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BREAKING: POLITICO SCOOP: ‘Politico’ Makes Hilarious Error

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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    1. paris biltong

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

  1. freakishlywrong

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

      1. Jukesgrrl

        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.

  2. OneDollarJuana

    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.

  3. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    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.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

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

      Oh, sorry Rick. Never mind.

  4. HarryButtle

    Cheesehead libel!

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

  5. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    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.

  6. el_donaldo

    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.

  7. WhatTheHolyHeck

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

    1. jus_wonderin

      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.

    2. el_donaldo

      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.

    3. 40 or 50 % McShineys

      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!!


    4. An_Outhouse

      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!

  8. imissopus

    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.

    1. GOPCrusher

      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.

  9. widestanceromance

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

      1. widestanceromance

        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.

  10. flamingpdog

    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".

    1. MissTaken

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

      1. SorosBot

        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.

    2. widestanceromance

      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.

  11. Sassomatic

    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.

    1. L188188

      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.

  12. MissTaken

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

  13. mrpuma2u

    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.

  14. mavenmaven

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

  15. Dashboard Buddha

    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.

    1. GOPCrusher

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

  16. Chichikovovich

    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:

  17. SpiderCrab

    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?

    1. Jukesgrrl

      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.

  18. spends2much

    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!

  19. 40 or 50 % McShineys

    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.

  20. Jukesgrrl

    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.

  21. ChrisM2011

    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??

  22. Antispandex

    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!

  23. Tundra Grifter

    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.

  24. whatupirondog

    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,

  25. Beowoof

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

  26. Rotundo_

    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.

  27. horsedreamer_1

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

  28. hardrockmaple

    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.

  29. MilwaukeeKent

    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.

  30. PrimlyStable

    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.

  31. Negropolis

    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.

  32. Dumbedup

    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.

    1. HistoriCat

      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.

  33. terriblyfamous

    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.

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