Reason Goes the Full Wingnut

In a few years when people look back and say to themselves “What the hell happened to Reason magazine,” it might be useful for them to direct their web browsers to this Nick Gillespie post, where he just completely loses it about a photo op in which Obama and Biden buy hamburgers:

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden jaunted off to an Arlington, Virginia restaurant called Ray’s Hell Burger, where they and their posse ingested mass quantities of burgers and house-speciality “cheesy tater puffs.”

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Obama should know better: You really don’t have to pay for fawning coverage from the Fourth Estate (now reduced for quick sale by owners!), though I’m sure all the starving members of the White House press corps are happy with the free-to-them grub, especially now that Jack Germond isn’t standing in the way of the fixin’s bar.

These sorts of ultra-lame, super-calculated P.R. stunts really chap my hide. They’re simply the obverse of official stories that Kim Jong-il doesn’t ever go to the bathroom or that Mussolini could beat even Italian champs at tennis, clearly phony embellishments to alternately make leaders either superhuman or super-normal.

I like how he skipped the Dijon mustard angle preferred by a different genus of wingnut and instead went for mentioning totalitarian regimes. Well played, Nick, although I’m sad you couldn’t work in Hitler and liberal fascism! I guess the teabag demographic is a bigger player in magazine sales than I expected.

RIP, Reason Magazine.