Ted Rall joins the plastic turkey tribe some seventeen months after the lie was first published, and nearly a year after the New York Times ran a correction:

The Thanksgiving turkey Bush presented to the troops turned out to be plastic, as much of a staged photo op as the gloriously iconic and phony toppling of Saddam’s statue in Baghdad by jubilant Iraqi civilians ...

Rall is a polystyrene stoat currently occupying New Jersey landfill.

UPDATE. If it’s ABC policy to remove errors of fact from online transcripts, what’s the deal with this?

The company was responsible for providing thanksgiving dinner to none other than US President George Bush when he made a surprise visit to Baghdad last year, appearing in front of the cameras offering US troops that plastic turkey on a tray.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/18/2005 at 12:39 PM
  1. Don’t these people have editors?

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 05 18 at 01:54 PM • permalink

  2. Plastic turkey, keep on flyin’,
    Uncle Chomsky’s band won’t you keep on lyin’ to meeeee,
    Plastic turkey, keep on gobblin’,
    Old Stalinist handbills keep inspirin’ us,
    Plastic turkey, keep on target,
    Use your feelings, Luke, we don’t need no effin prooooof!

    Posted by ForNow on 2005 05 18 at 02:15 PM • permalink

  3. Don’t these people have editors?

    Certainly. However, those “editors” are as ignorant, biased, and malevolant as those making the lie.

    Posted by Rob Crawford on 2005 05 18 at 03:09 PM • permalink

  4. Cheap shot, your worship. Jersey has some of the finest dumps around, and they don’t take just anybody. If Jimmy Hoffa couldn’t make it here then Rall’s still standing at the velvet rope. Sheesh.

    Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2005 05 18 at 03:19 PM • permalink

  5. Why is it everytime leftists accuse someone of lying, they themselves end up telling lies?

    Galloway, yesterday: Senator, in everything I said I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong, and 100,000 people have lost their lives.

    Posted by TimShell on 2005 05 18 at 03:32 PM • permalink

  6. Aging: Who could you get to edit Rall that isn’t as bad as he is?

    I mean, Jesus, look at his writing. He should stick to his real talent, drawing.

    I mean, at least with his “comics” you can tell that those blobs with eyes and arms are supposed to be some sort of human-ish thing.

    Posted by Sigivald on 2005 05 18 at 03:59 PM • permalink

  7. It’s the plastic use of plastic turkey.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2005 05 18 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  8. Ted’s just mad that his French citizenship didn’t nab him any oil certificates. I mean Saddam, baby! Who loves ya?

    Posted by Rob C. on 2005 05 18 at 05:31 PM • permalink

  9. Did you guys know Rall has a monthly cartoon page in Mad Magazine?  I swear. 

    Talk about jumping the shark.

    Posted by Ken Begg on 2005 05 18 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  10. Mad Magazine? Prosyletizing the young. Mad Magazine has long been big among the young in the USA. I read it religiously when I was a kid. Ted Rall, with a direct channel to America’s young. What a revolting development.

    Posted by ForNow on 2005 05 18 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  11. Ted is one of those leftists trying to stay in the headlines. Take it for what it’s worth.

    Posted by bc on 2005 05 18 at 06:58 PM • permalink

  12. What’s “phony toppling”? Was it all computer-generated graphics?

    I thought I saw Yoda in there somewhere.

    Posted by Crispytoast on 2005 05 18 at 07:56 PM • permalink

  13. So it was Yoda who chopped that statue off its pedestal? Those lightsabers are more useful than I thought…

    Posted by PW on 2005 05 18 at 08:16 PM • permalink

  14. "Black and White and Full of Crap”?

    Isn’t that basically what Rall’s comics are?

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2005 05 18 at 08:36 PM • permalink


    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 05 18 at 08:51 PM • permalink

  16. Aw come on, sing along with the ghost of Ethel Merman, or whoever the hell it was—“Ya gotta believe, ya gotta belieeeeeve!”

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 05 18 at 09:57 PM • permalink

  17. zeppenwolf’s Media Watch:

    Actually, in that earlier TB post mentioned above, ( “nearly a year after the New York Times ran a correction:" ) the NYT correction which is pointed to, (in “...the New York Times has published a fake turkey correction:") goes only to a current corrections page.  In other words, corrections for yesterday-- it’s not a permanent link to the turkey stuff.

    We should have that permalink handy, no?  I tried, but I wasn’t clever enough to find it from their search engine… Maybe it was a plastic turkey?  :)

    Posted by zeppenwolf on 2005 05 18 at 10:02 PM • permalink

  18. Zep: “Maybe it was a plastic turkey?  :)”

    Actually, it was a plastic stoat Photoshopped to LOOK like a turkey. ;D

    Posted by mamapajamas on 2005 05 18 at 10:31 PM • permalink

  19. Speaking of turkeys, did anyone see SBS TV last night with Mr Trad on Dateline.  Apparently the good mufti is trying to work out how he is to sneak out of Iraq with the hostages so as not to be caught out by the Americans - who are no doubt planning a Sgrena incident to keep people quiet.

    Errm, or something like that.

    Strangely George Negus was quite content to go along with it all without questioning anything. Amazing.

    Posted by lemmy on 2005 05 18 at 10:55 PM • permalink

  20. How many members are there now, of the Plastic Turkey Tribe? Has anyone compiled a list?


    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2005 05 18 at 11:29 PM • permalink

  21. off topic

    Look out for the new meme in aussie opinon writers this week.

    Darth W ChimpyVader.

    George Lucas said something in France last week about the allegory to erosion of democracy under Bush.

    So our Lefties will probably pick up on it over the weekend.

    Having just watched the movie the Sith display clearly the deception by means of moral relativism and subte nuance of the left more than anything else.

    Posted by knuckleheadwatch on 2005 05 18 at 11:38 PM • permalink

  22. If a gerbil fits Richard Gere, would a stoat be suitable for Phillip Adams? Perhaps a badger would be best.

    Posted by Phranger on 2005 05 18 at 11:45 PM • permalink

  23. Blue whale, Phrang, a Blue Whale…


    Posted by MarkL on 2005 05 19 at 12:05 AM • permalink

  24. To quote the Doobie Brothers…

    But what a fool belieeeeves he sees
    No wise man has the power to reason away
    What seems to be
    Is always better than nothing
    There’s nothing at all
    But what a fool belieeeeeeeves he sees…

    Posted by Cybrludite on 2005 05 19 at 03:03 AM • permalink

  25. I’m sick of this lie.  Everyone knows George is a REAL turkey.

    Posted by WomBatHed on 2005 05 19 at 03:23 AM • permalink

  26. Plastic Turkeys and Deputy Sherrifs - Look its simple ABC Stop it, MSM Stop it, Media Watch Highlight it

    Media watch what part of this constant unprofessional story cant you get your head around. Its a deluge!!! You continue to ignore both of these Main Stream Media Missinformation Campaigns (MSMMC). Surely a WHOLE episode could be devoted to this. Tell us why you are ignoring this? Do we need a thousand lies to get on? Is it ten thousand? How many do we need?


    a forlorn taxpayer

    Posted by Astonished on 2005 05 19 at 05:54 AM • permalink

  27. #12, #13 & #21: How could Lucas turn on his mates like this? After getting the Special FX contract at the Baghdad Invasion!

    Posted by Sensible Swim on 2005 05 19 at 09:24 PM • permalink

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