PETA, You Ain’t Nothing But A Publicity Hound Dog

I’ve seen so many stupid things in my life I’ve grown immune to outrageous, gratuitous comments but this one by PETA pushed my alarm button where I refuse to take it in silence.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is a buzz because President Obama during another one of his endless television interviews swatted and killed a pesky fly. If it was a gymnastic event, as judge I would have awarded Barack a 10.

Obama stopped the interview with CNBC’s John Harwood when the fly broke every FAA regulation imaginable. He waited until the critter landed again. And, smacked it dead. “Now, where were we?” Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker.”

PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said: “We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals. We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals.”

Friedrich let a good story get in the way of a basic fact. Flies aren’t animals. They’re insects.

I was willing to give the animal rights mouthpiece the benefit of the doubt that he was, for sure, kidding. But, noooo. PETA is sending Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside. My God, he was serious.

Friedrich said PETA is a strong supporter of Obama because of his voting record as a U.S. senator on behalf of animal rights and outspoken against animal abuses. Still, “swatting a fly on TV indicates he’s not perfect,” Friedrich said, “and we’re happy to say that we wish he hadn’t.” I could be wrong, but memory serves that house flies lives are numbered in days, even without a quick human hand, fly swatters and chemical bug killers.

After the interview, Obama took a tissue and picked up the fallen soldier off the White House floor. As far as the interview went, one must feel sorry for Harwood. No one remembers what was said, including the fly.

I give credit grudgingly to Friedrich for doing his job, thrusting PETA’s purpose onto the national stage and not accusing the president of being a Michael Vick copycat.

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House has no comment on the matter. Now there’s a no comment I can live with. And to think what they used to say about the president.

No Drama Obama.

Cross posted on The Remmers Report

Author: JERRY K. REMMERS, TMV Columnist

Jerry Remmers worked 26 years in the newspaper business. His last 23 years was with the Evening Tribune in San Diego where assignments included reporter, assistant city editor, county and politics editor.

11 Comments

  1. They do this all of the time. Their web hits go up ten fold every time they do something like this. Once people get to their site…for what ever silly reason…the home page hits them with what PETA really cares about.

    They get more people than they lose when they do these kinds of stunts. Good marketing.

  2. Okay PETA you set the standard, I want a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher. I also think if you truly beleive this an animal then you should provide everyone with a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher. By the way PETA did you know that flies carry harmful germs.

  3. Germs are people, too!

  4. I've always suspected that PETA is either the world's longest ongoing performance-art piece or a ratf*ck wholly paid for by right-wing billionaires to try to make the left look bad. It's just incomprehensible that these people could do this for so many years and be totally in earnest

  5. You'd be surprised at the huge number of soccer moms and other mild-mannered types that are closet-PETA supporters. I sleep with one and insects are shooed out of the house, not squished. Obama better never be brusque with the new dog or he is toast in '12.

  6. See my comment to the prior piece on this. PETA folks really do catch-and-release insects, spiders and rodents they find in their homes. And, yes, they regard insects as “animals”, or as my one PETA friend would say “sensient beings”.

    To shannonlee, PETA may attract a few more members with these stunts, but they lose the public.

    I'd call my friend about the presidential swat, but I don't want to listen to a 30 minute PETA-line rant. Maybe after the “scandal” blows over she and I can talk again.

  7. As far as I'm concerned membership in PETA is a sign of severe mental illness or amazing stupidity, and I couldn't care less which. I'm just sorry these morons are polluting the gene pool.

  8. Just another inane publicity stunt by the same folks who had a campaign a few years ago comparing animal cruelty to the lynching of Black Americans. Something Steve Gilliard covered back in 2005:

    http://stevegilliard.blogspot.com/2005/08/black

  9. ok, although PETA are shameless publicity hounds, and I FULLY support ANYONES right to kill a fly (kill a hundred, i dont care), one thing should be said; insects ARE in fact animals, at least technically. they belong to the scientific kingdom Animalia, ergo, they are animals

  10. This remark makes you look rather foolish: “Friedrich let a good story get in the way of a basic fact. Flies aren’t animals. They’re insects.”

    The “basic fact” is that insects *are* animals. That's not opinion; it's science: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal

    Also, research and critical thought are handy tools I recommend–and both would have helped you realize before posting this that PETA didn't create a publicity stunt; the media *went to* PETA to ask their response, in order to manufacture a controversy: http://tinyurl.com/mww64a

  11. I somehow overlooked that someone had already made the insect/animal point–my apologies.

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