Not a Parody: "Turkeys Were Being Executed in the Background"

Does the Times' editorial board know where Thankgiving dinner comes from? Its hysterical reaction to a clip of Sarah Palin at a turkey pardon suggests not.

"The Board," the Times' editorial page blog, is where the paper's liberal editorial board can really let loose, and a Friday entry, "A Sarah Palin Thanksgiving," is almost a parody of liberal prissiness. A clip of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a lame local turkey-pardoning photo-op got wide circulation on the liberal cable network MSNBC after she chose to give a stand-up interview as the rest of the turkeys were being slaughtered behind her. Color the Times' shelterededitorialists disturbed:

We've differed with Sarah Palin a great deal on substance. We don't agree with her hardline approach to the Iraq War, her harsh anti-government rhetoric, and her style of negative campaigning.

But we also worry a bit about, how should we put it, the persona she has brought with her to national politics. We did not care at all for the swipe she took against community organizers at the Republican National Convention.

And then there's this. You don't have to be a huge animal lover to question why Governor Palin chose to be interviewed - while issuing a traditional seasonal pardon of a turkey - while turkeys were being executed in the background.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air mocked the Times' offended sensibilities:

One man butchers a turkey for food (two, actually), and the New York Times gets the vapors. Have any of them ever eaten meat?At all?The editors of the Times should declare right now whether they plan to eat real turkey on Thanksgiving, and/or use turkey in sandwiches from now on.If so, how would they expect to have that available to them without the kind of process seen in this clip?Did they think that turkeys somehow committed suicide and left wills donating their bodies to family dining tables around the world?

Executed. Someone send the Times a vat of smelling salts.