July 9, 2005


Jailed Journalist Reports NY Times Desecration (Scott Ott, 2005-07-09, ScrappleFace)

Law enforcement authorities in major U.S. cities put riot police on high alert today after recently-jailed journalist Judith Miller complained that prison guards had desecrated her copy of The New York Times.

"We know that journalists worship the Times," said one deputy police chief, "If they take to the streets in protest, things could get ugly fast."

Ms. Miller, who works for the Times' counter-intelligence department, told an unnamed visitor that her copy of the revered 'Gray Lady' had been carelessly tossed on the floor, handled by a conservative Republican jailer (who she called 'an infidel') and may have been used as a lining for a cat's litter box.

"They did everything but flush it down the toilet," she said.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 9, 2005 8:19 AM

Today's copy of the Gravy Lady is being unwrapped from the remains of last night's grilled salmon as we speak.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at July 9, 2005 8:26 AM

In a related story, check out this article:


Posted by: Josh Silverman at July 9, 2005 8:27 AM

HA-HA-HA-HA!! Journalists taking to the streets! HA-HA-HA-HA!! Things could get ugly fast! HA-HA-HA-HA!! Snort! HA-HA-HA-HA!!

That was hilarious.

Posted by: Brandon at July 9, 2005 11:42 AM

The toilet wouldn't have it.

Posted by: ratbert at July 9, 2005 1:37 PM

Scrappleface is such poorly rendered satire, I still sit in amazement that anyone actually reads that site.

Posted by: SP at July 10, 2005 11:12 AM

Ah, humorlessness, the bane of liberalism.

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2005 11:18 AM

"Humorlessness"? It may be the bane of liberalism, but (A) I'm not a liberal, and (B) nothing in my comment points to a lack of humor.

In fact, I like comedy so much that it's easy for me to separate the well executed stuff from the poorly executed stuff. Scrappleface falls into the latter category, primarily because it has a poor sense of the rhythm, tone and timbre of the modern news story.

Dave Barry is funny because he accurately mimics news writing. The Onion is funny because it accurately mimics news writing. "The Daily Show" can be funny when it accurately mimics TV news delivery.

The stuff on Scrappleface comes off like a middle-schooler's attempt at parody.

Posted by: SP at July 10, 2005 11:37 AM

you're right about Dave Barry anyway.

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2005 11:52 AM