Honestly. The right-wing site actually turns to the Drudge Report for news and reporting. I mean, what more can you say?
So naturally Gateway Pundit, blindly following more of Drudge's fictitious claims, posted this big, blaring headline:
2 Pounds of Frozen Ham in Stimulus Bill Cost $1,191,200
Your Obama Government at work--
The government was charged $1,191,200 for a Stimulus project started on April 28, 2009 and completed on June 30, 2009.
The description of work or service performed:
2 POUND FROZEN HAM SLICED
I'm not making this up. Right-wingers, including Gateway Pundit, actually thought that the U.S. government spent more than $1 million for two pounds of ham.
Um, not quite. Gateway Pundit was only off by 759,998 pounds:
"Press reports suggesting that the Recovery Act spent $1.19 million to buy '2 pounds of ham' are wrong," [Agriculture Secretary Tom] Vilsack said in a statement. "In fact, the contract in question purchased 760,000 pounds of ham for $1.191m, at a cost of approximately $1.50 per pound."
Here's the kicker: It's been hours since Vilsack debunked the idiotic story, but Gateway Pundits won't acknowledge the blog's earth-sized blunder.
UPDATED: Gateway Pundit, doing whatever Drudge does, falls back to the position that the U.S. government spent $1.50 lb on ham but that ham can be purchased at Food Lion for $.79 lb. (Does your head hurt as much as mine having to even read about this kind of idiocy when real issues are in play?)
Talk about being divorced from reality. Right-wing scribblers like Drudge and Gateway Pundit apparently don't have any clue how the real world works, or what everyday grocery store items cost. Because anybody who's in touch with foods costs would tell you $1.50 lb. is a great price for ham.
As for Food Lion's $.79 lb offer that Drudge touted, the Food Lion link no longer contains any valid information. But before it was advertising "shank portion ham" for $.79 lb.