De-Constructing headlines, 101

This evening’s Huff Post headliners:


FINANCIAL CRISIS UPDATES: Dismal Earnings… Merck To Slash 7,200 Jobs… Wachovia Reports $23.9 Billion Loss For Q3… More World Fallout… Brazilian Stock Market Halts Trading

What is so interesting is how each and every topic fits together, and also stands alone so nicely on its own.

Take Palin’s personal shopper. Not only did she grab $150,000+ of clothes and (what the hell is an accessory? Does it have anything to do with murder?) er, stuff, she used a potentially criminal GOPer who is notorious for his creative election fraud and robo-calls. I know that McCain will reach across the aisle, but frankly, reaching that far over to Karl Rove and his clones was not what America had in mind, Senator McCain.

Still the key, underlying fact remains that she spent $150,000 in little over seven weeks, (three times as much as the average family of four earns in a year). On new clothes. OK, so it was other people’s money, and if you reaserched it, you’d find that there’s no difference in her behavior as governor or as WP candidate. “Other People’s Money” seems to be the Palin Girl Scout Pledge.

HuffPo’s timing is truly exquisite:
Merck fires 7,200; Wachovia’s ($23.9 Billion); The Brazilian Stock Market – In a nutshell, the very core of our global economy is under structural attack and virtual collapse, . . . and she spends $150,000 for CLOTHING? Over 7 weeks?

Whether HuffPo did this on purpose, or whether the timing of those stories was circumstantial, even predictable, given the growing numbers of screw-ups in the McCain camp, the falling economy, and the great likelihood that both would occur in the same news cycle, does not matter. It is enough to see them on the same headline on HuffPo. If you give it a second or two, it becomes obvious that the same confluence of stories will happen everywhere, in the papers, local news stations, and sTalk radio:
Story #1 The Economy is collapsing globally!
Story #2 Sarah spends $150k on new clothes.

A real man of the people.