Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that Michelle Obama ordered a "1,700-calorie meal at Shake Shack." The report drew mockery from several corners for suggesting that by eating a hamburger, the First Lady was somehow behaving hypocritically given her campaign to combat obesity. Right-wingers with ingrained dislike of Michelle Obama, however, ran with the report.
Today, the Washington Post is looking to squeeze a little more traffic out the non-story with an online poll: "Is Michelle Obama a hypocrite for loving burgers?" Accompanying the poll is a quick write-up which actually contains these sentences that a real-live journalist wrote and published:
Nutritionists were quick to come to the first lady's aid, explaining that balance is more important than blind allegiance to any one diet, which is almost certainly true. But here's the thing: This is not Michelle Obama's first encounter with a burger in public. A semi-quick Google search reveals that she has dined on burgers at Five Guys (on at least two occasions), Good Stuff Eatery (again more than once and apparently enough to inspire her own turkey burger on Spike Mendelsohn's menu) and a Milwaukee diner. Her love of burgers is so well documented that one hack parodied the first lady in this cartoon.
"This is not Michelle Obama's first encounter with a burger in public." Chew on that one for a while.
Also, the lede puts responsibility for this stupid story on "conservatives" who "smelled fresh meat on Monday when first lady Michelle Obama dared to order what was once considered an All-American meal at Shake Shack." Sorry, WaPo; the wingers might have jumped on it, but only because you gave them the bait.
- The Washington Post