Heard on a local AM radio newscast this morning;
A Deary (Idaho) man charged with aggravated assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm into an inhabited dwelling.
The firearm was described as;
“…a three oh eight caliber shotgun.”
At first I thought maybe it was a combination gun and they just did a clumsy job of describing it, but no. They just got it wrong. I wonder how many people had to approve the copy before it aired, and how many other mistakes they’re making regularly that I wouldn’t notice so easily.
It’s like the talk show host I’d never heard of, but ran into briefly the other night. He sounded pretty good, like he knew what he was saying about relationships and politics, until he started talking about getting electricity from any point in space, from gravity. HE had the answer, which the oil companies had kept secret for generations! At that point you have to not only question everything he says, but seriously doubt it. It might not even be fair to cast doubt on all his human behavioral analysis based on his lack of understanding of physics. One can be well versed in one subject and ignorant of another, but it’s very hard to take someone seriously again after hearing such an ignorant bit. We all make mistakes, but wow. In the case of a news service, with reporters, editors and anchors, it’s a different story. Those proverbial Layers Of Oversight are supposed to catch these things.