Reader Tony M. asked Arkansas Times editor Max Brantley to explain columnist Earnest Dumas’ fake turkey gullibility. Here’s Brantley’s comical reply:

The turkey was a prop for display purposes. The bird he lugged around was not served to troops. It was a photo opp. Stagecraft. For precision, he probably should have said the president faked serving turkey by carrying around a decorative bird that the troops didn’t eat. But thanks for your help.

No; thanks for your help, Mr. B. Now everybody with developmentally-impaired children may realistically hope that one day they might edit a weekly newspaper. Check it out, Brantley: Bush serving real turkey to real troops! Lug that around.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/04/2005 at 10:24 PM
  1. And here’s his reply to me, FWIW:

    “I don�t think we said it was plastic.

    -----Original Message-----
    From: [mailto:Ushbeti@aol.com]
    Sent: Sunday, January 02, 2005 1:27 PM
    Subject: Re: Ernest Dumas’ stupid mistake

    In a message dated 1/2/05 1:31:22 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, writes:

    The turkey was a display bird not intended for serving. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A33090-2003Dec3?language=printer

    And also NOT plastic.”

    Posted by ushie on 2005 01 05 at 12:10 AM • permalink

  2. The mind which finds something sinister, or even less than laudable. in Bush comically brandishing a display turkey is a mind from which it is best to back away, slowly.

    Posted by bovious on 2005 01 05 at 01:40 AM • permalink

  3. ’Lugged around...carrying around’?  Is this idiot still running with the idea that Bush brought the turkey with him on Air Force 1?  (If he had done that it would almost have to have been plastic - I can’t see a real turkey standing up to the journey and being carried around, and in any case why bother?)

    Posted by Milhouse on 2005 01 05 at 03:48 AM • permalink

  4. What i found more amusing was his email to me linking it to Bush’s appearance obsession, as demonstrated by the fact that his flight-suit crotch was specifically augmented. Right. 

    Posted by Tim A on 2005 01 05 at 07:57 AM • permalink

  5. Jebus Cripes, a thousand years from now, they will telling children the fairy tale about the Baby-Eating Ogrebush who tried to make his knights eat a plastic frickin’ turkey!

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 01 05 at 08:34 AM • permalink

  6. Has anyone who was actually there made the charge that the turkey was fake?  Has anyone who was actually there made the charge that it was brought to Bagdad on Air Force One?

    Even Goebbels at least claimed to have eye-witnesses for his lies - who is the alleged on-scene witness for the “fake” turkey?

    Posted by Siergen on 2005 01 05 at 03:17 PM • permalink

  7. It doesn’t matter, Siergen.  The new narrative is that journalists can make up whatever they want.  I mean, sure, the facts are that Bush served real turkey to the troops, and Bush held up a real turkey that was for display, but, you know, it doesn’t matter because… PLASTIC TURKEY THANKS FOR WRITING!

    Posted by Sortelli on 2005 01 05 at 05:46 PM • permalink

  8. Can I make a suggestion ? Next year, just give the troops a bloody barbecue !!

    (and get Mr Bush to hold up a snag and bite half of it off, just to prove it isn’t plastic)

    Posted by Rachel Corrie's Flatmate on 2005 01 05 at 06:07 PM • permalink

  9. The Turkey story is fake but not accurate.

    Posted by Rich on 2005 01 05 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  10. Earnest Dumbass


    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 01 06 at 08:24 AM • permalink

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