The Logic Lifeline

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Friday, July 15, 2005

Media playing stupid part 2

Another way the media plays stupid when it comes to putting a stick in the eye of a conservative deals with quotes. A conservative says "xyz" and the quote is recorded, documented, witnessed, etc. Along comes a liberal and without blinking claims the conservative said "xyb" in order to support their claim. The media interviewer does not stop and say, "Excuse me, but he actually said 'xyz' not 'xyb'. They let it ride and treat it as if a point was scored. When tables are turned, they will make sure they correct the conservative misquote.

An example of letting the misquote ride is George Bush's claim that he would fire anyone proven to have broken the law. Liberals all over are claiming he said he would fire anyone involved in the leak. Yet the water carriers gleefully report the misquote as fact with no caviat.

I wonder if they play stupid so often, they lose the ability to discern between playing stupid and being stupid. Like mom always said, don't cross your eyes because they might stick that way.


  • At 10:33 AM, Blogger LogicalOne said…

    Sorry, but Scott McClellen, who speaks for the President, in a press briefing 9/29/2003, said,

    MR. McCLELLAN: -- that suggests White House involvement. There are anonymous reports all the time in the media. The President has set high standards, the highest of standards for people in his administration. He's made it very clear to people in his administration that he expects them to adhere to the highest standards of conduct. If anyone in this administration was involved in it, they would no longer be in this administration.

    Ok, he didn't say "fire". Isn't "they would no longer be in this administration" close enough?


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