Friday, January 20, 2006

truthiness, meet irony

Kyra Phillips on CNN, about 2:45 PM Central, discussing the Washington Post ombudsman recently cutting off the ability of the public to post their concerns and complaints on the Post's blog, mentioned that what started the story was "a Sunday column by Post ombudsman Deborah Howell who wrote that corrupt former lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to Democrats as well as Republicans. Well, that's true, but most of the money went to Republicans." (The emphasis is mine.)

Notice that Kyra, an anchor on a major cable news network, didn't provide details such as which Democrats had taken money from Abramoff, she just asserted something as fact in a venue where her comments are taken as researched and factual by viewers. Of course, an FEC investigation has proven that Jack Abramoff did not give one Democrat any money. Not one. This is public record, is a simple thing to research, and a fairly simple statement to comprehend.

Kyra Phillips on CNN, about 2:55 PM Central, discussing the lack of literacy and in particular, reading and comprehension, on the part of college students today (a sad truth I can personally vouch for, but that's another post) commented that students couldn't compare two credit card offers and successfully determine which one was better, and that they also "as much as it pains me to say, are not able to understand simple stories in the news." (This is a from-memory paraphrase, and once again, the emphasis is mine.)

Evidently Kyra is a college student herself.


Blogger Ronni said...

I want somebody to ask them the hard questions on that. Name names. Dare ya!

I've seen these rumours go crazy!

7:33 PM  

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