Thursday, October 16, 2003

What is folklift in French?

The following sentence from an AP story is typical of the rhetoric I have heard of late:

Two Democratic lawmakers say Vice President Dick Cheney's former company, Halliburton, is gouging U.S. taxpayers while importing gasoline into Iraq.

What's the problem? Well, the sentence implies that Dick Cheney formerly owned Halliburton. The fact is he formerly *worked* for Halliburton. That's like calling Anheuser-Busch Jacques Chirac's former company when the truth is he drove a forklift for them 50 years ago.


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