Friday, May 22, 2009

Our Satire... Or Our Crystal Ball?

Over the last year, we've written a lot of articles tagged 'satire', stating that the intention of the article was a semi-humorous variation of the actual day's news events. However, in looking at the news lately, I have a bad feeling that some of the 'satire' that we've been bandying about is actually just a precursor to real events-- just a few months later.


Take a look at this:

Our article, January 27, 2009:

Obama Press Corps to Open Own News Source


Starting by summer of 2009, the Obama Administration plans to open the "Executive Press Office." Working like the Associated Press, it would take together different journalists and would distribute independent articles and interviews. "This is really about the media in the twenty first century." an assistant to Gibbs told AFP. "With all of the distortions and mischaracterizations, the President cannot afford to be distracted while he is working on his agenda to help America."

And some news that has come out on May 20th:

Do You Want Your OTV?

Read the TV pool report: "Your Pool was not allowed to go over and shoot POTUS with the team shooting hoops. We protested loudly." Now we know why: Obama White House officials decided to do their own media report on the visit, complete with cuts, interviews, and chyrons identifying who's speaking. Also, just like a network, they have their own little logo! ... Is the goal to ultimately replace the pesky photographers who film what they want to and not what they're told to (not to mention the annoying reporters who ask uncomfortable questions about, say, detainee policy and bank bailouts)?
Weird, huh?

What about this? We wrote an article on January 26, 2009 about Obama forming a program called the "America Scouts" who would serve as a precursor to the military:

Obama to Launch "America Scouts"

"Patriot" scouts for those between 8-12 and "Constitution" scouts for those up to 18. It is yet unknown if these "Constitution Scouts" would then move up to President Obama's planned civilian reserve force.

And this news came out on May 13th:

Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

One participant, Felix Arce, 16, said he liked “the discipline of the program,” which was something he said his life was lacking. “I want to be a lawyer, and this teaches you about how crimes are committed,” he said.

Cathy Noriega, also 16, said she was attracted by the guns. The group uses compressed-air guns — known as airsoft guns, which fire tiny plastic pellets — in the training exercises, and sometimes they shoot real guns on a closed range.

“I like shooting them,” Cathy said. “I like the sound they make. It gets me excited.

And of course the picture:

Yeah... it's that creepy.

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1 comment:

innominatus said...

It seems President Obeyme is reading your site and stealing your ideas.
Time to give him some disinformation...