This is the New York Times reporting

I got this joke in the mail today:

A biker is riding by the zoo, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage.

Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his bike, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.

A New York Times reporter has watched the whole event.

The reporter addressing the biker says, ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I saw a man do in my whole life.’

The biker replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.’

The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist from the New York Times, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page… So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?”

The biker replies, ‘I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.’

The journalist leaves.

The following morning the biker buys Times to see if it indeed brings news of his actions, and reads, on the front page: U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH

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  • 11B40


    Back in the last ’69, I was an infantry squad leader in Viet Nam. One day, while we were being resupplied by helicopter out in the bush, a camera crew arrived along with the things we needed.

    A while later, our Captain came over to me with the crew in tow and asked me if I wanted to take them out on a patrol I was about to leave on. In one of my proudest moments in the war, I replied, in my New York fashion, with a question, “Do I have to bring them back?”

    We went out; they didn’t. Nice things happen to deserving people.

  • Mike Devx

    This is not really about reporting, and maybe only partly about bias. But I’ve been sitting here for ten minutes and I still can’t get over what I saw. I pulled the top two YouTube links from

    I suppose now I understand what Thomas was experiencing when he reacted to that sarah-palin-president site.

    “Terry Tate” was a “linebacker” in a series of commercials and videos from back in 2002-2003. He enforced correct office protocol. Well, he’s apparently back, and he’s in full anti-Sarah-Palin mode.

    I recommend watching at least thirty seconds of each (at a minimum) and then forwarding to the indicated time second mark.
    (The hit occurs just after 0:43)
    (The hit occurs just after 1:19)

    this might be *the* original Terry Tate video as “office enforcer”. Now that you’ve seen the anti-Palin hits above, watch this:

    I never saw this series of commercials or videos before. They’re not funny to me right now, perhaps mostly because my first exposure to this meme in the anti-Palin hits above.

    Were they ever really funny? What I dislike most about the last link above is that the office-enforcing targets are all white men. ALL of them. After all the screeches of racism against McCain supporters for such things as using words like “socialism” to describe Obama, or bringing up Ayers or Wright… to see such an obvious example of concrete bias on display borders on ridiculous.

    Should I be as disturbed by this as I am?