Listening to Myself

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

When pundits get bored...

Things rapidly get out of hand!

Here's an article from the Sacramento Bee, documenting how a Schwarzenegger quote got completely mangled and blown completely out of whack. The quote changes from a rather mild statement about how the Republican party should move back towards the center a bit, to one where he is telling the Republican party that they need to embrace gay marriage and abortion rights. Um, ok, I think some people have had too much spiked eggnog at certain policy institutes.

My favorite part though is the Google ads at the bottom. The first is for the official RNC site, offering to show you how you can help promote the GOP message today. The next is for a site called "Better Dead than Red" which claims to tell the "uncensored story" about how the "Reds are taking over the country". And the last ad is for a petition to support the Ohio recount. I guess the Google algorithm wasn't quite sure what to make of this article...


  • It's amazing what gets lost in translation and how people hear what they want to hear. Granted the original quote wasn't the clearest in the world. So often you hear someone say something, and it sounds ok. Then you see a transcript of what they said and you can't believe that they said it. I don't know if it's because you have more time to puzzle it out when reading or if the pauses that make the statement don't come through in the text.

    In closing - the ads I saw were for:
    - The Official RNC Site
    - Heinz or W Ketchup? (
    - Meet Democratic singles

    Go figure.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:18 AM  

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