Department of corrections

October 19, 2008 at 6:59 pm | Posted in Idiot Hall of Fame | 3 Comments

I’m aware that announcing “Melanie Phillips has said/written something which happens to be untrue” has all the headline-grabbing newsworthiness of “it’s raining in Sheffield”, but in this instance it does carry a rather delicious irony. In a post where she basically admits that she couldn’t care less if Sarah Palin turned out to be an imbecile because she’s a Christian and everyone knows that Militant Atheists caused (among other things) today’s banking crisis, Melanie chides the ‘appalling’ Joe Biden for his rather comical tendency to misspeak. According Melanie, Biden is a guy

whose career has been defined by serial grovelling to and appeasement of Iran with all the disastrous consequences that have flowed from that. Not to mention the fact that Biden also revealed during his TV debate that he thinks the US president during the 1929 Wall Street crash was Franklin D Roosevelt, rather than Herbert Hoover who actually was, and that FDR talked to the public about it on TV, which was not yet possible at that time. How can such an idiot be elected to serve ‘a heartbeat away from the presidency’?

Yeah, what a doofus. Only problem is, I watched the Vice Presidential debate and he said no such thing; he actually made the gaffe during an interview segment with Katie Couric. So in a paragraph where she assails the Democrat for getting his facts wrong, Melanie… gets her facts wrong. Brilliant.

To re-jig Phillips’ rather scathing rhetorical question, “How can such an idiot be paid to write for a national magazine?”



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  1. I don’t think Melanie Phillips likes to let the facts get in the way of what she wants to say.

  2. Exactly. It’s a pretty good rule that if she says one thing, you should assume that the opposite is true.

  3. […] accurate. But they hardly ever are. As we’ve already documented, her writings are full of basic factual errors, slurs, exaggerations and unreliable, disreputable sources. As examples of journalism, her posts on […]

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