I realized that I couldn't just write about this, because no one would likely believe me that the reporting of the story actually played out this way.
To be clear, I don't know what the the story really is. I didn't click on any of the links because a) I didn't particularly care about the story, and b) I cared less about the sources.
The story may be true, it may not be, and it may fall somewhere in the middle. And wherever it falls, it's pretty much a so-what? I saw a link to link to it on a webpage and wanted to do a Google search just to see if any legitimate news organization was writing about it. That they aren't -- or aren't yet -- doesn't mean it's not true, it just means at the moment it's one of those Internet Phenomena.
But I could only shake my head in laughter and agony as I read how this literally was listed on Google. Here's the graphic, take a look --
There it is, with a Big Headline splashed across the top and a photograph to highlight the story -- Malia Obama "Plays Beer Pong" on a college visit.
But then, right underneath, in much smaller letters and no photo to get your attention, we're told that Malia Obama was only "Reportedly Spotted" playing beer pong.
And finally, underneath, last, at the bottom, for those who keep reading down that far and even get to it, again in small letters and no photo, the story is that the president's oldest daughter was "Seen in General Vicinity" of beer pong cups. It's not even sayng that she was in the general vicinity of a beer pong game, let alone playing. Just that maybe possibly she was somewhat near-ish some cups that were perhaps still sitting out on a table from earlier.
Again, I don't have a clue what the truth is nor really care. But when people who do think for their own reasons that this is newsworthy and report it, I really prefer that they find out first what the story actually is. If there even is a story. And the order that these three headlines were displayed is just too freaking priceless. If I made it up, you wouldn't believe me.
And by the way, I suspect that there are people reading this right now who are in the general vicinity of beer pong cups.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
Feedspot Badge of Honor