Do they only get it if they clearly get a “#sarcasm” or “<sarcasm>…</sarcasm>” inserted in a statement for them?
Case in point, the Nikko Jenkins “endorsement” of Lee Terry.
See what we did there?
We put the word “endorsement” in quotes because Jenkins didn’t “endorse” Terry “for real”.
He was being SARCASTIC.
But you wouldn’t know that from reading press account of Jenkins’ court room statement:
- KMTV: Nikko Jenkins says ‘vote for Lee Terry’ in court
- Watchdog: Nikko Jenkins in court: ‘Vote for Lee Terry’
- Roll Call: Nikko Jenkins Endorses Lee Terry
- Cook Political Report: “Probably not the endorsement headline you want”
- LJS: “”Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever.” — Nikko Jenkins. No but really, he said that.”
One reporter from Channel 3 couched his tweet a little, saying “Nikko Jenkins in court today, joking or not, says he backs @LEETERRYNE. “Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever,” Jenkins said.”
Joking or not?
Crazy man Nikko ALSO said of Terry,
“He worships my [unintelligible].”
Was that “ass” or “shit” or “tattooed face” or “ethereal presence”?
Help us out here KMTV.
This reminds us that all reporters are 3rd grade girls out on the playground who say, “You LOVE Booger Billy, don’t you????!!!!!!”
And then the deadpanned response is, “Ohhhh yes. I am DEEPLY in love with him…”
And the reporters squeal (and in the modern world, Tweet), “OHMYGOD! She admitted she LOVES HIM!!!!!!”
We recently went through this after using a joking image of a serial killer next to a local radio host.
Point being, here are serious, we assume educated, reporters saying, “Oooh! This looks bad! A murderer just ENDORSED Lee Terry! Oooh! He ENDORSED him! We heard it!!!!!”
We feel like Mugatu here!
As long as we are talking extended goofiness, here is the Lincoln Journal Star’s headline telling us how awesome Amanda McGill would be as State Auditor because she’s a woman and how Democrats…well, let us just read the headline:
Ya got that? MORE is your key word there.
But let us delve into the article:
This year, three women are running for positions in that exclusive club: lieutenant governor nominee Jane Raybould, auditor candidate Amanda McGill and attorney general hopeful Janet Stewart.
Each is running as a Democrat.
They are joined by seven women running for state Legislature: Laura Ebke of Crete and Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, along with Omaha-area candidates Carol Blood, Stacy Ryan, Joni Craighead, Gwenn Aspen and incumbent Sen. Lydia Brasch.
On the officially nonpartisan legislative ticket, all but Blood and Pansing Brooks are Republican.
So, let us do a little math here:
5 Democrat women are running for office in Nebraska.
5 Republican women are running for office in Nebraska.
But the Democrats want more?
Seems to us, that the Democrats actually want the same number.
And we would argue that the odds of Republicans actually ELECTING more women is greater.
<sarcasm>But we will have to analyze the polls on that one.</sarcasm>
We are convinced that the media’s spin from state Senator Steve Lathrop’s hearings today will determine how Governor Dave Heineman is viewed in all of this.
That is nothing, but especially here, where Lathrop is working court room style, but Heineman will have a pulpit to speak from later.
And does this affect Heineman and the UNL gig?
We will be watching.