Kathryn Jean Lopez publishes this email (at NRO, many writers prefer to let their readers do any and all work for them):
It comes as a surprise to us in Delaware that Joe Biden recently had a meal and talked with patrons at “Katie’s Restaurant” on Union Street in Wilmington.Yeah, it would be hard for me to imagine Dipshit and Moron say something anywhere near the level of stupid as...wait a minute, something doesn't seem right.
Katie’s Restaurant closed years ago. It was on Scott Street in Little Italy, not on Union Street. To the best of my recollection, it closed in 1990 or thereabouts.
Now tell me, who is it that “doesn’t get it” and “is out of touch?”
Can you imagine if McCain or Palin had said something equally stupid?
A quick check on a transcript (via the New York Times) shows Biden said this:
BIDEN: Can I respond? Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie's Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time and you ask anybody in there whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years. [emphasis mine] And then ask them whether there's a single major initiative that John McCain differs with the president on. On taxes, on Iraq, on Afghanistan, on the whole question of how to help education, on the dealing with health care.Typical blue collar and/or middle class pandering that we see from all candidates (except McCain, who comes from a long line of high ranking military officers). "Why, my grand-pappy was a coal miner, and my daddy worked in the steel mills until they closed down and he died of being too working class." Anyway, that's what he said.
Look, the people in my neighborhood, they get it. They get it. They know they've been getting the short end of the stick. So walk with me in my neighborhood, go back to my old neighborhood in Claymont, an old steel town or go up to Scranton with me. These people know the middle class has gotten the short end. The wealthy have done very well. Corporate America has been rewarded. It's time we change it. Barack Obama will change it.
How do the folks at The Corner respond to being caught in an obvious (but not uncommon) moment of humiliation and incorrectness? Blame a media conspiracy, as Jonah Goldberg passive-aggressively suggests by publishing (yet another) reader email:
K-Lo posted a link to a DE site on the Katie’s restaurant thing. An eagle-eyed commentator there pointed out that CNN has changed the debate transcript to read: “Can I respond? Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington OR go to Katie's Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time…” (Emphasis mine obviously). The commentator believes that it was AND. There is a big difference, regardless of the fact that the joint has been closed for over a decade.Is there no depths that the evil mainstream media will not sink to? Because it's obvious that the liberal media must be changing the transcript, not that some podunk mouth-breather mis-read or mis-heard something.
Can they do that? I mean, I thought journalists were members of the 4th Estate and had a sacred public duty to be objective and all that.