<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: Who was lying by the president?

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Who was lying by the president?

Check out this example of awful writing by the venerable William Safire, author of "Watching My Language":

"Somebody blew the whistle on the persuasion by Valerie Plame, a C.I.A. employee in Washington, to get her husband, Joseph Wilson IV, assigned to check out reports of Saddam's attempt to buy uranium ore from Niger. (His later book-promoting charges of lying by the president have since been doubly discredited.)"

These two incoherent sentences have so many things wrong with them (grammatically and factually) that we don't have the space to address them all. Can you figure out what in hell Safire is trying to say?



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