Monday, January 4, 2010

Five Simple Rules

Steve Benen lists the five simple rules that the media uses to understand “Media/Political Establishment’s Rules for Understanding the Political Implications of Terrorism (or MPERUPIT):”

* If terrorists successfully attack during a Democratic president’s first year in office (first attack on World Trade Center), it’s the Democrats’ fault, and the attack is good news for Republicans.

* If terrorists unsuccessfully attack during a Democratic president’s second term, it’s the Democrats’ fault the terrorists even tried, and the attack is good news for Republicans.

* If terrorists successfully attack during a Republican president’s first year in office (9/11), it’s the Democrats’ fault, and the attack is good news for Republicans.

* If terrorists unsuccessfully attack during a Republican president’s second term, it’s only because the Republican is “taking the fight to the enemy,” and the attack is good news for Republicans.

* If terrorists unsuccessfully attack during a Democratic president’s first year in office, it’s the Democrats’ fault the terrorists even tried, and the attack is good news for Republicans.

Just memorize those and you too can get a gig on This Week and Meet the Press and you’ll get your very own engraved coffee mug from Fox News.