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So far, 2010 is leaving a sour taste
The Tampa Tribune (Food Editor) ^ | Jauary 24, 2010 | Jeff Houck

Posted on 01/24/2010 9:52:07 AM PST by Brandonmark

I thought I would be in a better mood in 2010. I mean, you can't do much worse than 2009.

But after only 24 days, I'm deeply cranky about several things on the food radar.

Watercress-gate: Earlier this month, Food Network aired an episode of "Iron Chef America" starring White House chef Cristeta Comerford competing with Bobby Flay against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

The hook: The chefs were to use vegetables harvested from the White House kitchen garden started by Michelle Obama.

Only they didn't.

Sure, they showed the four chefs tromping through the garden picking and snipping and selecting their bounty. The first lady even made an appearance to tout the garden's local, sustainable, organic symbolism.

Once the group started cooking, they were back at the usual Kitchen Stadium studio in New York City using substitute ingredients from a grocery.

But that wasn't stated during the show. The audience was led to believe that the "secret ingredients" came straight from the White House backyard.

Food Network later issued a statement saying the switch was due to a production delay between the White House shoot and the studio cooking, and that the chefs were allowed to use only types of produce that they had harvested from the garden.

It wasn't exactly a documentary, just prime-time entertainment. Nothing more.

Understand this, though: The deception wasn't an accident. Everyone involved had to know a key part of the premise of the show would be fudged. Months of planning went into the show. The marketing budget alone, which included full-page newspaper ads across the country, was sky high. The results: More than 4 million people watched — a new Food Network record.

But it does prompt a question:

If you'll fake a cook-off using the full backing of the White House for something so insignificant and yet so stage-managed and overhyped that it bordered on the ridiculous, what else will you fake?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: deceit; deception; fake; flotusmichelle; foodnetwork; liberalmedia; medialies; obama; viacom; whitehousegarden
"Watercress-gate" LOL! Seems that more and more of the MSM is seeing through the White House hype!
1 posted on 01/24/2010 9:52:08 AM PST by Brandonmark
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To: Brandonmark

this writer just said a MOUTHFUL!


2 posted on 01/24/2010 9:54:37 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Brandonmark

“Watercress-gate” gets 900+ hits on skru.Goggle... the Fraud Top Chef...jeez the Pravda Food Network is next.


3 posted on 01/24/2010 9:58:24 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Brandonmark

It’s symbolic of this White house. Everything is staged and involves “sleight of hand”.


4 posted on 01/24/2010 10:11:16 AM PST by liberty or death
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To: Brandonmark

I heard that high levels of mercury in the soil around the White House made it impossible to grow food there.


5 posted on 01/24/2010 10:11:50 AM PST by AU72
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Next thing you know, the Iron Chef competitors will actually KNOW the “Secret Ingredient” before it is revealed. And The Chairmen aren’t really super-rich gourmands who personally put together the competition.

Please, don’t tell me that! ;)

(FWIIW, the “white house watercress-gate” IS a fraud — moreso than the premise for the show. It is true to form for this particular White House set of residents.)


6 posted on 01/24/2010 10:18:24 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: AU72

But seems like there is plenty of fertilizer there...if you know what I mean!


7 posted on 01/24/2010 10:35:19 AM PST by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Brandonmark
If you'll fake a cook-off using the full backing of the White House for something so insignificant and yet so stage-managed and overhyped that it bordered on the ridiculous, what else will you fake?

I dunno...Maybe a birth certificate?

8 posted on 01/24/2010 10:41:16 AM PST by azishot
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To: All
Obama: Ebonics for liarer
9 posted on 01/24/2010 11:26:29 AM PST by troy McClure
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To: Brandonmark

Remember Diane Sawyer and the ‘fake’ explosion of the pickup gas tank?


10 posted on 01/24/2010 11:46:25 AM PST by Parmy
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To: Brandonmark

Any person with one quarter of a brain knows this WH is full of BS and spin.

Wake up America. The WH hates you and will lie, cheat, and steal to destroy your lives.


11 posted on 01/24/2010 11:49:30 AM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: Brandonmark

One reason I don’t watch TV. You can’t trust *anything*.


12 posted on 01/24/2010 12:50:39 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Brandonmark

There’s no way in Hell,
That little garden can yield
That much fresh produce.

The next Five Year Plan
Probably has Michelle’s garden
Feed all Maryland...


13 posted on 01/24/2010 6:58:13 PM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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To: freedumb2003
Next thing you know, the Iron Chef competitors will actually KNOW the “Secret Ingredient” before it is revealed. And The Chairmen aren’t really super-rich gourmands who personally put together the competition.

The Chairman of Iron Chef America is a bad B-movie actor. Put "Solar Strike" on your Netflix queue is you want to see him in action...

14 posted on 01/24/2010 7:04:42 PM PST by Haiku Guy ("I don't give them Hell / I tell the truth about them / And they think it's Hell" -- Harry Truman)
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