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September 04, 2008

Rachel Maddow, Moron

Maddow is claiming in the transcript she has of the speech, words are spelled out phonetically.

She says that this transcript must have come from Palin's teleprompter, and thus proves she needs words sounded out for her.

This is incendiarily, spectacularly stupid. She's either someone who doesn't read much herself or or a nasty lying hack.

Transcripts typically contain phonetic spellings. This is because the person transcribing the text doesn't understand a word, and just puts down what it sounds like, with a "[ph]" designation after it to indicate the transcriber is just taking his best guess.

What Maddow was reading was not the script from the teleprompter, but a transcription tapped out quickly by a transcriber.

It is stunning that anyone in the media could not know this. I knew this before I, ahem, joined the media, because I'd read dozens of transcripts and had seen those "[ph]" notations over and over again.

Is Maddow too fucking stupid and too lacking in any kind of savvy or history of reading transcriptions to know this, or is she just a partisan liar put forth by the Obama campaign to spin the most absurd possible lie about Palin?

I demand answers.

Hmmm: Shill blows my mind and tells me I'm wrong, and that actually teleprompters usually spell out words phonetically. Which I have trouble comprehending, but if that's so, Maddow's still a liar for suggesting then there was something odd about a teleprompter script containing phonetic spellings.

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posted by Ace at 02:45 AM

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