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The multiple layers of deceit in this Shakespearean story are becoming increasingly strange:

Norwegian prime minister defends cab stunt as it emerges passengers were paid

An audacious election stunt where Norway’s Prime Minister worked undercover as a cab driver has backfired after it emerged that five of his passengers had been vetted and paid.

Here is more, via Yannikouts.

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This shouldn't surprise anyone given how expertly filmed the story was. Sometimes knee-jerk cynicism is spot on.

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End of career.

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Oh, Norway. Here in America it's not even a scandal when our president kills and tortures innocent people.

Man, Bush has been out of office for 5 years, leave it alone already.

Kind of a shame our duality system makes it so we can't believe both sides are evil and acting contrary to their own principles.

Or we can understand that that's how politicians always are and always have been. In a democracy you have to pander. It's not evil, it's just how it works.

Principled non-panderers get about as far in a modern democracy as Ron Paul or Ralph Nader

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He could easily be talking about Obama

He was.

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Listen, friend, Jackson hasn't been in the White House for 175 years. You Whiggish zealots need to give it a rest.

For the record, I was talking about FDR's internment of the Japanese.

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Something is rotten in the state of Norway.

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My first thought upon reading about this awhile back was: "Wouldn't the PM wind up mostly driving foreigners to the airport?"

It would have been pretty funny if he'd ended up giving Tom Friedman a ride to the airport, then made a speech about what he learned about the world being flat from an American with a big mustache, while Friedman writes a column about how a distinguished-looking Norwegian cabbie gave him some new talking points about what the man in the Oslo street wants for Tom's next Davos speech.

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I was wondering how they were handling the participant video/audio rights release issue.

Many people would be mad if they showed up in a taxi and were videotaped for (basically) a political ad without prior warning.

I'm not surprised they were "pre-processed" to some extent regarding this.

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