearan of the Associated Press.
"The meat, it's awful. It's much too cooked," said Sylvie Lanteaume of Agence France-Presse.
"I'm not a vegetarian, but I'd like at least one meal without meat," said Joel Brinkley of the New York Times as he cut laboriously through a brown slab of meat that has become known as maybe-beef.
It's not as if any of us are demanding gourmets. Some of us would likely flunk home ec.
"I'm British -- I'm used to eating inedible food," said Saul Hudson of Reuters, adding that he was "aghast" at the food during his first trip with the State Department entourage.
This story is exhibit A in proving how far removed the Washington Press corps is from reality. I'd be embarassed by reading myself quoted above but I guess they feel justified.
Most of the American people would tell these journalists to get their own damn food. Plus get a life while they're at it. Why are we paying for these people's meals in t he first place?
Good question- What genius at the Washington Post thought this was suitable for printing? Then again the Post has printed other exhibits in the school of bad journalism. Click here, here, here and here.
To Robin Wright, I suggest you bring your own food next time but make sure you have plenty of room. For you are today's Knucklehead of the day. Show that to your colleagues.
Hat tip- Michelle Malkin
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