Wednesday, November 30, 2005

John Fund Transcription Service

The right side of blogtopia is all a-twitter over Harry Reid saying that he "heard" that "maybe" Osama bin Laden died in the earthquake in Pakistan. And yet, they're not a-twitter that he may be dead, but that Reid divulged super duper top-secret information. Of course, such people base this accusation on absolutely no evidence whatsoever, but when has that ever stopped them before?

I'm wondering which transcription service these guys use? Here's John Fund, who got the ball rolling, quoting, I guess, this video:

I heard that Osama bin Laden died in the earthquake, and if that's the case, I certainly wouldn't wish anyone harm, but if that's the case, that's good for the world.

Hm. Well, that's not exactly what he said. Watch it for yourself.

I heard today that he may have died in the earthquake that they had in Pakistan. Seriously. And if that’s the case -- I certainly wouldn’t wish anyone harm -- but if that’s the case, that’s good for the world.

Sure, nothing major there. But still, John Fund does pass himself off as a reporter. How about getting the basic nugget of a quote right?

UPDATE: Here's a quote from Donald Rumsfeld from early in November in U.K's Telegraph. The article's thrust was whether bin Laden had died in the earthquake, and Rumsfeld responded, and then did a little nudge, nudge, wink, wink:

Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, attributed bin Laden's low profile to his fears for his safety as American and Pakistani forces hunt down al-Qa'eda members.

"Osama bin Laden hasn't been seen in a video for a hellishly long time," Mr Rumsfeld said in Berlin. "That could be because he's become shy - but wasn't before."

I don't know, that comes perilously close to leaking sensitivie information. What does Rumsfeld know about bin Laden's shyness?

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