Biden reaches past historical accuracy for a greater truthiness

Over at Reason, someone unearthed this gem from Joe Biden’s sit down with Katie Couric: “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘look, here’s what happened.'”

As has been pointed out at the blog:

  • Roosevelt wasn’t president when the market crashed.
  • Television was just an experiment. If FDR had gotten on TV and said this he would have been talking to an audience in the mid- to high-single digits.

On the plus side for the Obama campaign: This is an original idiocy and does not seem to have been plagiarized from anyone else.

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How to make sure no one ever mistakes you for a real journalist

The caption reads: “Ann Curry, news anchor on the NBC ‘Today’ television program, is dressed as Cher, part of the show’s annual Halloween costume event in New York’s Rockefeller Center, Tuesday Oct. 31, 2006.”

At right is someone named Natalie Morales, alleged national correspondent for the show. Oddly Matt Lauer got to dress up as Jack Sparrow and not as a hyper-sexualized figurine.

Suddenly the words “Katie Couric” and “gravitas” don’t seem oxymoronic.

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