September 28, 2013

For Fox Sake

I know it's basically a professional sport among liberals and/or thinking people these days to question Fox News's bona fides as a news organization because of its clear ideological slant. But guys: I actually went to the Fox News website today to see how they were spinning the whole government shutdown thing, and I have to tell you, there's really no reason to make this a discussion about politics; we can question Fox News's bona fides as a news organization based on their complete inability to compose or copyedit a simple paragraph. To wit:
House Republicans meet to plot next move, as shutdown deadline nears 
...The major issue remains whether the divided Republican House will pass simple legislation approve[d] Friday night by the Democrat-led Senate that funds the entire federal government through Nov. 15.[,] O [o]r will [whether] members [will instead] send another temporary spending bill to the upper chamber with no ObamaCare funding, which would most likely result in a stalemate and partial shutdown Monday night. 
The House sent its first temporary funding bill, without ObamaCare money, to the Senate earlier this month. But Senate Democrat[s] re-inserted funding for the health care law, despite efforts by Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz --— [N.B. two hyphens instead of an em-dash] a conservative, Tea Party-backed lawmaker — [N.B. en-dash instead of an em-dash] to block that effort.
I mean, good grief. Does Fox News hand over its website to a high school newspaper on Saturdays? Or is it like this all the time? If it's not clear from the above, actually copyedited quote, I just want to draw your attention to this ACTUAL SENTENCE published on a purportedly journalistic website:
Or will members send another temporary spending bill to the upper chamber with no ObamaCare funding, which would most likely result in a stalemate and partial shutdown Monday night.
That is both a FRAGMENT and a QUESTION WITHOUT A QUESTION MARK.

Incidentally, as I was writing this rant the Republicans announced their "compromise," so I can't actually link to the offending page. However, I did screenshot it so you know I'm not making anything up:



Seriously, guys. Seriously.

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