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An anime Tiger Woods and an animated John McCain

A Hong Kong media company launched a world-wide YouTube hit last week with an animated recreation of Tiger Woods’s infamous fire hydrant crash. There have been more than two million views of the video, in which an avatar of Elin Woods, Tiger’s wife, slaps digital Tiger across the face and then chases after him, golf club swinging, as he speeds off in what looks like a 1980s minivan.

As the New York Times reported yesterday, this kind of digital news video is now a regular feature of some Asian tabloid newspapers, despite the dubious fact-base of the “re-enactments.”

Still, after watching the Senate health care debate, I had to wonder whether fake news coverage is nearly as offensive as fake news events.

Saturday featured the spectacle of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) introducing faux amendments that he didn’t actually want passed. In a fit of pique, McCain used part of the Republicans’ limited discussion time to make long-winded motions to limit the pay of AARP leaders and Wal-Mart executives.

Earlier in the week, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) had distributed a how-to guide for delaying Senate action to his Republican colleagues. Gregg claimed with a straight face that his stall tactics were intended “to improve the bill, try to make it a better piece of legislation.” This gives us the chance to ring in the holidays with even more arcane parliamentary procedures and nonsensical amendments.

Commentators have criticized Americans for paying too much attention to tabloid news and not enough attention to political issues of the day. But given the choice between animated Asian “news” videos and the kabuki theater of fake amendments and faux deliberation from the U.S. Senate, why would we expect a different result?

Kevin Huffman was the winner of the America's Next Great Pundit competition. Look for his first Post column on Friday.

By Kevin Huffman  | December 7, 2009; 12:08 PM ET
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I salute the Asian approach. They aren't as damaging as the GOP health saboteurs.

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

another super-boring white man takes the mic at the Wash Post.
gee, great. this dull post is far from informed commentary - what does it say exactly? hey - he watched CSPN over the weekend. and wrote some of it down!
later on the white guy news channel - the pro-am division.
bub bye.

Posted by: nancyjeanmail | December 7, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Exactly how is generating an Anime visualization of an event a bad thing?

As it turns out, Americans have come to expect that our journalists want to be stars; vapid; Cloying, and whimpering as they beg us to follow them on Twitter.

....and then there's FAUX News Co. and their endless, all pervasive "spin", policy badgering, and overlapping media outlets in ALL of America's markets Shepparded by Rupert Murdoch.. a guy who has no-clue-what-so-ever about what it means to BE an American. (and who's citizenship needs to be revoked)

If you ask me, the Anime approach is far more entertaining...after all, America's media has been falling all over itself NOT mentioning Tiger being assaulted by his wife. ( and Anime characters don't need to be followed on Twitter)

Posted by: BellsBlu2 | December 7, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If our laws were fair, the police in Florida would have arrested Tiger's wife for domestic violence. Tiger was the victim of a vicious assault.

The frustration the Democrats are feeling in Congress is due to political payback. When the GOP was in power, the Democrats played the same type of games as McCain et al. to delay and prevent legislation.

Posted by: alance | December 7, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey, WaPo, quit acting like People Magazine and USA Today, ignore the Tiger Trash. We have another over-paid athlete who is sorry because he got caught. Remember the four million dollar ring that Kobe bought his wife after he got caught? You people(WaPo)should be better than this. Unfortunately, YOU AREN"T!!!!!!!!!!! TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 7, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

According to the tabloids, Tiger Woods now, lies nine. What is par for this course, anyway?

You have to admit, though, that Elin also showed atrocious judgment. She should've selected a driver, not a three-iron.

I can't help it. This is just SO much fun.

Posted by: creeper92 | December 7, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The Tiger Woods stuff is a blast. Apparently, he's up to nine holes at this point.

Posted by: Martial | December 7, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I am reporting abuse. The abuse is WaPo paying attention to this way-over-paid jerk pretending to be something he AIN'T!!!!!!!!!!! TFL, Ken. Oh, I forgot, he said he is sorry. Right, sorry he got caught. TFL,Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 7, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Did the paramours appropriately address the ball?

Posted by: Martial | December 7, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Tiger was drugged or poisoned by his wife!

Posted by: FutureJumps | December 7, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Most people would gladly change places with Tiger or his wife. They are going to live charmed lives even after a divorce. Lots of money is a magical salve that takes most pains away.The kids will have a great future with lots of love and respect from friends and strangers.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | December 7, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

nancyjeanmail: What, exactly, do you have against white men? Are you racist, sexist or both?

Posted by: Plix | December 7, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I hope Kevin Huffman kept his day job. Isn't it amazing that a flamer would be chosen as the next great pundit by WAPO?

Posted by: neilwied | December 8, 2009 4:47 AM | Report abuse

Interesting comparison... right on. Those videos make me want to see if my Second Life account is still active.

Posted by: iseedc | December 8, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Huffman seems to have caught just enough of the political bug to watch some Senate debate, but not enough to understand what he was watching on C-SPAN - if he actually watched this at all.

First, look up "reductio ad absurdum" so that you might understand that Sen. McCain was pointing out the utter absurdity of Sen. Lincoln's "nonsensical" amendment, the subject of which was so useless that it passed 98-0. Nobody cared.
What is truly absurd is that Sen. Lincoln and her fellow Democrats see nothing amiss with the president of AARP collecting a salary of $1.7 million while they move to limit other health care executives' salaries. It pays to play along, even if that means selling out your constituency.

Second, there is nothing "kabuki" about the rules of the Senate or parliamentary procedure, just because Mr. Huffman doesn't understand them. Sen. Gregg is one of the most respected and serious members of the US Senate, but has been excluded like the rest of the Republican leadership from meaningful participation and input, as poorly drafted legislation has been assembled without normal committee hearings or debate. The skillful use of the rules gives them some limited opportunity to do what their constituents expect of them, and what has been denied.

Mr. Huffman is correct that Americans have "not paid enough attention to political issues," and this is evidenced by his willingness to mock what he clearly fails to comprehend.

Posted by: parkbench | December 9, 2009 1:15 AM | Report abuse

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