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TwinSwords
10-08-2008, 01:02 AM
ROFL, this is hilarious.

Excitable conspiracy theorist Ann Althouse thought she caught Obama cheating at tonight's debate. From her live-blogging:

9:55: I was scrolling through my HDTV recording, looking to photograph the "invisible grapefruit," and I noticed that Obama was wearing an earpiece. I photographed the freeze-frame and have set up a new post to display it.

And without a moment of careful reflection, this post went up:

http://img224.imageshack.us/img224/5543/althousefisksself001dw6.png

Her commenters didn't see the secret earpiece, but Ann insisted:

10:01 PM
Ann Althouse said...
Click the enlargement. It's clearly there, a crescent of clear plastic.

And...

10:02 PM
Ann Althouse said...
I inspected it close up on screen, and I have it saved. I could do a better close up.

After the commenters continued to express dismay, Ann finally decided to check another frame of the video.

Ooops!

Ann Althouse said...
I've scrolled around, and I don't see it in other frames, so I'm going to say it's not there.
10:08 PM

How generous of her.

Back at the live-blog, Ann is all

10:09: I reconsider the perception of an earpiece. I don't see it in other frames. I'm sure a real secret earpiece would be way less visible, inside the ear canal

Yes, of course, Ann, a real secret earpiece would be ...

Hey, wait. Ann just fisked herself. Why is she now lecturing about the nature of true earpieces??

Finally, in her comments...

Ann Althouse said...
I got a little excited myself.

I apologize for the false alarm. It was plain as day in that one still, then gone in others.

10:21 PM

Ann was tasting glory, only to have it turn to ashes in her mouth.

For the last four years, wingnuts have been grasping for another Rathergate moment, but all they ever manage is to shoot themselves in the foot.

Sorry, Ann!

nikkibong
10-08-2008, 02:26 AM
uh, if obama were actually wearing an ear piece this evening, wouldn't he have been more uhh . . . eloquent? (the "uhhh" is a direct quote from obama)

seriously, was the only thing axelrod was feeding him, "Uhhhh . . . this is a central issue of our time . . .zzzzzz"

TwinSwords
10-08-2008, 02:29 AM
uh, if obama were actually wearing an ear piece this evening, wouldn't he have been more uhh . . . eloquent? (the "uhhh" is a direct quote from obama)

seriously, was the only thing axelrod was feeding him, "Uhhhh . . . this is a central issue of our time . . .zzzzzz"

LOL.

But seriously, (a) it wasn't nearly as bad as you suggest; that meme's way overblown, and (b) even if you're right, it didn't matter: he blew McCain out of the water.

nikkibong
10-08-2008, 02:59 AM
i know, just kidding. an obama victory! :)

TwinSwords
10-08-2008, 07:05 PM
Ann's embarrassment has now reached Sadly, No! (http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/12520.html)

Meanwhile, over at her blog, Ann is falsifying the record; she changed the post title, and reduced the size of the picture so she doesn't seem quite so ridiculous. She's also larded up the post with all sorts of other links.

But this is the most hilarious bit of damage control I've ever seen:

You know, just because the thing I saw wasnít there doesnít mean there wasnít something there that I didnít see.

Ocean
10-08-2008, 09:00 PM
Ann's embarrassment has now reached Sadly, No! (tp://www.sadlyno.com/archives/12520.html)

Meanwhile, over at her blog, Ann is falsifying the record; she changed the post title, and reduced the size of the picture so she doesn't seem quite so ridiculous. She's also larded up the post with all sorts of other links.

But this is the most hilarious bit of damage control I've ever seen:

Twin,

You have to fix your link. It's missing the initial "ht". ;)

TwinSwords
10-08-2008, 09:15 PM
http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/doh.gif

Thanks, Ocean! Link's fixed.

TwinSwords
10-24-2008, 11:11 PM
Althouse has been called out for her sloppy work, and is now flailing around in a rage over at her blog.

ó I am shocked at the substandard ethics displayed by The New Yorker's blogger George Packer. (http://althouse.blogspot.com/2008/10/i-am-shocked-at-substandard-ethics.html)

Why not just admit you made a dumb mistake, Ann?

You can see her original post, here (http://althouse.blogspot.com/2008/10/obama-wore-earpiece-that-was-clearly.html).

Best line from the whole dumb affair:

You know, just because the thing I saw wasnít there doesnít mean there wasnít something there that I didnít see.

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bjkeefe
10-24-2008, 11:55 PM
http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/roflmao.gif http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/roflmao.gif http://www.spartantailgate.com/forums/images/smilies/roflmao.gif

My thoughts exactly. Plus, one more: she is so pathetic in her constant attempts to create controversy just to get attention. The giveaway, once again, is the whining about Packer not linking to her.

I'm amazed that she can't learn that this behavior just makes her a better-known laughingstock whose increased readership is 90% people looking for more things to mock, but then, I suppose Conservapedia is pretty proud of their traffic numbers, too.

bjkeefe
10-28-2008, 07:44 PM
Twin:

Did you notice that Jon Swift linked (http://jonswift.blogspot.com/2008/10/great-moments-in-election-year-blogging.html) to this thread that you started? FTW for you!

(Search for the phrase "Obama was wearing a clear plastic hearing aid.")

More Swift-on-Althouse links here (http://bjkeefe.blogspot.com/2008/10/sheer-delight.html).

nikkibong
10-28-2008, 10:56 PM
the author of Gulliver's Travels writes a blog? man, that's longevity . . .