The Borowitz Report used to be a chuckle in the e-mail. Now its creator has gone big at the New Yorker. Thought I'd share his latest: "U.S. Promises Smooth Transfer to Quagmire from Afghanistan to Syria."  Chuckle! Chuckle!

The fact-checkers at the New Yorker, famous though they may be, obviously missed a quote attribution. The head of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey, is quoted saying something that was no doubt uttered by Secretary of State John Kerry. Chuckle! Chuckle!


Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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