Walter Mencken's Mike-Pence-at-Pride Instagram pix are funny, but surely this is Fake News. How do you get away with it? Is it good for the country?
Obviously it's satire. The column is called "SD ON THE QT: ALMOST FACTUAL NEWS" and it's been running in the Reader for many years.
Thanks, dwbat, I KNOW it's supposed to be satire, but sometimes it's so close to real
that the line between real and fake is impossibly blurred. I do wonder how that's good for the country.
Looking much like these jokey Reader Instagrams of Vice President Mike Pence with costumed Pride celebrants, I saw the photo from the New York Times of our Vice President making serene small talk with the uniformed Border Patrol officer at the chain-link fence of a crowded Texas migrant asylum detention camp. Ultra-groomed Pence stands chatting, just feet away from throngs of motley unshaven male migrants packed like sardines inside, carrying those those distinctive silvery mylar blankets that are standard issue.
I guess if it had been a cartoon, it would be funny. But in this form, Mencken makes a joke of Real News, and I know that's not good for the country.
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