Originally Posted by gosmsgo
Its the "drive by" media. Dont you listen to Rush?
That's simply poor editing and fact checking, i.e., a lack of quality control that is perpetuated throughout the AP food chain by outlets that simply repackage and regurgitate what other news outlets like AP produce. By the way, don't think factual errors like this are limited to arcane topics like bicycle technology.
While I don't listen to Rush, I informed enough to have heard the expression "drive-by-media" which is a term Limbaugh created to describe a media practice that, to him, is analogous to urban gangs and "drive-by-shootings" where the goal is not to report factual information regarding the news supported by due-diligence, but to be the first to report on salacious or otherwise emotionally charged events or statements without doing any fact-checking with the goal of attracting an audience and without regard to the consequences or any accountability for any resulting damage. I leave out any examples as that would quickly drive this into a P&R discussion and, well, those are pointless.
Bottom Line: Always best to do your own fact checking, lest you mirror the practices of our current infotainment / tabloid / blogosphere / talking head dominated "news" outlets that are, as I like to say, certainly not news.
In fact, let me close with an anecdote about understanding the expressions you throw around. I knew a gal who worked with very senior executives inside the Beltway and she would never on her worst day ever utter a fowl or unkind word. However, I was having lunch with her one day and she used the expression 'snaafoo'. It caught me complete off guard because it seemed way out of character for her to use an expression like that so I asked her, "Do you know what SNAFU means?" She knew it was an expression that suggesting things hadn't gone as planned but what she didn't know was that when most people who spent anytime in the military or a quasi-military organization know it's an acronym from World War II that means "Systems Normal - All F**ked Up". She had no idea and was now recounting all of the times, places, and people to whom she spoke where she used that expression with a sense of shock and horror. Like I said, she was a true lady in the traditional sense of the work.
Last edited by TandemGeek; 11-29-08 at 08:50 AM.