Sunday, June 21, 2009

The old dope peddler

This one arrived in the overnight mail,* along with the hope that no one will have changed it before its goodness can be shared:

Obama praises drug deal, declares 'turning point'

Well, good news, America! Because almost nobody bothers to read AP suggested heds before slapping them up on the Web site these days, the whole country is playing "Let's Make a Dope Deal" with Barack Hussein0vich and friends:

Obama praises drug deal, says health care changes at a 'turning point' (Star Tribune)
Obama praises drug deal, declares 'turning point' (CBS)
Obama praises drug deal, says it's 'turning point' (Las Vegas Sun)

... and many, many (many, many, many, many) more!

AP style used to caution against using "drugs" for "medicine," on grounds that it could be misunderstood. In most cases, that's not really very likely. But using "drug deal" as shorthand for "agreement on prescription coverage" is the sort of mind-bending cluelessness that makes the AP look foresighted.

* Thanks, Patrick!

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