Kathy Shaidle

Journalists: Your Moral and Intellectual Superiors!

Posted on July 2 2010 6:00 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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A keen-eyed Bill Kristol draws our attention to a sentence in today’s USA Today that, arguably, contradicts itself, depending upon how you define the word “scattering”:

[Tea Partiers] are overwhelmingly white and Anglo, although a scattering of Hispanics, Asian Americans and African Americans combine to make up almost one-fourth of their ranks.

As Kristol notes (and someone at USA Today should have noticed before they went to press):

That “scattering” is (as is suggested later in the same sentence) pretty hefty—23 percent of tea partiers are, according to the survey, non-white Anglos. How does this compare to the nation’s adults as a whole? They’re 25 percent non-white Anglos.


Lest you harbor any doubts that journalists around the world are prone to contradictory confusions, take this example from a Canadian reporter. Like many of her kind, Frances Russell has been shaken by the news that Canada may soon have its very own conservative news channel. It still isn’t on the air, but liberal journalists like Russell are already denouncing it. And they aren’t letting facts stand in their way. She writes:

The plot for Fox News North, the tag applied to Quebecor’s new Sun Media news channel, was hatched at a lunch Prime Minister Stephen Harper had with Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes in New York on March 30, 2009, according to The Canadian Press.

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