2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Did the mainstream media intentionally ignore the case of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal abortions, in order to protect abortion rights? That’s what conservatives have been up in arms about for the past week, even as Irin Carmon pointed out that it was in fact feminist and pro-choice writers who gave the case the most attention outside of Pennsylvania when Gosnell was arrested in 2011, and I noted that conservative lawmakers and media leaders weren’t exactly using their platform to highlight the case until very recently.
Now a new data point from the liberal Media Matters, which tabulated the amount of time the three major cable news networks devoted to Gosnell’s arrest in 2011. As it turns out, Fox News gave it the least coverage of the three. Liberal MSNBC gave the case about a third more time, while CNN put both networks to shame by covering the arrest almost five times more than Fox. Here’s a chart showing the relative time devoted to coverage on each network:
Liberal media coverup? It’s hard to make the case when liberal MSNBC gave Gosnell more attention than the conservative Fox News channel.
While plenty of smaller conservative blogs and outlets have given the case attention, it’s notable that major figures like Bill O’Reilly — who, by way of contrast, discussed abortion doctor George Tiller on 28 separate occasions before his murder — mostly avoided the issue until last week.
Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.More Alex Seitz-Wald.
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.