Time magazine on Monday featured a new Facebook group wanting to plug the BP oil spill with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
"Disasters require out-of-the-box thinking, after all," began Time's Kayla Webley.
She continued, "In a week's time, more than 100,000 people have given a virtual thumbs up to a Facebook group that suggests the Gulf oil leak ought to be plugged with none other than former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin" (more of this piece follows with commentary, h/t Twitter's @Stacy_Drake):
The pro Palin-plug argument: "We have been presented with the opportunity to not only plug the worst oil spill in U.S. history, but also the opportunity to finally find a purpose for Sarah Palin, the erstwhile former vice-presidential candidate and current $100,000-a-gig convention speaker."
In fairness, NewsBusters saw the humor in Fox News's Bill O'Reilly saying two weeks ago the spill should be fixed by stuffing "every member of NBC News in that hole."
Is this different, or are we throwing stones in glass houses if we don't see both statements as either funny or inappropriate?
In O'Reilly's case, he's been attacking General Electric and NBC for years. So, his comment was just a potentially humorous extension of his previously aired concerns about the political biases of those companies.
By contrast, Time has been bashing the former Alaska governor since she was first announced as John McCain's running-mate in August 2008.
This article is just an extension of that magazine's Palin Derangement Syndrome. Consider the picture that accompanied the piece:
Not very flattering, is it?
Makes you think Webley, despite calling this a "harebrained scheme," isn't very fond of the former governor.
Something else to consider is whether or not Webley spent any time at the group's Facebook page. For instance, here are some pictures available there:
That's some classy stuff Webley and Time magazine sent readers to, dontcha think?