October 16, 2008

"And All The Women In My Family Are Female."

Petitedov has a post on the alleged threatening remarks yelled about Barack Obama during a Sarah Palin rally in Scranton.

One of the things that struck me was the defense offered up by Jeff Sonderman, the Metro Editor of The Scranton Times-Tribune, the paper that "broke" the story:
“We stand by the story. The facts reported are true and that’s really all there is.”
This is what's known as a tautology. That is, since the word "fact" means "true," you're comparing synonyms. It's like saying "All the women in my family are female." It's not only faulty logic, it's redundant. What Sonderman essentially said was "All the true things we reported were true." Of course that says nothing about things that may not have been true.


  1. Antimedia12:37 AM

    Hey, they can't help it. They're obligated to report what they hear, even if no one else in the audience heard it. After all, the trooof is important, isn't it?

  2. Hey! Antimedia! Where ya been? are you still writing? I've been looking around, but couldn't find you. Glad to know you're still reading.