Update: Food Network and Garden-Gate

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January 14, 2010 | Comments

Since my post yesterday about my personal farewell to Food Network, I just wanted to check in with the latest on the network’s partisan decision to showcase the First Lady and produce from the White House garden on a very special episode of Iron Chef.

Contrary to what was claimed on said special episode, the produce used by the Food Network chefs did not come from the extensively flaunted and photographed White House garden after all. Indeed, according to a statement released by the Food Network, “due to the production delay between the shoot at the White House and the shoot at Food Network, the produce used in Kitchen Stadium during the Super Chef Battle was not actually from the White House garden.”

And so, once again, we see an entity — Food Network this time — like so many entities before it, that align themselves with this adminstration and its agenda, convincing themselves that there is no harm in the deception — and besides, no one will ever find out. Trouble is: We always find out. Always. And almost instantly.

When will they learn?

I have a feeling Food Network has learned. And the pitiful Food Network chefs who participated, once so admired by my family, have learned, too. On its face, it sounds trivial, I know, but the more important message here is that again we see that nothing, and I mean nothing, about this administration is authentic. From admitted “photo-ops” with our troops to idiotic covers on golf and fashion magazines to doctors wearing phony white coats in the White House rose garden to the ongoing American apology tours to speeches set before a phony Parthenon: It’s all a fraud.

Yet this administration continues to entice and woo would-be collaborators in to do its bidding, to assist in the fakery. Those who agree wind up learning firsthand that when you lay down with dogs you’re going to get fleas. Kind of an insult to dogs, I know, but as so many have learned, from, among others, certain car companies, lapdog media outlets, so-called “representatives” in Congress, cable networks that focus on food and cooking — you may emerge from these associations, the agreements, the backroom deals, a bit anemic with an itch that just won’t go away. And, I have to believe, with a terrible case of regret.

So I ask the Food Network, which I know is suffering grief for the decision to join this bandwagon: Was it all worth the aemia, worth the itch? You won’t admit the truth, I know, but somehow I doubt it.

Betsy Siino | Comments