This is too funny to be true. But it is, my friends. Sure, we’ve seen a lot of truly bizarre claims coming from our betters in the mainstream media these past few days. On Tuesday, in a delicious bit of irony, a New York Times reporter claimed that Governor Palin was treating the media poorly. On Wednesday David Frum whined that her bus tour was taking attention away from his candidate, Mandate Mitt. Also on Wednesday, some nut, Martin Bashir of MSNBC (I never heard of him either), solemnly declared that her bus tour was against federal law or something. But today’s installment of Media Gone Wild may well be the best yet. Via our old buddies at Politico:
Sarah Palin’s bus is plastered with a mock-up of the U.S. Constitution. But her entourage — both the three-vehicle motorcade that includes the bus and the smaller, two-SUV version she uses for smaller events — hasn’t been very respectful of traffic laws.
They speed. They run red lights and stop signs. They make last-second lane changes to get off the highway, sometimes without signaling.
So do the reporters following them.
Journalists in the caravan trailing her “One Nation” tour bus describe the experience as harrowing, a rolling menace careening up the East Coast in hot pursuit of the former Alaska governor who declined to provide any advance itinerary of her tour over six days on the road.
The reporters who are speeding, tailgating, cutting off other cars, blasting through roundabouts and passing on the right in an effort to keep up, say they have no other choice since they never know what Palin’s up to or where she’s headed — and aides typically won’t tell them anything. Once they’re on the road, they’re filing urgent updates by phone and figuring out unorthodox bathroom breaks, like the reporter who pulled over to relieve himself on the side of the highway going from Gettysburg, Pa., to Philadelphia — drawing notice from both Palin aides and the rest of the trailing press.
Heh! Watching the media come undone like this is a spectacle to behold. These lunatics are “speeding, tailgating, cutting off other cars, blasting through roundabouts and passing on the right in an effort to keep up” with someone they insist is (a) not running for president and (b) irrelevent. Indeed so inconsequential is she, evidently, that they’re abliged to “relieve” themselves on the side of the highway (Weinergate II?) lest they miss “where she’s headed”. And this, presumably, is all her fault. I have no idea what they’ll come up with next, but thus far the media’s coverage of her bus tour has been a blogger’s dream.