Saturday, May 6, 2006

I Did But Now I Don't

Head over to Opinonnation Times to read Anthony's take on Patrick Kennedy's two versions of his accident. First he, Kennedy, goes into some detail about what happened then all of a sudden he can't even remember getting up that morning. Funny that.
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Anonymous said...

I was with a friend of mine once, when he fell over backwards, and completely lost all memory of the preceding 24 hours.

The next day, he could completely recall the time period he'd previously forgotten, but from then onwards, could not recall the time between him hitting his head and going to sleep.

That sort of thing isn't as ridiculous as you'd think - it's actually fairly regular.

However, since you're suspicious, there's an easy way to tell, which is to ask a leading question without him noticing the implications of answering. I invite you to write to a reporter you trust who is currently working on that story and ask him to do just that if you really want to check.

Christopher Lee said...

You don't actually think Patrick Kennedy would talk to Bill O'Reilly do you? Please, he'll only talk to people like Larry King. Don't want anything too hard.

Anonymous said...

O'Reilly's not a reporter. He's a pundit. There's a rather distinct difference. Mainly that pundits give opinions about events reporters report on. Effectively, pundits aren't held to strict fact-checking policies (which can get a reporter fired), as evidenced by O'Reilly himself, just to use an example I have on hand, from January 2002:

Jan 5, 2002 - "58 percent of single-mom homes are on welfare."
Jan 6, 2002 - "Fifty-two percent of families receiving public assistance are headed by single-mothers, 52 percent."
Jan 7, 2002 - About 14 percent of single mothers receive federal welfare benefits.

FAIR has a rather large archive on his lack of fact checking.

Might I suggest someone who actually works for a news outlet?