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Dunkin Donuts caves to bloggers

Is this a great country or what?

For those of you who don't read reactionary right-wing blogs, Dunkin' Donuts recently unveiled an ad featuring television personality Rachael Ray, holding a latte, standing in front of blooming trees. Ray, however, is wearing a scarf, and for conservatives, a scarf is never just a scarf.
Michelle Malkin noted that the scarf is black and white, which she insisted meant that it looked too similar to an Arabic keffiyeh. From Malkin's column: "It's just a scarf, the clueless keffiyeh-wearers scoff. Would they say the same of fashion designers who marketed modified Klan-style hoods in Burberry plaid as the next big thing?"
Malkin's cohorts quickly embraced her concerns, and there was talk of launching a boycott against Dunkin' Donuts over the ad.
This week, unwilling to take any chances against the coordinated efforts of unhinged Fox News commentators, Dunkin' Donuts backed down and gave in.

When I first heard about this earlier today, I didn't believe it. But it's true, and I even heard a story about it on NPR -- about a minute later there was one of those public radio non-ad ads for Porsche and its sporty Porsche 911. Are you kidding me! Why is Porsche endorsing the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon? Please boycott Porsche.

Seriously, this is so weird that it makes this story only the second most bizarre item I've read today.