You Call That Fair and Balanced?

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on September 24, 2014

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

You Call That Fair and Balanced?
“Fox Attacks 2nd-Grader, Staffers on School Playground”–headline, WNBC-TV website (New York), Sept. 23

Whatever FLOTs Your Boat
“Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan is in damage control mode after a U.S. think tank alleged late last week that she had plagiarized the Twitter feed of another famous first lady: Michelle Obama,” reports the Washington Free Beacon. The story, first noted by Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, is just weird:


Erdogan, who has attempted to position herself as a worldly and glamorous leader, may have gone a step too far in her emulation of Obama. Her official biography on Twitter read until just recently: “This account is run by Organizing for Action staff. Tweets from the First Lady are signed –mo.” . . .

It does not appear that Erdogan has ever publicly referred to herself as “mo” (except on Twitter) and there is no Turkish entity known as “Organizing for Action,” the same name that Team Obama gave to the president’s nonprofit group. . . .

“Maybe it’s not shameless plagiarism in Turkey’s presidential palace,” Rubin wrote. “Maybe Emine Erdogan really does use the initials ‘mo.’

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