You see, the bird was dead. But... There remained just enough spark in his nervous system for him to run around a make a total mess of things before he finally stopped twitching and started getting plucked.
What we've seen the last couple days is a nationwide, macro- version of the turkey. The "mainstream" media is losing readers and viewers at an alarming (to them) rate. Their credibility is shot. They could have taken a lesson from the recent elections and modified they editorial positions, so that they weren't consistently insulting a large subset of America. Stop the bleeding, one might say.
But no... A tragedy occurs, and they turn the stupid up to eleven. Sheriff
And the nation yawns. Nobody cares. Oh, the nation cares about the tragedy. The nation cares about those who were lost and those who are still fighting to recover. But precious few care what the talking heads have to say about it. On this issue, they went "all-in" with what's left of their credibility and lost. Now all that's left for them is to finish their mad dash towards the back wheel of the pickup.