Did Templeton really set out on a reporting trip to the underpasses of Baltimore wearing a Kansas City Star T-shirt? Or am I missing something? No, I just looked again: He's wearing a Kansas City Star T-shirt, all right. Is this because his "I'm a Douchebag" T-shirt was in the laundry?
Yeah, the KC Star totally sucks! Templeton must be a real first class, A1 dildo. It's not even possible that the Star was Templeton's first job and he doesn't care about this shirt much and he intentionally wore an old t-shirt because he'd be spending the night under a bridge with homeless people. Why isn't he wearing an Atlantic t-shirt? Jeffrey Goldberg has never known a single person who worked at the Star!
To answer your question, no, of course the alleged Marine's story would never pass muster in a day...I'm not sure it would take three weeks to confirm the basics of the story, but it certainly would take a week or so just to confirm his true identity.
It's too bad Goldberg did his English Lit thesis on Shakespeare and not poetic license. Can you imagine the tense thrill of watching Templeton spend two weeks tracking down sources inside the Army?! Wow! Now that would be some gripping television! Look! He's on the phone again!
Besides, no capable city editor would allow this story even to come to the attention of his managing editor without doing some basic verification first, especially if the reporter who reeled in the story was so obviously mistrusted by his own desk.
Yes, Gus is completely incapable...of getting his bosses to listen to him. This is at least the fourth time this season he's been overruled.
P.S. I've got nothing for you on the Pogues. I'm comprehensively uninterested now in McNulty.
At this point, Goldberg is strictly watching the show because he's being paid to do so. How thrilling for us to receive his insights!
I'm particularly unhappy with Lester's transformation. He and Bunk were the moral centers of the cop-shop, and I need Lester to be Lester, not McNulty's partner in stupidity. It's strange to flip the script on us so late in the story, and it's not working.
At least once a season, every season, we've been reminded that all Lester cares about is making the case. Whatever is required to do so and whatever trouble he may create for higher ups is of no interest to him. He only cares about the case. In explaining his illegal tap to Sidnor earlier, he said he considered the shuttering of the Stansfield case to be an illegitmate decision. He cares only about closing this case, obviously at any cost. Most people would be excited by Lester's move, aware that a great cop and a great person is flirting with jail in his relentless pursuit of justice. Not Jeffrey Goldberg, though.
Chris dies. That's my prediction.
Seriously? A kingpin's muscle? A guy who keeps finding himself in gun battles and a man who is being hunted by Omar? You predict he dies? How do you keep this high wire act going Goldberg? You're such a maniac!
Marlo has to live, because capitalism can't be put down, but Chris can be shed. Snoop, however, is too smart to die.
Let's just note these for the record, shall we?
As for Omar, I think it's quite possible Omar dies...
The whole inner city is hunting him to collect a bounty, he has a broken leg and he's hunting the most powerful criminal in Baltimore. You think it's quite possible he dies?
Because I can't help myself, let me point out one moment in which this episode was too clever by half. It came during the trial, when Clay Davis referred disparagingly to the prosecutor, Rupert Bond, as "Obonda." Maybe when the episode was filmed this seemed like a clever joke, but now, with everything we know about Obama's overwhelming popularity among African-Americans (and coming just several days after the Maryland primary), it fell awfully flat.
Is it all possible that this disparaging quip has been misinterpreted by Goldberg? Yes, of course it's possible. I'm sorry. How about this? The point is that Clay Davis is slapping down Bond for trying to be the next great black politician. That he thinks Bond is too ambitious. That he thinks Bond is trying to make a name for himself without anything tangible behind him. How about that?
Speaking of egregiousness, how can you possibly believe that the Hamsterdam premise was as preposterous as the story line you call, quite succinctly, "Bitey the Bloodthirsty"? The first had to do with an experiment in de facto drug legalization in a small corner of the city by a thoughtful and frustrated police official. The second has formerly competent police detectives concocting from scratch the story of a serial murderer who bites homeless men on the ass, or the thighs, or wherever.
Goldberg has apparently forgotten that McNulty couldn't get Alma and Templeton interested in the fake serial killer at first, so in desperation he invented the biting thing. It has since spun out of control. Also, note the adjectives here. Goldberg liked Hamsterdam, so Colvin was "thoughtful" and "frustrated". He hates the serial killer, so McNulty is "formerly competent".
I'm quite sure that, in real life, at various times in various places, thoughtful and frustrated police officials have conducted experiments along the lines of Bunny Colvin's; I have never heard of a story in which police detectives defile corpses and kidnap a homeless man, all in order to extract computer equipment from their superiors.
This paragraph is the ne plus ultra of Goldberg's idiocy. He should actually be commended for being able to demonstrate how far up his ass his head is with only two sentences. It takes some people a lifetime to achieve that. He has never heard of any police officials anywhere setting up an unofficial drug bazaar to localize crime. Equally, he has never heard of a cop defiling homeless corpses to make it seem like a serial killer is on the loose so he can get some budget money. Despite never having heard of either of these scenarios, he likes Hamsterdam, so he is quite sure that it has happened. He dislikes McNulty's fake serial killer, so he's quite sure that it has never happened. David Simon, stop making things up for your drama! If you can find even a milligram of logic in that paragraph, I will buy you lunch until the day you die.
I hope Jeffrey Goldberg is donating his pay for this series to a journalism school. If he's actually profiting off of this lunacy, there truly is no hope for America.