Seriously, This Is What Our Elite Journalistic Institutions Are Writing About


Oh hey look, a couple of NPR satirists have written a new book (pictured) of illustrations and poetry called Dog on the Roof!: On the Road with Mitt and the Mutt. From the WashPost write-up:

The book follows the Romney family, packed in a Chevy station wagon, on an imaginary cross-country trip. At each stop, Mitt Romney waxes eloquent about the scenery, while Seamus bemoans his precarious position.

A sample from the book: In New York, Mitt enthuses, "Wall Street's a temple,/our nation's salvation./ And we are among/its elite congregation," while Seamus frets: "As long as you're talking/ 'bout wheeling and dealing,/a bailout is needed/ on top of this ceiling!"

Let's see how other respected media outlets are treating the pressing national issue of how a 2012 presidential candidate reportedly treated his dog in 1983 (according to a 2007 article in the Boston Globe):

* U.S. News & World Report: "Why We Care About Mitt Romney's Dog and Bullying."

* The Atlantic: "Romney Treated His Dog the Same Way He Looks and Talks: 1960s-Style." (With the great B.S. subhed "Public fascination with the saga of Seamus Romney reflects a massive transformation in how Americans view their pets.")

* The Financial Times: "Animal cruelty, or Mutts for Mitt?"

And as many others have pointed out, bafflingly regular New York Times columnist Gail Collins has written about Seamus at least a dozen times.

Seriously, historians are going to look back at the coverage of the 2012 election, with its backdrop of totally predictable debtpocalypse and entitlementgeddon, and instead of responsible journalism they're going to find this shit.