With some strange things uttered in his speeches during the past week, maybe Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) should consider adding a sharp-eyed fact checker to his staff, suggests Grumpy Editor.
Getting the most play, especially from talk radio personalities who aired sound bites of Obama’s Memorial Day speech to nearly 200 alert military veterans in Las Cruces, N.M., was an embarrassing error. He mentioned:
“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes --- and I see many of them in the audience here today --- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”
Later, with two errors in one sentence, Obama said his uncle was among the troops who liberated the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. Actually, it was a great uncle who helped liberate a concentration camp at Buchenwald. (Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet forces in January, 1945.)
Earlier, at a rally in Roseburg, Ore., with “green” in mind, he declared, “We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times...” Sounds fine. But thermostats set at that reading in the summer (rather than 78 to 80 degrees, as suggested even by power companies), chew up much electricity in getting air conditioning down to that rather cool level.
Grumpy Editor’s end-of-week leftover notes:
More changes ahead? Wall Street Journal chairman Rupert Murdoch told an “All Things Digital” conference in New York Wednesday that with the newspaper’s current editing process, “Every piece of story in WSJ has on average about 8.3 editors involved...that is ridiculous”…Lots of happy journalism students at Burleson (Texas) High School. They have been selected for a MTV docudrama that focuses on teens, similar to “The Paper,” a current show on the cable network. The student journalists feel the national exposure will give them a boost in reaching their career goal. MTV crews arrive next week…More worries for newspaper publishers: A report from Goldman Sachs’ forest products research team said cost per ton of newsprint in this year’s second half will be 20 percent above the like period last year… Creators Syndicate, Los Angeles, reached an agreement Wednesday to buy Copley News Service, San Diego. The combined operation, expected to take effect July 1, will be known as Creators News Service…More orange: Joining the list of companies utilizing hard-to read small white print against a solid orange background is Charles Schwab Corp. The company ran that color combination on four consecutive full-page ads in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal...Note to NBC: In these times of fast-changing political news --- and topical banter that goes with latest developments --- it's pretty dopey to rerun a "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," as was done last night, that originally aired 17 days earlier (May 12), complete with monologue references to Mother's Day, which occurred the previous day.