So, the Boston Globe tweeted this out recently:
The graphic went with a story headlined "The solar eclipse path will overwhelmingly pass over Trump Country." The top said:
Is the eclipse throwing shade at Clinton supporters?
The path of ideal viewing spots for this month’s highly-anticipated total solar eclipse cuts overwhelmingly through places that voted for President Trump in November.
There are about 240 counties roughly along the central path of the eclipse, a 70-mile-wide trail extending across the country where people will be able to see a total eclipse, meaning the sun will appear completely obscured by the moon.
And about 92 percent of those counties swung in Trump’s favor, while fewer than two dozen counties voted for his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
So, first, we feel a need to say, no, you have not accidentally clicked over to The Onion, even though the piece includes this line: "Perhaps it’s not a surprise that the solar eclipse is passing over Trump strongholds given that the president himself was born during a lunar eclipse."
Second, we'll give the Globe a bit of a pass: It is August, and there's just not that much to write about (Ha. Remember when August was sloooow?!).
Frankly, we really don't have a clue as to how the story came about — or why some editor in the Globe went, "The eclipse is passing over mostly Trump country? Get me that story ASAP!"
But we do know that Twitter had an absolute field day with the silly story.
One wag even gave it a new name — The Republiclipse!
We challenge you to find a dumber story anywhere.....