D’oh: Olbermann, media fall for bungled Politico satire claiming Ryan calls Romney ‘The Stench’

Yes, where are the reports?


Evidently, the likes of Keith Olbermann, Paul Krugman and other libs don’t need any pesky reports or sources! They don’t even need common sense; it’s easier to just believe everything you read even if it is clearly satire. Thus, they ran with a silly attempt at satire by Politico, which said that Paul Ryan refers to Mitt Romney as “The Stench.”

Going rogue, you see!

More from Jammie Wearing Fool:

When poor attempts at humor go hysterically awry. Some goofball at the Politico churned out a pitiful attempt at humor under the premise Paul Ryan is distancing himself from the “stench” of the Romney campaign. Oops.

Needless to say, the political press and blogosphere have jumped on the story:

Times columnist Paul Krugman:
Can I say that even though I’m not exactly a fan of Mitt Romney’s, this is just bad behavior? You’re supposed to wait until it’s actually over before you do this kind of thing. Anyway, I like how Ryan is declaring independence: by using PowerPoint!

Oh, yes, he did. Remember, President Obama recently called Krugman “one of the smartest economic reporters out there.” Oh, our aching sides! Guess this pitiful fail was just a bump in the road!

The New York Times now has a strike-out through almost the whole thing!

Krugman wasn’t alone.

Many ran with it as fellow libs fell for the satire, and breathlessly tweeted it out.

The always ludicrous and intelligence-deficient Keith Olbermann falls for it.

As does Daily Kos.

And Comedy Central’s blog.

HuffPo’s Jennifer Bendery continues today.

A writer at Rachel Maddow’s blog still refuses to believe it’s satire, after falling for it.


Update: There’s apparently some debate about whether Roger Simon’s column is satire. I’d just note for context that the piece isn’t identified as satire, Simon is a chief political correspondent and not a satirist, and the column is filled with details and anecdotes that are, in fact, accurate. If it is satire, it’s awfully tough to tell.

Mediaite fell for it.

The author tries to backpedal.

But fails! Flashback alert:

They are continuing to attempt to slam Romney with a satire, even after it has been widely reported that it was, you know, satire.


This Twitter user thinks everyone has egg on their faces, including Politico.

Plus, it wasn’t even funny. That’s the most offensive. What is hilarious, though? The stupidity of the media.

Aww, sad face for Slate!

Keep the hilarity coming, lapdogs! We appreciate the giggles!

  • J. Cox

    America’s MSM,gladly destroying themselves while pretending to be relevant.E.Gad,I love it when I smell victory so close the libs start killin each other with …I have no clue what to call what they are doing,but it’s fun to watch.

    • strat77

      Clowns. Their desperation does indeed smell like victory.

  • kch50428

    The genesis of this “stench” is explained by the guy who’s quote in the NY Slimes started it all: http://theiowarepublican.com/2012/the-stench-of-romney/

  • Danny Wheeler


  • Grumpa Grumpus

    Well, at least my source for calling Obama “Stinky” or “Prez!Stinky”(tm) is an Oct 2009 women’s magazine video interview w/The First Pestilence.

    As to my referring to Moose by calling her “My Lady Flatulence” or “The First Flatus”…

    For that I have no sources except a knowledge of the human body’s reaction to eating lots of fatty pork & beef BBQ.

    That and a general suspicion drawn about the reasons behind someone keeping their face constantly twisted into an expression a virile Klingon would wear with pride…

    …one that scares small children…
    … seeing-eye dogs…
    AND their owners…

    … at a hundred yards down range.

  • J.N. Ashby

    Well, to be fair to Keith, he is dumb as the day is long. Also, he should go back to ESPN. He was likeable on that.

  • ZoriahShepard

    All those dummies who swallowed that dumb story are voting for BHO right? Good.

  • Dio Heerai

    This is no laughing matter this MISinformation was around for 24 hours before the Romney campaign commented . Millions saw this as REAL .
    This LATE response is not acceptable Romney campaign.

    • VESENG

      But when your opponents are making fools of themselves, just let them.

  • http://twitter.com/wheindl1 Walter Heindl

    The pundits should be excused. The report looked too much like Politico’s usual garbage for anyone to have noticed that it was satire.

  • RebeccaH

    Ah, yes, I love the stench of victory on a November morning.

  • txsoutherngrace

    Proves 4 things
    1. LSM is as literal in it’s liberalism as their trolls are (literalism is contagious)
    2. They don’t read an entire article to get to the disclaimer
    3. LSM is reporting from Twitter as a valid source ( WTH you guys go to school for?)
    3. Roger’s satire needs to be more blatantly satirical so #1 doesn’t happen… maybe a red bold font at the top of the article?

    • CoastalMaineBird

      satire needs to be more blatantly satirical
      Sorry, but if you can get past the “Microsoft invented PowerPoint in order to euthanize cattle” bit, without it tripping your sarcasm detector, you’re too far gone for red fonts.

      • txsoutherngrace

        My sarcasm detector was tripped the moment I read it…MSM was too dense get it. If you had read my full post and other responses, you would have known that.

  • BeeKaaay

    Even they cite Intrade which is giving Obama a huge lead over Romney. 75% chance of re-election for 4 more years of Marxism and rising.

  • John (it true me am)

    And at least half the people who saw this referenced will never get the memo about the “correction” and continue to think it’s true, telling all their friends about how “even Ryan” doesn’t like Romney.
    At this point I almost want to win the election more to point and laugh at the media than I do to beat Obama and save the country.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    There’s a piece of this same article that says that Microsoft invented PowerPoint in order to euthanize cattle.

    Now, I’m as anti-Microsoft as they come, but I’m not so far gone as to not recognize that as absurdism.

    How far up Obama’s butt do you have to be to not recognize the “stench” thing?