by Tom Finkel
You've probably gawked at The Smoking Gun's smorgasbord of Tony La Russa drunk-driving video footage by now.
No? Well, go here, if you must.
This is what Florida's very liberal public-records law can do for you. (Hey, strong Sunshine laws are a very, very good thing in a free society, but that doesn't mean you have to look. Though Unreal -- a proud punster in our own right -- has to tip our linguistic cap to TSG on this one: "Bottom of the Fifth" is brilliant!)
What really whomps Unreal upside the melon is the pathetically abortive, virtually unwatchable Associated Press product the website of our hometown Lee Enterprises fishwrap, stltoday.com, is offering up on its homepage.
The AP video is 28 seconds long.
The Smoking Gun, meanwhile, has divided the footage up into six segments, of 41 seconds, 1 minute 45 seconds, 44 seconds, 10 seconds, 1 minute 5 seconds, and 1 minute 27 seconds -- a total of 5 minutes 12 seconds, if Unreal's dicey math skillz can be trusted.
If you're gonna show the shit, show the damn shit.
[Update November 30 3:00 p.m.]: We're told the Post only made do with the AP video until they could acquire DVDs from Florida officials. The stltoday video can be found here.