Kathy Shaidle

NPR’s government geography ‘expert’ thinks New Jersey is the same size as Texas

Posted on March 4 2010 12:00 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Your tax dollars at play: National Public Radio asked Jane Ferrigno (yes, that’s her real name) of the U.S. Geological Survey about alleged “Antarctic ice loss”:

Ms. FERRIGNO: I think I’ll go back 20 years, and in the last 20 years, I would say at least 20,000 square kilometers of ice has been lost, and that’s comparable to an area somewhere between the state of Texas and the state of Alaska.

Except, er… Well, see the map, above.

Oh well: when you’re a lefty, Texas and Alaska are just giant interchangeable blobs of America that don’t vote the right way. “What’s the matter with Kansas?” and all that.

And I guess the whole “kilometers” thing mixed them both these ladies, too. As that ignorant tea partier Rush Limbaugh fellow media liberal, CNN’s Rick Sanchez would say, “What’s nine meters in English?”

I checked, but for some bizarre reason, those “media watchdogs” and fearless truth-tellers and myth busters at Media Matters had nothing to say about this (tax payer funded) exchange.

Just think, America: when the government pays for your health care, like it does public radio and the U.S. Geological Survey, your “expert” doctor might just get your appendix mixed up with your brain! Thrilled yet?

PS: let’s give the last word to the kind of person NPR and its listeners like to make fun of. You know, the type of shallow, middle American airhead who just doesn’t appreciate the nuanced subtleties of geography and foreign cultural stuff like metric and that:

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