Saturday, November 14, 2009

AP Assign Eleven "fact Checkers" to Palin's New Book

Mark Steyn:

AP writers Matt Apuzzo, Sharon Theimer, Tom Raum, Rita Beamish, Beth Fouhy, H. Josef Hebert, Justin D. Pritchard, Garance Burke, Dan Joling and Lewis Shaine contributed to this report.

Wow. That’s ten “AP writers” plus Calvin Woodward, the AP writer whose twinkling pen honed the above contributions into the turgid sludge of the actual report. That’s 11 writers for a 695-word report. What on? Obamacare? The Iranian nuke program? The upcoming trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

No, the Associated Press assigned 11 writers to “fact-check” Sarah Palin’s new book, and in return the 11 fact-checkers triumphantly unearthed six errors. That’s 1.8333333 writers for each error. What earth-shattering misstatements did they uncover for this impressive investment? Stand well back:


  1. Please forgive me for posting a correction of the math here -- love your posts Matrix -- but it's actually worse than you told it.

    6 errors divided among 11 fact checkers equals .545456 errors per fact checker.

    Now why did we not see this kind of intense scrutiny directed towards Obama's claims of success with the economic stimulus?

    Oh well; I guess another 1.5 million unemployed don't amount to too much.

    But those six errors in Sarah Palin's book, we'll just have to put a stop to that right now!

    Take care Matrix



  2. There was a lot more than six errors.


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