FFROM THE SEATTLE TIMES (August 6, 2013, page A4): “Taliban secretly talking to Kabul government.” Is this, like, an example of some form of Associated Press, in-house irony? I mean, if it’s in every newspaper in the world that has an AP line, then it ain’t all that “secret,” is it?
Ooh, ooh! (Was that Toody or Muldoon?) I know! It’s not irony at all—because there is no media in Afghanistan, this IS a secret to the Afghanis, kept from them.
Or, perhaps, it’s really AP’s idea of more in-house cognitive dissonance . . .
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