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BREAKING: POLITICO SCOOP: ‘Politico’ Makes Hilarious Error

by Jim Newell

Oh dear, this poor POLITICO reporter was just trying to bring home the Hot Afternoon Scooplet to please her psychotic editors yesterday and — oops! — ended up making the funniest POLITICO error since that time they impregnated a Jonas brother over WHCD weekend. Everyone’s making fun of you right now, reporter Donovan Slack, and we’re going to have to do it too, but everyone screws up this badly sometimes. Well perhaps not this badly. The point is, take the rest of the day off and treat yourself to a few bottles of red wine. And then maybe spend a little time on Wikipedia looking up state flags?

Here’s the cached version of the POLITICO article that was deleted shortly after it went online:

Yes, ye ol’ Wisconsin 1848 Local flag was ripping in the wind yesterday. And yet: Doesn’t that Union Flag sort of look exactly like the Wisconsin state flag at the top of the post, because it is the Wisconsin state flag and not a made-up union’s flag?

Who could’ve known?

[via Jason Linkins/HuffPo]

 
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Barb February 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

My interest in this story is at half mast.

flamingpdog February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Definitely a hard story to fap to.

widestanceromance February 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Time to re-dose?

flamingpdog February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

♪ Yawn, Wisconsin! Yawn, Wisconsin! ♪

Maman February 16, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Ok. Can we stop celebrating stupidity now? PLEASE!!!!

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

American excepshunalizm lible.

GOPCrusher February 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

We're not laughing at you, we're laughing with you. No. We're laughing at you.

iburl February 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I told you sochalizm!!! See, thar takin over our FLAGS now!!! NOBAMAAAAH!!!

SorosBot February 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

That's an easy mistake to make; like thinking I'm the Bot model 1976.

PuckStopsHere February 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

Goddamned liberal media.

paris biltong February 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

The aptly named Mr. Slack is apparently a dues-paying member of Hacks and Jornos Local 1848 AFL-CIO.

SwanSwanH February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Better than a Schutzstaffel flag, I suppose.

Lascauxcaveman February 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Or this.

weej_bain February 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Is that Marie in her tumbrel?

freakishlywrong February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

It's also very clear whose side Politico is on. And not just in Wisco. Journalismz is so 2000.

40 or 50 % McShineys February 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

YOU UNION SUPPORTER, POSTING FOR THE JOURNALISMZ LOCAL 2000!!!1

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

National Writers Union Local 1981, a subsidiary of United Auto Workers. No shit. But still no health insurance for the poor wordsmiths. That's why I quit.

OneDollarJuana February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I'm guessing he mistook it for a labor union flag because it has, like, actual tools on it. Everyone knows that 'Murica doesn't do actual work with actual tools anymore, 'cept maybe spatulas at McDonald's.

Negropolis February 17, 2012 at 1:23 am

Industrial Midwest/Great Lakes Rustbelt Libel!

kissawookiee February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

The guy on the left side of the flag is clearly holding a pink dildo. Forward, indeed!

OneDollarJuana February 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Onward and Inward!

L188188 February 17, 2012 at 11:17 am

That's what we do here in Wisconsin. It's all white-tail deer, walleyes, Packers and dildos.

DrunkIrishman February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Derpa derp…

Lionel[redacted]Esq February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Well, according to all the right wing web sites and talk radio, Wisconsin is just one giant union that forces women to have abortions. At least until Scott Walker came along and save them all.

GOPCrusher February 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

USA! USA! USA!

Biel_ze_Bubba February 16, 2012 at 11:33 pm

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…"

Oh, sorry Rick. Never mind.

johnnyzhivago February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Flag Libel!!!! Obama always uses two flags – the hammer and sickel and of course the Nazi Blutfahne.

Negligently_Joe February 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Don't forget the the official flag of the Socialist State of Ohio Obama.

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

And that Muslim thing with the star hanging over the crescent moon, which some days he even has projected onto the night sky.

Biel_ze_Bubba February 16, 2012 at 11:35 pm

On the reverse, which nobody ever sees, is the flag of Kenya. It's even got fucking spears on it!

chascates February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

And it should read Eat Cheese or DIE!

bagofmice February 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

So, is that cheese-banging as opposed to headbanging?

mull_man February 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Official Wisconsin motto: Come smell our dairy air.

PuckStopsHere February 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Or: "Don't Spread on Me!" (Only works for Cheese Whiz).

BlackRhino February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Donovan,

Are you in a vodka haze at the moment?

HarryButtle February 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Cheesehead libel!

You know, I'd expect it from some slack-jawed rube, but aren't journalists supposed to be somewhat educated?

MissTaken February 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Or at least know how to Google "derp, wut duz Wisskonnsinn phlagg looks liek? derp"

RedneckMuslin February 16, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Did you miss the parts where it said he was a POLITICO reporter?

rocktonsam February 16, 2012 at 7:16 pm

$arah is a jernolist major

OkieDokieDog February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

OMG quick Scott Walker, I'm begging you, burn those union flags!!!11!

johnnyzhivago February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Where are the Saul Alinski banners???

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

And the statue of Emma Goldman pointing to the abortion booth?

ifthethunderdontgetya February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Wait a minute, DRUDGE 2.0 printed put up something WRONG?

On the internet?

OMG! Now we have only the Onion left. (And Wonkette, of course.)
~

Andrew Drinker February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

And as we've seen recently, some members of Congress actually think The Onion is real.

Lionel[redacted]Esq February 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Come to think of it, is Politico sure that is the Untied States Flag and not the Kenyan Flag on the left? Heck, with the red and the stars, it might be a old commie flag. Unless it is being flown off a hoverround, I don't see how we can be sure it is a real flag at all.

Local_Mojo February 16, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hmm, stuff like that and people may begin to question their accuracy on other subjects.

Designer_Rants February 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

HAVE TO TYPE THIS BEFORE BRAIN EXPLODEZ: If news has agenda and it's not liberal, WHAT IS IT THEN????

Wilcoxyz February 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Wait, isn't the other flag the same one the Union used in the Civil War. I think that says a lot.

AutomaticPilot February 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Ahem, I think you're referring to The War of Northern Aggression.

el_donaldo February 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm

And it's not like Wisconsin tried to make it easier for out-of-staters to recognize their state flag by adding the friggin name of the state to it. Sheesh.

MissTaken February 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

See! When you give States rights they immediately unionize!

WhatTheHolyHeck February 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

FoxNews: Wisconsin State Flag (D-WI) found in motel room with Kenyan Flag and briefcase filled with cocaine

WhatTheHolyHeck February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Update 14:58: Kenyan Flag discovered to be welfare queen.

An_Outhouse February 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

cocaine and CONTRACEPTIVES!

meatlofer February 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Since the Packers went down, Wisconsin is closed.

el_donaldo February 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Andrew Drinker February 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I raise the O flag after making my O face!

jus_wonderin February 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Lordy, there are some morans in this country. Yeah, the first thing I do is scrutinize the room every time the Pres talks to see how he is socializing our America. I always think of Mr. Obama as a dictator. And he has green aliens up his cuffs.

el_donaldo February 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I've got to give the wingers some credit. I thought they'd all just be looking for a crescent flag because he's a secret Mooslim. Apparently their brains can sustain multiple paranoid conspiracies simultaneously.

40 or 50 % McShineys February 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This reminds me of that famous quote 'When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.'

That, of course, would be an OHIO FLAG and a CROSS-TRAINING SNEAKER!!

WAKE UP SHEEPLE!!

LagunaB February 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Sinclair Lewis.

banana_bread February 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

That article just made my head explode.

An_Outhouse February 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm

The cool thing is, now that they're sensitized to it, Obama really can replace the stars on the American Flag with a big O and the wingers will too afraid of being outed as morans to say anything about it. That Kenyan Socialist sure can play the eleven dimensional chess!

IceCreamEmpress February 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Wait, you mean the other stuff in "Politico" is there on purpose?

MozakiBlocks February 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Stupid is as stupid does.

imissopus February 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Anyone remember in the '08 campaign when Obama held some event, and there was a flag with a big "O" on it on the stage next to the American flag, and some wingnuts went off over the arrogance of this guy, having flags like that made and giving them such prominence, and he hadn't even yet won the election. The bastard!

Needless to say, the campaign event was in Ohio, and the flag was the Ohio state flag.

I really need to stay off the internet.

GOPCrusher February 16, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Hell, shortly after the election, Pepsi made the decision to change their logo. The wingnut heads exploded over the fact that it kind of looked like the Obama campaign symbol.

Redhead February 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

You may need to stay off, but other people definitely need to use that nifty google feature more.

e_z February 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Run it up the pole and see who sucks it, oh wait, Politico sucks it.

widestanceromance February 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Oh, yeah, Mr. Snarkypants Wonkette writer, if that's Wisconsin, where are the palms? [stretches back smugly and rolls tongue]

flamingpdog February 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm

The palms are Scott Wanker's, and they're held out facing up in front of the Koch brothers.

widestanceromance February 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I would have guessed the palms would be gripping their buttocks from the front, steadying himself for the explosion about to hit the back of his throat.

IceCreamEmpress February 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

At this point, they should change that font to Comic Sans.

Generation[redacted] February 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

And play hamsterdance every time you click on a story.

elviouslyqueer February 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

So much attention on the flag, and no love for the teleprompter? Fail, Politico, FAIL!

flamingpdog February 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I think that's an old, out-of-date version of the Wisconsin state flag at the top of the page here. I'm pretty sure after Scott Wanker got elected he issued an executive order changing the banner above the badger to say "backward".

Generation[redacted] February 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

And the tools were replaced by leveraged CDS certificates, with liens attached.

bagofmice February 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

I used to be fertile, but then I took an aspirin to the knee.
http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entries/san

MissTaken February 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Then shouldn't boys also stick an aspirin up their urethra? Don't want to violate their 1st Amendment right to stupidity.

SorosBot February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

If women need to have a camera stuck up into their vagina to get an abortion, then sexually active men should need one stuck up their penis too.

Negligently_Joe February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

DOVAHKIIN LIBEL!

bagofmice February 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm
widestanceromance February 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I've been thinking about this "method", since it was a joke in my family when I was growing up (humor knew no bounds in my mom's house), and I thought, some clown is bound to say this for reals.

Actually, inserting the bottle itself in the man's D-hole would be far more effective.

Sassomatic February 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Wait, there's two dudes on that flag, and they aren't shooting each other. Teh gheys are taking over!!! Oh, wait, there's a beaver on there. Never mind.

prommie February 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I saw Wisconsin's Beaver!

Lascauxcaveman February 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Beaver? Badger? Marmot? Corgi?

L188188 February 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

That's a badger. And there are hardly any here at all. Saw one in my lifetime. Named after the old lead miners who burrowed into the hillsides.

slowhansolo February 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Ignorantly leaping to unfounded conclusions driven by a powerful urge to condemn all things Obama is just how journalism is done these days.

lulzmonger February 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

… & ironically, both sides do it.

FAIR & BALANCED!

YouBetcha February 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Facts are subjective, Katie.

coolhandnuke February 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I thought this flag was the motto from the Bush Ltd. regime:

W is con sin

DaRooster February 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I guess they haven't heard there are no unions in Wisconsin…

MissTaken February 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Can we talk more about the hotties on the United Brotherhood of Wisconsin Local 1848 flag? Hello pick-ax man!!

An_Outhouse February 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hello pink dildo man.

weej_bain February 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

The Politihoze – insight to the edjumacated Teatard's daily Drudgery.

mrpuma2u February 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Everyone knows that Unions in WI are given designations by types of cheese, NOT numbers. What a dumbass. I was a member of the he-man 12oz curlin' machinists local linberger.

MissTaken February 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm

That stinks.

mavenmaven February 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

The only flags that will be tolerated nowadays as Merkan are "don't tread on me" teabagger flags waved by grown men in tights.

alzronnie February 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

God hates flags.

Poindexter718 February 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Local 1848 of the International Brotherhood of Teatard Costume Designers.

Dashboard Buddha February 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I'm old enough to remember when a journalist was a respected member of society that one could count on to be at least a little bit smarter than you were.

HateMachine February 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

You are either the oldest person in the world or a mad scientist has tampered with your memories.

Dashboard Buddha February 16, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Not at all. I bet some of my fellow olds here feel the same way. Oh no…mass memory wipe?!

spinozasgod February 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Edward R. Murrow…anyone?

GOPCrusher February 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Walter Cronkite would have been pulled from the air before the end of the commercial break for saying the Vietnam War was unwinnable.

Callyson February 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Mission Accomplished.

Chichikovovich February 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm

1848? Oh, sure, that's the Wisconsin flag. Uh-huh, that's believable. Well I've got a surprise for you: That's what they want you to think. And the post just conveniently disappeared from Politico? As if – I don't know – somebody got to them? Wake up sheeple! It's obvious what Obama and his union henchmen were getting at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848

SpiderCrab February 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Don't let this get around…but I heard that reporter Donovan Slack is the namesake of Ray Donovan, Ronald Reagan's secretary of labor. Or maybe I just made this up. Who's to say?

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Don't beat around the bush. Just say it straight out, "Donovan Slack is the namesake of Ray Donovan, Reagan's secretary of labor." But put a question mark after it to save you from teh lible.

smokefilledroommate February 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm

They won the morning, afternoon and evening with that one.

WiscDad February 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Bwaahahaha….BWAAAHAHAHA…that's the biased media for ya

sezme February 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Go, unionized badgers!

Limeylizzie February 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm

OT this is unbelievable. Andrea Mitchell nearly did a spit take.
http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/santoru

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

And for his next trick, he'll suggest women go home and have babbies to free up jerbs for the menfolk who really need them.

GOPCrusher February 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm

But she gave him a pass for saying that there are jihadist camps in Latin America?

spends2much February 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Yeah, Repubs have dibs on Local 1848, since that's the year they'd like the country to revert to- gets the wimmins and coloreds out of your hair lickety split!

40 or 50 % McShineys February 16, 2012 at 3:22 pm

It is very clear that Politico is campaigning for Santorum.

Please note the story in which they go off half-cocked. Clearly any mention of diminutive penises is showing unabashed support for Rick Santorum.

chascates February 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Wisconsin is a right to blurt state.

BarackMyWorld February 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm
emmelemm February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Ha! I never watch SNL but that was pretty cute.

rickmaci February 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Jeez. Every fool knows the Wisconsin state flag is the Honey Badger Flag.

SudsMcKenzie February 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm

This is worse than 9/11.

Jukesgrrl February 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Donovan Slack's latest Tweet, "Michelle Obama's upbeat images counteract husband's political struggles." Some really insightful analysis there. One of her Tweet buddies is Jake Tapper, also, too.

horsedreamer_1 February 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Donovan is a… Gal? Or, maybe, just an hurdy gurdy man? (By which I mean, tranny.)

ChrisM2011 February 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Well or COURSE that's not a union flag. It's hard at work. A union flag would still be on break for 5 more hours, amiright??

CommieLibunatic February 16, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Brain-dead fuckasses. Brain-dead fuckasses everywhere.

owhatever February 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm

And the flag with all those stripes and stars looks a little suspicious, too.

XOhioan February 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Other state flags with hidden agendas:

Indiana: The Olympics http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/in_flag

Arizona: Red Chinese commies http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/az_flag

Maryland: NASCAR http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/md_flag

WiscDad February 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Well..it's not a state flag but it has a marijuana leaf and a cookie…

Ohio State Univ: Drug use http://www.statestreetproducts.com/scart/public/s

Antispandex February 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I'm told that the original Bear Flag Republic flag had naked peoples on it, but they cleaned it up…and realized it should have been Bare Flag Republic anyway. Those crazy Californianites!

Tundra Grifter February 16, 2012 at 4:45 pm

This reminds me of '08, when the Cincinnati Idiot Bil Cunningham accused Mr. Obama of flying a special flag made just for him.

Turned out to be the Ohio state flag – Cincinnati, of course, being north of Kentucky and therefore located in the state of Ohio.

spinozasgod February 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

slack is a hack….too easy

whatupirondog February 16, 2012 at 5:35 pm

The continent of Wisconsin was an island
Which lay before the great flood
In the area we now call Flyover Country.
So great an area of land, that from her midwestern shores
Those beautiful liberals journeyed to the South
And the North Americas with ease
In their unions with ugly flags.
To the east, Sarah Palin was a neighbor,
Across a short strait of lake miles….

My anti-union baby, oh yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah,

Beowoof February 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I see the right wing media is incompetent. Watch 3 minutes of Fox and you would realize that straight away.

Rotundo_ February 16, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Even by right wing hack standards this is pretty sad. High school newspapers have better fact checking and more intelligent commentary than this schmuck. He should be in congress instead of this gig. Too dumb for journamalism, but a perfect fit for say, Oklahoma, North Dakota, somewhere isolated where they never heard of Politico.

horsedreamer_1 February 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Guess we know at least one Politico staffer who cowers at the sight of the rare Newspaper Guild member on staff.

rocktonsam February 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

that flag doesn't have any laid off state workers on it!

FLAG LIBEL

hardrockmaple February 16, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Could this possibly be the same Donovan Slack who refused to stand with her union colleagues at the Boston Globe, whining that any planned job action might threaten her ability to pay her mortgage on the over-priced condo she purchased with a seven year, interest only Countryside loan? The same Donovan Slack who made her whine pathetically public in an August 23 2009 piece in the Boston Sunday Globe Magazine called “My Personal Mortgage Crisis”, wherein she complained at embarrassing lengths not about her judgment in taking out what she called a “sketchy” loan to buy a property that began to decline in value before she put her key in the front lock but about President Obama and The Making Home Affordable Program’s failure to speedily bail her out of her mess? THAT Donovan Slack? Couldn’t be.

MilwaukeeKent February 16, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I just want to say — and I don't want to mention my employer — but as a proud member of Wisconsin Local 1848 we truly make the best one-gear transmissions on the market.

PrimlyStable February 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

I can't wait until Barry speaks in South Carolina and Politico reports on the banner for the local Islamic group fluttering away behind him.

Negropolis February 17, 2012 at 1:35 am

New at 11: Sharia Strikes South Carolina!

Negropolis February 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

What makes this funnier and all the more sweet is that it was supposed to be a 'gotcha' article. lol

The Politico: Sucking Pachyderm Dick Since 2007.

ttommyunger February 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

Needz moar dumbness.

Allmighty_Manos February 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

How stupid.

Joe Lunchpail, Business Manager Michigan Local 1837

ZHollows February 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

Apparently Masterlock is still using our old Wisconsin state flag. They should have been flying the new state flag adopted in 2011:
http://uppitywis.org/blogarticle/welcome-fitzwalk

Dumbedup February 17, 2012 at 10:01 am

yeah, well you pay "journalists" $9 an hour and it's no wonder they are stoopid. The talented students all took jobs with mexican drug cartels and Goldman Sachs.

HistoriCat February 18, 2012 at 11:07 am

So if I'm looking for a job then the Mexican cartels are hiring? I couldn't go to Goldman Sachs – I have moral standards.

terriblyfamous February 17, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hey, Politico reporter! Friendly PSA here. Union flags usually have more information on them than their local number. For instance, they will generally tell you what union they are affiliated with. "Pipefitters local 597" is an example. Every flag that has a number on it is not a union flag. Future reference and all. Thanks for the laffs.

Troglodeity February 17, 2012 at 12:54 pm

That has got to be the shit-ass ugliest, worst-designed flag I have ever seen.

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