John Kerry, Youtube and a ‘botched joke.’

The national flareup over former (maybe future) presidential candidate John Kerry’s remarks about education at Pasadena City College gives a glimpse into the 24 hour news cycle. Shortly after Kerry told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs – “If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq,” he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps,” it was on Youtube and ringing around the blogosphere. National newspapers were mentioning our sister paper, the Pasadena Star News, which covered the event, and prompted President Bush to slam the remarks. We talked about it again in our editorial meeting this morning to see if it should have prominent play – which would make it three days in a row. A botched joke? it may be, but with the carnivorous Internet news hole, this is the type of fury that may come to a city hall near you as more people get a hang of new media.

UPDATE: Kerry apologizes.

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