First 'Photo' Of Likely Romney VP Pick


NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report) — Republican Presidential choice Mitt Romney shocked the political world today by releasing a picture of his choice for vice president — a man who, political insiders admit, was on nobody’s short or long list.

The photo shows Mr. Romney’s Veep pick, whose face was immediately recognizable to millions of Americans, wearing his trademark top hat and carrying what appears to be a moneybag, with currency of various denominations trailing behind him.

The Romney campaign issued scant information about the source of his running mate’s wealth, saying only that he had made his money “in real estate” and would not be releasing his tax returns.

The above fake text and illustration are from the fertile mind of the prolific political satirist Andy Borowitz, who publishes something unique on national politics just about every day online in The Borowitz Report. You do have to follow politics to understand the satire.

Here’s a bit from a recent Borowitz Report: "Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn) stirred controversy today by claiming that several key members of the Obama administration had links to a shadowy extremist group called the Democratic Party."

Even bigger news, however, for those of us who follow Borowitz is that his work has been acquired by and will run in the usually straitlaced New Yorker magazine. In typical form, Borowitz offered assurance to his followers:

Longtime Borowitz Report readers might ask: how will moving to The New Yorker, known for its excruciating fact-checking, change the Borowitz Report, which is composed entirely of lies? The answer: not at all. The Borowitz Report will be as inaccurate as always, and if I ever write something that turns out to be true you have my deepest apology and my promise that it won’t happen again.

This program aired on July 25, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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Dan Payne Democratic Political Analyst
Dan Payne is a Democratic political analyst for WBUR.



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