Shortly after posting what could have been a parental notification about skin symptoms experienced by children infected with the swine-flu virus (if it was not a reference to a youth center birthday party), Clockwork received even more startling news about an event state Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) participated in this morning. Blared the fax:
"ASSEMBLYMAN WASHES HANDS WITH CHILDREN IN THE FACE OF SWINE FLU . . . CALMS SPANISH-SPEAKING PARENTS ALARMED BY NEWS REPORTS."
Whoa, are they implying Solorio used children as soap in his bizarre hand-washing ritual while looking directly into swine flu's face? Or was he washing the face of swine with kids?
Further investigation--meaning reading the actual press release--shows Solorio visited the Santa Ana preschool Kidsworks to "wash hands with four- and five-year-olds." The politician says immigrant parents are being misinformed by Spanish-language television mistakenly leading viewers to believe the swine-flu outbreak is as bad in the U.S. as it is in Mexico, where there have been multiple deaths.
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Actually, Joe, English-language television hasn't been much better in that regard.