Politico Feigns Shock at a Story It Helped Create

The day is finally here. Politico has actually become a perpetual motion machine of crap, feeding on its own detritus to create new stories.

Today’s front page “story” (underlining ours):

President Obama takes the heat President Bush did not

Eight years ago, a terrorist bomber’s attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner was thwarted by a group of passengers, an incident that revealed some gaping holes in airline security just a few months after the attacks of Sept. 11. But it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks about the so-called “shoe bomber,” Richard Reid, and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate.

That stands in sharp contrast to the withering criticism President Barack Obama has received from Republicans and some in the press for his reaction to Friday’s incident on a Northwest Airlines flight heading for Detroit.

Yesterday’s front page “story”:

Handling problems the Obama way

There is a sense of déjà vu in the Obama administration’s response to the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day. A by-now familiar pattern has been established for dealing with unexpected problems.

First, White House aides downplay the notion that something may have gone wrong on their part. [. . .] After a few days, the White House concedes on the issue, and perhaps Barack Obama even steps out to address it. [. . .]

After delivering his first public remarks Monday about a Nigerian man’s attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines jetliner over Detroit, the president motorcaded to the golf course at a nearby country club. Optics aside, it had taken Obama three days to issue a statement on the incident, and the administration was left struggling to control the message.

It’s almost elegant. Either this set of stories was a plan, or not even Politico staff reads its website anymore. Maybe the rest of the country should take the cue.

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