Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Another Press Fail

At Donald Trump's town hall meeting, one person  stood up to say:
"We have a problem in this country. It's called Muslims. We know our current president is one. He's not even an American."

"We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That's my question. When can we get rid of them?"
What he had to say was clearly absurd, but the press reports of what he said are almost as absurd. The questioner is clearly asking when can we get rid of the (in reality non-existent) "training camps".  (It may not be as clear in the transcript, but is certainly clear from intonation and emphasis in the person's speech.) Yet he is reported to have asked when can we get rid of Muslims, which he clearly did not.  (Though he probably would like to get rid of Muslims, given the tenor of his statements.)

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