Friday, November 09, 2007

The Hillary Tip Nonscandal - Waitress to Media: 'You People Are Nuts'

I guess you saw the media run amok again yesterday in hopes of provoking what the New York Times called a "potentially embarrassing mini scandal." After NPR, Drudge, NBC, ABC, et al rushed to broadcast to the world that Hillary's campaign forgot to leave a tip at a restaurant in Iowa, the story soon proved to be false.

The bill was $157 and the Clinton campaign left a tip of $100.

But the best part of the story about our insane 'gotcha' media is what waitress Anita Esterday said to reporters when they called her at her home in Iowa:

“You people are really nuts,” she told a reporter during a phone interview. “There’s kids dying in the war, the price of oil right now — there’s better things in this world to be thinking about than who served Hillary Clinton at Maid-Rite and who got a tip and who didn’t get a tip.”

Someone give this woman a job at the New York Times.

Yesterday, the Clinton campaign set up a site to rebut the lies and misinformation. Already, they have a page full: The Fact Hub.

"It is simply no longer possible to ignore the strangeness of our public discourse." -- Al Gore