Every election year some loon (or group of loons) posits the idea that one or more of the candidates is the Antichrist. They point to signs, like the candidate's stance on gay marriage (Satan likes buttfucking), and abortion (Satan like dead babies), and how close to June 6 they may have been born. New World Order this, Mrs. Baylock that, Rapture, Endtimes, blah blah blah. That's fine. We expect it from nutbags. What we don't expect is for shit like that to be printed in Newsweek.
This week's Newsweek dedicates 666 words* under this headline: Is Obama the Antichrist?
Seriously, Newsweek, this is what you're printing these days? Stories about our President-elect being the supreme evil and bringer of the End of the World? (And if so, why the hell didn't you ask that eight fuckin' years ago?)
Speculating whether Obama has replaced Pope John Paul II and Marilyn Manson as the Antichrist du Jour is all well and good, if you're an internet whacko or The Washington Times, but Newsweek, c'mon, you should know better. And using phrases like "Obama probably isn't the Antichrist" (emphasis mine) in your articles, even if it's attributed to an interviewee, is pretty fuckin' dicey, especially when the whole tone of the article doesn't seem too concerned with countering that idea.
* For the record, that is not true. But if Newsweek can print wildly inflammatory bullshit, so can I.
(Via Steve Benen.)