Campaign Desk isn’t quite sure what to make of this story by Scott Lindlaw of the Associated Press, whose unerring eye for the trivial we have commented on before. In it, we discover that, despite his family’s famous disdain for broccoli, President Bush asked for a serving of the cruciferous vegetable during his lunch in the Ft. Campbell mess hall this afternoon. We also learn that the president “passed on the crab leg and most of the carbs — mac and cheese, potato and rice — as well as the prime rib.”

Is it the triumph of form over content? The ultimate in “gotcha” journalism? Is it even funny?

We report, you decide.


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Bryan Keefer was CJR Daily’s deputy managing editor.