Saturday, March 14, 2009

NYT dips into Rod Stewart's songbook

In todya's New York Times, Abeer Mohammed and Alissa J. Rubin offer the only story filed from Iraq, "One Good Way to Make Female Hearts Flutter in Iraq: Throw a Shoe." Did Muntader al-Zaidi make the reporters hearts flutter? That's left unstated in the brief article apparently written while listening to Rod Stewart repeatedly:

In parks and dress shops, in university halls and on picnics, Iraqi women are still smitten -- three months and one new American president later -- by the shoe thrower, Muntader al-Zaidi.

Ooooh. Be still our hearts. Let's all blast some Rod.

Somebody somewhere
In the heat of the night
Looking pretty dangerous
Running out of patience
Tonight in the city
You won't find any pity
Hearts are being twisted
Another lover cheated.
In the bars and the cafes
In the streets and the alleys
A lot of pretending
Everybody's searching.
Once in love, you're never out of danger
One hot night spent with a stranger
All you wanted
Was somebody to hold on to.
New York, Moscow
Hong Kong, Toyko
Paris and Bangkok
Lot of people ain't got
Hear it on the radio
Read it in the paper
-- "Passion" written by Rod Stewart, Phil Chen, Kevin Savigar, Jim Cregan and Gary Grainger

Sing it again, Rod. Read in the New York Times. Tomorrow Rubin and Mohammed explore "Do Ya' Think I'm Sexy?" while Marc Santora ponders whether or not "Some Guys Have All The Luck"?

Today you have to settle for "Iraqi girls call" Muntader "by his first name" and a young female medical student who swoons, "I love Zaidi" -- apparently all "Iraqi girls" don't call him by his first name -- "I saw him in my dreams twice, the last one was after the trial, he was released and I went to congratulate him and shake his hand. I was so excited in that sweet dream. I wish to have that dream again."

Maybe the Times was trying to prove CNN wrong? Ed Hornick (CNN) pushes a theory that all stories have been told about Iraq. It takes a lot of stupid and a tiny knowledge of journalism to make such a ridiculous claim. Fortunately, Ed can almost work a Rolodex and he has Voice Recognizer on his cell. This enables him to assemble his fact-free garbage. Well done, Ed. Soon you'll be able to open your own Fruit Roll Ups!

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