It was fun while it lasted.
Yesterday, Roger Simon wrote an article for Politico in which he stated that Paul Ryan has deemed Mitt Romney “The Stench.” (I wrote about it here.) Today, Simon wants everyone to know that his article was satire:
Simon told BuzzFeed: “Some people always don’t get something, but I figured describing PowerPoint as having been invented to euthanize cattle would make the satire clear. I guess people hate PowerPoint more than I thought.”
First of all, I’m not sure why contributors at Politico thinks anyone reads Politico for satire. Leave satire to The Onion and Christwire.
Second of all, when you’re dealing with a candidate as flat-out absurd as Mitt Romney, you can’t expect anyone to understand that your writings in an online political newspaper are satire. If you’re going to try to satirize anything about Mitt Romney, it needs to be palpably clear. In the case of Simon’s article, it wasn’t — at least not to me (and the multiple media outlets that reported it as fact.)
Get it together, Politico.
[cross-posted at ABLC]